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Macon economic developers report activity up

Macon Economic developers report activity up

By: Rodney Manley


In what might be a promising sign of recovery, the Macon Economic Development Commission began recruiting eight prospective new industries in January, while also hosting four visits by prospects.


The eight new projects were the most opened in a single month since August, which was the high mark of 2010, said Pat Topping, the commission’s senior vice president.

 “I’m hearing this from my cohorts around the state, that activity is picking up,” Topping said after Monday’s meeting of Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority.

One of the new prospects, given the code name “Project Tigers,” could employ as many as 400 people, Topping said in a report to the authority. Officials from that company made one of the four visits here last month.


Projects are given code names for confidentiality and can be at various stages of recruitment. For instance, some might simply have been identified and contacted by local officials, while others, described as “hot,” are in actual negotiations.


One “hot” prospect is “Project Warren,” a distribution center. That company and another, “Project Pinetree,” a manufacturer, are looking at industrial park sites, Topping said. If landed, the companies each would employ about 50 workers, he said.


“We’ve got a lot to be hopeful for,” authority Chairman Cliffard Whitby said.

Another of the four “hot projects,” code-named “Signature,” is an electronic signature company that would allow Bibb County residents to sign digitally for deeds, records and other documents, with Macon as its Georgia hub. The company, California-based Image X, would bring as many as 30 to 40 new jobs.


The others, “Project Rick Auto” and “Project Earth,” both are automotive-based. Macon-Bibb County is one of four communities vying for Project Earth, Topping told the authority.


To contact writer Rodney Manley, call 744-4623.

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