Cliffard Whitby, Chairman, Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority
Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority
The Industrial Authority is the lead economic development arm for Macon-Bibb County. Enacted in 1962, we’re charged with analyzing the use of resources entrusted to us by the community to maximize the impact of business development. We take the responsibility for making crucial decisions seriously. The authority works to incentivize relocations, always mindful that who we are today as a community is a stepping stone to the community we want to be tomorrow.
Greatest contribution the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority makes to Middle Georgia.
Our greatest contribution is to help grow the community economically. Our responsibilities extend from the taxing entities to the school system and the consolidated government. We understand business and know how to grow a community intelligently. We measure our productivity by the quality of the relocations, not the number. When we bring business to our area we weigh the public good to ensure it’s a good fit.
Why education is such a powerful, life-changing tool.
My father operated a business in Macon for 45 years, cutting hair in Downtown Macon less than two blocks from this office. He didn’t have the opportunities I have today. He was limited in what was available for him. Today I am the chairman of the lead economic development arm simply because I had opportunity. Education gives individuals opportunities and opens doors that once were closed. So I am a living testimony for education and opportunity.
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My hope for Education Together.
Human beings have the ability to do remarkable things and that starts with a serious commitment by community leaders. I’m hoping Education Together can be a catalyst to get young people college and career ready, to graduate from high school with options, like the opportunity to continue their education. Options are the essence of freedom and if we have young people graduating from high school prepared and with options we will have done a tremendous service for our region.
How I will define the success of Education Together.
If we’re going to be the community we want to be proud of, we have to decide where we want to go and do whatever it takes to get there. Education Together will be successful if we can grow talent from within. We have smart, talented young people, and if we support them, I think in 10 years we’ll say this was the best thing we could have done – support education and help young people fulfill their dreams.
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