Greater Macon Chamber Offers Help at HOME

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

In April 2019, the Greater Macon Chamber hosted the first annual Macon Matters legislative event featuring a keynote address by Governor Brian Kemp and providing direct personal access with the Macon delegation. We are using those personal relationships to provide frontline assistance for our members and our community affected by the current global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 Virus.

For the past 150 years, the Chamber has responded in times of crisis, and today is no exception. We are committed to developing and collaborating with government, and public-private entities who can support our businesses and families during this critical period. We will use caution and implement best practices to ensure safety for staff and members. We plan to take a proactive approach, using technology and relationships to help the community rebound with reboot strategies designed to boost our local economy by collaborating with significant partnerships that support existing industry, local employers, and hometown businesses.

The call for action is clear. Macon Matters. It matters to all who live, work, recreate and thrive in this community. We are all in this together and we are taking our responsibilities seriously. It is our civic duty to support Macon-Bibb businesses with personal outreach, technology and messaging to sustain jobs and commerce. A new homebase platform offering information and resources for will be hosted at Everything starts at HOME. The concept is simple. HOME is an acronym for Help Our Macon Economy. Members and citizens will be able to access one platform to learn about retailers and restaurant offers, business best practices, remote working resources, special business services, local Chamber member spotlights and the latest news.

The Greater Macon Chamber is already building a platform for 21st century economic development based on technological training and key partnerships. The programs will assist businesses with access to new technological resources to maintain competitiveness. By developing digital environments and nurturing skill-based training, we can sustain classroom learning, regardless of physical crises and shutdowns.It is exciting that our partners in workforce and talent development, including Macon Bibb County Board of Education, Central Georgia Technical College and Middle Georgia State University, have all committed their support for the Chamber’s new technology and talent driven mission to ensure economic development sustainability. We are blessed we are to represent a community that is innovative and resilient. If one thing is certain, it is that we are Greater Together!