Macon, GA – According to the statement, for 3 days, more than 100 experts toured the city to learn about Macon’s public spaces and revitalization efforts, explore Downtown’s connection to the Historic Pleasant Hill neighborhood, and learn about the collaborative efforts to turn Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park into Georgia’s first National Park. For some it was their first time.
Macon was selected because of our work to advance civic engagement and strengthen democracy through public spaces.
For Macon, RCC cites the Macon Action Plan (MAP) as a national example of how cities can creatively involve residents in improving their communities.
The RCC’s report cites the Macon team’s use of “democratized implementation,” meaning they actively engage people and groups in planning, designing, and building projects, as opposed to centralizing it with one organization.
It was approved in 2015 after an 18 month-long planning process that was open to the entire community and included input from more than two thousand people through engaging public meetings and events, online forms, and more.