To help Macon attract and retain talent, expand economic opportunity and build civic engagement through a semiannual call for new ideas, the Downtown Challenge, which will support the implementation of the Macon Action Plan for the city's urban core.
To include Knight-community libraries in the creation of a national digital library network
To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.
Our work in Macon focuses in three areas:
1) Supporting neighborhood renewal in Macon’s urban core by attracting, retaining and engaging talented people. Our ongoing work in the Beall’s Hill neighborhood and the College Hill Corridor shows that vibrant and diverse neighborhoods are a key to economic development. Knight helps our neighborhood partners build a sense of place, belonging and pride.
2) Supporting an informed, engaged community. Knight’s partnership in Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism trains journalists, while focusing on important community issues and engaging residents in problem-solving. An effective civic conversation requires timely, accurate and actionable information as well as the best, increasingly digital, tools of participation. We will continue to support information exchange, whether by neighbors, businesses, nonprofits, universities or government.
3) Supporting the efforts to build a creative economy. Macon has a strong music heritage, and a wealth of arts and artists for whom we want Macon to remain home base. However, creativity is not just for our artists; it’s for all. Knight supports creative approaches to building a 21st century economy, whether through innovation, artistic expression or entrepreneurship
If you’re interested in our arts program, learn more about our arts strategy.
We invest in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.
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Macon Community Advisory Committee
• Charles Olson
• Lynn Murphey
• George McCanless
• Monica Smith