The city of Macon has been an accredited Main Street community since 2011 when Main Street Macon was officially founded. When the program formed, it was housed in the city of Macon’s Economic and Community Development Department and continued to be housed in this department after city/county consolidation. In 2018, Macon-Bibb County transferred the responsibilities of the Main Street program and Macon’s Main Street accreditation to NewTown Macon in order to synergize downtown development efforts and eliminate duplication of efforts. Macon has been an accredited Main Street community for 10 years.
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MAP 2.0 cites the need for more family-friendly programming in downtown Macon. Main Street Macon’s board of directors regularly plans events for families to enjoy and recently established an events committee to fulfill this void in downtown Macon. Monthly and annual events like First Friday, The Market, Seuss on the Loose, Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Macon, and Christmas in Downtown help provide activities for the whole family to enjoy in downtown Macon.
Main Street Macon’s board of directors is currently working to identify opportunities for temporary and permanent infrastructure for families to enjoy such as game boards in alleys.
Main Street Macon works to support existing businesses by planning promotional events that generate foot traffic downtown and providing communication for downtown business owners between NewTown Macon and county partners. Main Street Macon helps support the Downtown Macon Community Association and manages the downtown business owner Facebook group.
The Downtown Macon Hype Team is a group of ambassadors who want you to love downtown Macon and share the hype! Main Street Macon’s marketing committee manages this volunteer street team that work events and share the good things happening downtown through social media.