On Thursday, January 16, the Obama Administration announced it is expanding the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative to seven additional cities, including Macon-Bibb County. At a press conference that day in the Commission Chambers in the Macon-Bibb Government Center, Mayor Robert Reichert thanked the people attending as they represented the departments and partners that helped make this happen. To watch the full press conference, click here: To watch the press conference in its entirety, click here: http://maconbibb.tv/node/99.
“This is a thrilling time for Macon-Bibb County as we attract national attention for our ability, our willingness, and our capacity to overcome the challenges so many cities across the country are facing,” says Mayor Reichert. “We are turning around 40 years of blight and decline in our community and creating a better place for our children and grandchildren to live, work, learn, and play.”
As a participant, Macon-Bibb will have a federal inter-agency expert team deployed to work alongside city leadership, community organizations, local businesses, and philanthropic foundations to advance our vision for economic growth and development. The primary goal is to help Macon-Bibb more effectively invest existing resources, provide advice, and expertise in support of local priorities, better align federal programs and investments, and facilitate new partnerships and peer learning opportunities wherever possible.