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    NEWS  RELEASE     Contact:  Andrew  Sherry,  305-­‐908-­‐2677;     Macon Recognized for Community Building Efforts New National League of Cities report highlights Macon as an example of best practices in community engagement     MACON, Ga. – (May 2, 2013) – A new report, “Bright Spots in Community Engagement” released this week highlights Macon, GA for its efforts to build greater civic participation. The report, authored by the National League of Cities with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, scans community engagement practices in 14 cities and provides detailed case studies of four. In particular, the report showcases the redevelopment effort of Macon’s College Hill Corridor, which involves residents in the physical, economic and civic revitalization of the neighborhoods surrounding Mercer University. The ongoing initiative which began in 2007 with support from Knight Foundation, is highlighted as a model for public participation, as well as a catalyst for new civic engagement initiatives—from rehabilitated housing to technology innovation. Knight Neighborhood Challenge grants are also mentioned for their part in spurring community improvement and providing a means for Macon residents to reshape the health and vitality of their neighborhoods. Knight Foundation’s strategy in Macon is focused on creating a strong urban core and fostering greater ties to the community, while connecting people to the issues they care about through information technology. “By highlighting Macon as a bright spot in citizen engagement, the report reinforces the consistent commitment of Macon leaders and citizens to shape a vibrant community,” said Beverly Blake, Macon program director for Knight Foundation. “It essentially allows a starting point for greater analysis into best practices born in the city that can be built upon locally, as well as shared with similar communities across the country.” For more information on “Bright Spots in Community Engagement” and to read the full report please visit: About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation   The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit    

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Macon Recognized for Community Building Efforts