The Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI) was invited to work with NewTown Macon, thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and additional funding from the Business Improvement District, to help facilitate safe and vibrant growth in the “social economy.” Through this partnership, RHI conducted interviews with stakeholders and led focus groups to facilitate a Hospitality Zone Assessment and Sociable City Plan.

The focus of the report’s analysis and recommendations is on the social economy contained within downtown Macon’s Central Business District. However, some findings and suggested actions may address systemic challenges and issues that may affect social venues countywide.

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