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I-16 Corridor Alliance Hosts Legislative Luncheon

The I-16 Corridor Alliance recently hosted a Legislative Luncheon at the Black Creek Lodge in Bryan County. State Senators and Representatives representing districts located along I-16 and Georgia U.S. Senators and Congressmen were invited to the luncheon to learn more about the collaborative efforts of the alliance and to discuss legislative issues that impact the Georgia Ports, the I-16 corridor, economic development, and future business growth along the corridor.

The alliance was formed in 2008 by Economic Development Directors and Chamber leaders in an effort to foster economic growth along the corridor. The twelve member counties of the alliance are: Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Bleckley, Laurens, Treutlen, Emanuel, Candler, Bullock, Bryan, Effingham and Chatham. The focus of the alliance is cooperative marketing of the interstate to groups such as the utility company project managers, state economic development departments and site procurement associations.

Bibb County is represented as an active member in the alliance by Pat Topping, Senior Vice President of the Macon Economic Development Commission and Leah Blasingame, Manager of Business and Industry with the Macon Economic Development Commission.

The Macon Economic Development Commission is the private/public partnership responsible for recruiting new business and industry to Macon and Bibb County in Georgia and for the retention of established companies. If you would like more information on economic development in Macon, please contact Patrick Topping, CEcD, Senior Vice President at 478-621-2030 or visit

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