Tour of Progress


Tours will begin at 470 First Street, Downtown Macon

Tours will leave every thirty minutes: 5:00PM, 5:30PM, 6:00PM, 6:30PM
Partners in Progress awards will begin at 7PM at 533 Cherry Street, the final stop on the tour.

NewTown Macon’s Tour of Progress will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 5 to 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 a briefing on the construction, history and future goals. Partners in Progress awards will also be awarded. Tour of Progress 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.

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.

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

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 organization strengthening the quantity and quality of jobs in the downtown area.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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