Tour of Progress

Tours will depart from 518 Mulberry Street

Walking tours will leave every thirty minutes: 5:00PM, 5:30PM, 6:00PM, 6:30PM
Partners in Progress Awards will follow at 7PM.

NewTown Macon’s Tour of Progress will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 5-7pm. The tour will feature NewTown’s current and recently completed projects, along with a few additional downtown projects. Explore 6-10 projects in Downtown Macon and hear about the building’s history, construction, and future goals.

Walking tours leave every 30 minutes from the corner of Mulberry and Third Streets at 518 Mulberry Street. The last tour will leave at 6:30pm.

At the end of each tour, you’re invited to join us for refreshments at Travis Jean Gallery (530 Cherry St.) Winners of this year’s Partners in Progress Awards will be announced following the end of the last tour, around 7:00pm.

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Partners in Progress Awards

Each year, NewTown recognizes businesses, organizations, and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional passion and commitment to the revitalization of Downtown Macon. The awards are given in one of eleven categories: The R. Kirby Godsey Leadership, Juanita T. Jordan Community Service, Growing Jobs, Increasing Residents, Creating a Sense of Place, 360 Degrees, Special Recognition, Emerging Partner, Emerging Leader, Downtown Ambassador, and Spirit of Cooperation. Awards may or may not be given in every category.

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Awards and Previous Recipients

The R. Kirby Godsey Leadership Award is presented to an individual whose accomplishments and professional contributions to downtown’s revitalization have been outstanding and innovative. This award, along with the Juanita Jordan Award, are the highest awards that our Board of Directors can bestow, and are not given every year. These awards are only given to recognize exceptional contributions to downtown over many years if not decades.

David Thompson (2016)
Bill Causey (2015)
Thomas Wicker (2014)
Bibb County Legislative Delegation, Consolidation (2012)
Bill Underwood (2011)
Sam Hart & Robert Reichert (2009)
Gene Dunwody, Sr. (2007)

The Juanita Jordan Community Service award is given to an individual or organization who has gone above and beyond in the field of community service within our community. Again, one of our highest regarded awards.

Daybreak (2016)
Thomas Wicker (2013)
Chris Sheridan (2011)
Larry Schlesinger (2009)
Wimberly Treadwell (2008)
Lynn Cass (2007)

The Partners in Progress Award for Growing Jobs Award goes to individuals, businesses, or organizations strengthening the quantity and quality of jobs in the downtown area.

HotPlates Restaurant Group (2016)
Just Tap’d (2015)
Macon Beer (2014)
Dannenberg Partners (2012)
Secure Health (2011)
Talmadge Stuckey (2009)
Dick Godschalk, SCORE Middle GA (2008)
GCSU/ Dorothy Leland (2007)
Tony Long and Gene Dunwody, Jr. (2006)

The Emerging Leader award goes to an organization or individual that has made significant contributions to Downtown Macon and has demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service.

Kaitlynn Kressin (2016)
Robins Federal Credit Union (2013)
Heritage Bank (2013)
CHW – Mulberry Market (2011)
Keith Watson (2009)
Ruby’s in Rush/Ruby Roberts (2007)

Alex Morrison and Mechel McKinnley (2012)
The recipient of the Partners in Progress Award for Increasing Residents may directly increase residents by renovating or create buildings that house lofts, apartments or condominiums or by financing residential development or promoting downtown living.

Bryan Nichols (2016)
Millworks Holdings (2015)
Marco (Massimo) Danese (2014)
State Bank (2013)
Bibb County Commissioners & Bibb County Development Authority (2012)
Bryan Nichols (2011)
Kevin DuBose (2008)
Vern McCarty (2006)

The Partners in Progress Award for Creating a Sense of Place winner may establish a popular event; improve the aesthetics of downtown; create a business, which attracts people to downtown; protect or preserve an endangered building or property; strengthen the community; or enhance public space.

Just Tap’d (2016)
Macon-Bibb Parks and Beautification (2015)
League of Creative Interventionist (2014)
Jean Bragg (2014)
Mercer University Football Program (2013)
Macon Film Commission (2012)
Karen Lambert (2011)
Mike Dyer, Cox Communications (2009)
Brad Evans, Bragg Jam (2008)
CVB/Janice Marshall (2007)
David Thompson (2006)

The 360-Degree Award honors individuals, businesses, or organizations, which are improving all aspects of downtown. The 360-degree award winner exhibits a commitment to all three of NewTown’s focuses: increasing residents, growing jobs and creating a sense of place.

Sierra Development (2016)
Macon Action Plan (2015)
Chad and Wes Griffith for H&H (2014)
Bryan Nichols and Kevin Reaves (2013)
Tony Widner (2012)
Josh Rogers, Historic Macon housing (2011)
College-Hill, Sarah Gerwig-Moore (2009)
Wes Griffith (2008)

The Special Recognition Award is presented to an individual or organization for outstanding efforts in a specific area of revitalization of downtown or community improvement.

Macon Magazine (2016)
Hometown Yoga’s “Hoppy Hour Yoga” (2015)
Cesare Mammarella (2013)
Steve Lawson (2013)
Partnership for Downtown Beautification (2013)
Al Gerhart (2012)
FPD Downtown Campus (2012)
Pilar Wilder (2011)
Joey Stuckey (2011)
Catherine Sample, Macon Arts (2009)
Terrell Sandefur, SoChi Gallery (2009)
Naomi Davis, City Market (2008)
Theatre Macon/Jim Crisp (2007)
Zelma & Karla Redding (2007)
Frank Amerson, Jr. (2006)

The Emerging Partner Award showcases new individuals or organizations becoming involved in the downtown movement.

Macon Bibb Urban Development Authority (2016)
Main Street Macon (2015)
Rick Hill (2013)
Gil Herrington (2013)
Jim Daws (2012)
Tony Widner (2011)
Brian Adams and Ryan Griffin (2011)
Jeff Jones and Clay Murphey (2006)

The Downtown Ambassador Award goes to an individual or organization acting as a representative or promoter of downtown. The nominee may encourage the community to visit, live, shop or recreate downtown. The nominee would be characterized as a positive force for downtown.

Scott Mitchell (2016)
Diana Blair (2015)
Steve and Laura Bell (2014)
Bob Fickling, Jazz on the Dock (2012)
Capital City Bank (2011)
Willie Nesbitt (2007)