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MEDC & MBCIA Announce New Economic Development Agreement


December 21, 2016

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The Macon Bibb County Industrial Authority and the Macon Economic
Development Commission Sign Historic Agreement

(December 21, 2016 Macon, GA) The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) and the Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC) announce that the two groups have signed an agreement to restructure the Economic Development Team for Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, that will be effective January 1, 2017.  During that month, the two groups will transition the MBCIA into the role as the single point of contact for industrial recruitment in Macon-Bibb County. In this new role, the MBCIA will be responsible for marketing Macon-Bibb County to new businesses and industries, and will be responsible for Authority Resources (land, incentives, etc.) involved in the recruitment process.

The MEDC will continue to focus on Talent Recruitment/Retention, Workforce Development, Existing Industry/Retention and Growth, and Entrepreneurship/Small Business Development for Macon-Bibb.

"This new agreement will strengthen Macon-Bibb's economic development team, a team that has been recognized for excellence across the state and the South," says MEDC Chair Starr Purdue. "The team will now be able to focus our resources into the three areas in which we see tremendous growth opportunities, and this new agreement with the Industrial Authority will make our already strong team even stronger."

"The Industrial Authority appreciates our long partnership with MEDC, as well as, our combined ability to adapt to an ever-changing business landscape," says Cliffard Whitby, Chairman of the MBCIA Board. "The Industrial Authority remains committed to improving our model whenever necessary to achieve the mission entrusted to us as the lead economic development body for this community."

"MEDC, along with our partners at the Industrial Authority, has established a stellar record in the state of job growth in new and existing companies," says George Greer, Chairman of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce.  "This new public/private partnership agreement will allow MEDC to focus its efforts on three critical and growing segments of our community: workforce, existing companies, and entrepreneurship and small businesses.
"In the past several years, we have seen a renewed interest by new and existing businesses to increase their investment in Macon-Bibb County, and part of that has been due to having single points of contact and clear lines of responsibility," says Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert. "I applaud MEDC and the Industrial Authority for working together to make it easier for businesses and industry to make an investment in our community and improve all of our quality of life."

Dan Slagle will assume the Chairmanship of MEDC in 2017. Robbo Hatcher will continue to lead the Workforce Committee as Vice Chair, leading the Talent Recruitment/Retention efforts and addressing our changing workforce needs. Rob Betzel will continue as Vice Chair of the Existing Industry Committee, focusing on the development of our existing companies, while Bruce Freeman will serve as Vice Chair of the Entrepreneurship/Small Business Committee.


The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) is a public body corporate and politic duly created by an Act of the General Assembly in 1962 and is governed by a six-member board. The MBCIA was created for the public purpose of promoting and expanding, for the public good and welfare, industry and trade within Macon-Bibb County, Georgia and reducing unemployment to the greatest extent possible. The MBCIA has developed and owns land in several industrial parks, and also leases manufacturing, warehousing and office space. To learn more, visit

The Macon Economic Development Commission (MEDC) is a public-private partnership funded by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority.  MEDC works with Talent Recruitment/Retention; Addressing current and future skills gaps with our existing companies; Growth and Retention plans with our existing companies and Entrepreneurship/Small Business growth in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia.

Formed in 1992 as the marketing arm of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, the Macon Economic Development Commission has collaborated with the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, Macon-Bibb County, the Macon Water Authority, the Bibb County Board of Education, and other partners to create more than 12,000 direct and indirect jobs in Macon-Bibb and more than $59 million in annual payroll, and to generate more than $1.6 billion in new investment in buildings and machinery. The team has assisted 93 new and existing companies since 2004.

Find out how Macon Economic Development Commission Works for Warehousing & Distribution, Shared Services, Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Automotive and Food Processing