College Hill Alliance names marketing director

The College Hill Alliance, a partnership between the city of Macon and Mercer University, named Jessica Walden on Friday as its marketing director.

Walden is currently the editor of Address Macon and Houston County Magazine. She also serves on the boards of several local organizations, including the Bragg Jam Festival and the Macon Film & Video Festival.

Walden is the first of three hires for the Alliance, which was created through a $5 million grant awarded by the Knight Foundation earlier this summer. The Alliance’s mission is to develop the area between Mercer’s campus and downtown Macon economically, environmentally and culturally.