History, higher education and a nearby air base

Macon, middle Georgia’s mid-sized capital at the intersection of Interstate 16 (to Savannah and I-95) and I-75, has plenty of advantages from northern Bibb County to the southern end, where Georgia drops down to sea level.

The beautiful Ocmulgee River runs through it, and a picturesque riverwalk links the Ocmulgee National Monument to a scenic downtown with wide sidewalks and streets. Macon’s retail center is a draw for counties all over middle Georgia. The city has a vibrant higher education community and a strong economic anchor just south in Warner Robins at Robins Air Force Base, which employs more than 27,000 with another 36,855 jobs resulting from peripheral services to the base.

“We had five announcements last year,” says Pat Topping, senior vice president of the Macon Economic Development Commission. “Three of them were existing companies that expanded. We’re proud to have been able to keep them, and I believe it says a lot about our area.”

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