Macon-Bibb County brought home five awards Friday from the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation.
Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful won two of the prizes, while Mayor Robert Reichert, the Austin Smith Center for Community Development and the Historic Macon Foundation each took one, according to a news release from Macon-Bibb spokesman Chris Floore.
Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful was handed a first-place award as affiliate of the year and a second-place award for litter prevention at the Atlanta luncheon for the statewide annual awards.
“This is so exciting for Macon-Bibb to be recognized for its efforts to clean up our community and to educate more people on why it’s so important,” Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Executive Director Pam Carswell said in the news release. “We’ve made a significant outreach into our schools to educate our children about the importance of having a clean neighborhood and recycling. If we can get them on board with a cleaner, greener Macon-Bibb, we can make an impact for years to come.”
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Reichert was named elected official of the year, which rewards a commitment to supporting beautification efforts.
“These are recognitions -- not of a specific person or organization -- but of the combined effort of our entire community to cleaning up and improving Macon-Bibb,” Reichert said in the release. “It takes each of us working in our neighborhoods, along our streets, and at our gateways to instill a sense of pride in our community, and I want to congratulate and thank everyone for working together to make that happen.”
The Austin Smith Center for Community Development won a first-place award for its litter prevention efforts, and the Historic Macon Foundation took second place for community improvement work.
Historic Macon Executive Director Ethiel Garlington said in the release that the award belongs to the group’s thousands of supporters, and that Historic Macon plans to keep working on downtown lofts and improving Beall’s Hill.
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