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MEDC Bus Tour

The top brass of the Macon area’s economic development team put their wares on display for local officials Thursday.
About 30 business leaders, elected officials and members of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, the Macon Economic Development Commission and the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce took a bus ride around town.
Their stops included Macon area industrial parks -- Ocmulgee East, Sofkee Industrial, I-75 Business Park, and Airport East and South. The bus tour also stopped at another critical economic development location -- the encroachment area near Robins Air Force Base.
“We talk about economic development a lot in Macon and it was important for us to go out and see ... when we talk about encroachment, where is it? When we talk about the industrial parks, where are they?” said Leonard Bevill, the president and CEO of Macon Occupational Medicine.
Robbo Hatcher, CEO of H2 Capital and a member of the chamber’s board of directors, said it’s important that local business leaders and elected officials get a close look at what the area has to offer potential new industries.
“To touch, feel and see the sites,” he said. “To see what a 750,000-square-foot building looks like. Too see the industrial parks we’ve assembled.”
The group also got a tour of the Boeing plant on Avondale Mill Road. That plant has been named one of the top 10 manufacturing plants in North America.
Macon’s Boeing facility “reflects the work force here,” Hatcher said.
Contact Business Editor Harold Goodridge at 744-4382.
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