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Macon Named Finalist for Friendliest Town in America

The Finalists for Rand McNally’s Best of the Road contest were announced Thursday, September 12, and Macon finished in the Top Five for Friendliest City in America. Macon made it to the top five because of votes cast online after a social media push from the City and many local organizations and individuals.  “Once again, our community used social media to let the country know what a great place Macon is to live, work, and play,” says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert. “First, they showed support for improving the Second Street Corridor by winning the Paint What Matters contest and have now let the country know what great people live here. This speaks volumes for the type of community we are in Macon: friendly, active, and supportive.”

The City and partners must now produce and submit a video or photo tour and an essay that is original and creative that persuades the judges why Macon is the Friendliest town in America. Judges will also continue to monitor online social activity, both the persuasiveness and volume of content. Winners of the contest will be announced on October 7, 2013.
To continue supporting and letting the country know about Macon, go online and use social media to show our friendliness.
• Post photos and reviews showing why Macon is the friendliest town in America to our page at;
• ‘Like’ Best of the Road on Facebook ( and post photographs and reviews about the friendliness of Macon; and
• Post photos on Twitter, and Instagram, and Pinterest with the tag #bestoftheroad.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Macon to shine because we all know the great people that live here and can now show that to America,” says Monica Smith, President and CEO of the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This contest is talked about and highly regarded by CVB’s and tourist associations across the country.”

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