College Hill Alliance announces new leader

Heather Holder, director of Milledgeville’s Digital Bridges project, has been named executive director of the College Hill Alliance.

Holder, who has been director at the Bridges project since 2009, replaces Patrick Madison, who resigned last month after three years.

Holder’s hire date is effective Jan. 9, according to a news release from the alliance.

The College Hill Alliance was established three years ago with a $2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to Mercer University to help the community create physical improvements and economic development in 2 square miles of the city between Mercer’s campus and downtown Macon.

The university announced in September that the Knight Foundation had extended its grant $2.3 million for three years.

“I am looking forward to working with the College Hill Corridor Commission as they partner with both public and private entities in order to extend the successes of the College Hill initiative throughout Central Georgia,” Holder said in the release.

The Digital Bridges project, funded by a $1.5 million Knight Foundation grant to Georgia College & State University, was launched to help residents, businesses, non-profits and government agencies in Milledgeville and Baldwin County with technology initiatives.

Under Holder’s leadership, the Bridge’s project assisted private developers and the city of Milledgeville to leverage $3.9 million to restore a 30,000-square-foot blighted building into the Baldwin Lofts, the largest private investment in Milledgeville’s commercial district.



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