The online job-posting aggregator Bright.com just dubbed Macon one of the countrys 10 best cities in which to find a job, according to the Postgradproblems.com blog. Admittedly, Macon is No. 10 on the list. The best is Seattle, Wash. The closest city that also made the list is Charlotte, N.C., at No. 4.
Bright.com apparently derived its score from the number of Macon jobs being advertised. But after looking up Macons 9.5 percent unemployment rate at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -- the national average is 7.7 percent -- we couldnt help but wonder if anyone from Bright.com has ever made the trek from their San Francisco office to take a look at Macon.
We suspect the ranking has more to do with a dearth of local technical skills than an actual abundance of jobs. Thats something local educators and job placement services agree on; and most candidates for Macon-Bibb mayor say theyll encourage technical training programs so local residents can be the ones to fill those high-skilled jobs.
When bureaucracies collide
A committee of state legislators has scheduled a meeting for its Red Tape Watch Initiative in Macon.
Naturally, these would be some of the same state legislators who voted to create the first-ever Macon-Bibb County election, which is happening the same day as the meeting.
The Small Business Development Committee will host the meeting Tuesday -- election day -- from 4-7 p.m. at Mercer University in the Presidents Dining Room.
In a statement, House Speaker David Ralston said the meetings help Georgians tell legislators about regulatory problems, such as rules that blocked land reuse and development that have since been addressed.
Macon is to host the first meeting this year. Another one has been scheduled for Savannah.
Meanwhile, both the Bibb County Board of Commissioners and Macon City Council are continuing with plans for meetings on election day. Many members from each organization are running for election to the new Macon-Bibb County commission.
The 5x5 Program, aiming to spiff up Macon neighborhoods five blocks at a time, rolls on. Its third sweep through Ward 3 began this week and will continue until Oct. 11, according to city Public Affairs Director Chris Floore.
The program, which costs about $25,000 per year, sends city crews on an intensive cleanup of five-block areas: painting curbs, replacing signs, trimming public rights-of-way and more. Theyre often joined by members of volunteer groups that can go onto private property where public workers cant. The cleanups hit all five wards in sequence, with each round usually targeting an area adjacent to the previous cleanup. Thats the case in the latest location.
The area receiving the focused services is bordered by Calloway Drive, Rogers Place, Culver Street, and Forest Avenue and is adjacent to the second area that received the focused services, Floore said in a news release.
Bibb County staffers expect a good election Tuesday, but they have also scheduled a challenge hearing -- if required -- to address any challenged ballots from the election. The hearing, if required, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20 in the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections office at 2445 Pio Nono Ave.
Transportation plan open for comments
The public review period for a Macon-area transportation plan will run through Sept. 27.
Comments on the Transportation Improvement Program of Macon Area Transportation Study are being accepted at Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning, Suite 1000, 682 Cherry St., Macon, GA 31201. Comments can also be emailed to email@example.com. The draft document is available online at www.maconbibbpz.org as well as at the planning and zoning office, the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Washington Memorial Library, and the Georgia Department of Transportation location on Riverside Drive.
Writers Jim Gaines and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.