AUGUST | 2020
The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) continues to support the needs of local industries and prospects. As we navigate our way through this unprecedented time, our workforce remains committed to supporting the movement of people and goods throughout Macon-Bibb County, so that industries can respond to the COVID-19 crisis. This issue of "IN THE KNOW" focuses on the ways the MBCIA continues to serve our local community through job creation and industry safety.
The onslaught of COVID-19 has brought many changes to the business community. The MBCIA Board of Directors continues to hold their monthly board meetings while keeping a safe distance. “We are committed to doing the people’s business,” says MBCIA Chairman Robby Fountain.

The CDC has recommended that everyone adheres to social distancing guidelines and maintain a safe distance. Legal counsel to the Board of Directors, Kevin Brown, starts each meeting by asking if anyone has traveled in order to ensure that all attendees have not been in close contact with an area that has been hit hard by COVID-19.

The MBCIA continues to work hard to assist industries during these uncertain times, “We’re making every effort to make sure they’re getting verified and factual information from the CDC and Department of Public Health,” said Stephen Adams, Executive Director for the MBCIA.
Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority Existing Industry
In Macon-Bibb County, we are fortune to have many employers that call this wonderful place their home. They are more than just employers; they are part of the fabric of our community. Local employers support our schools, churches, community organizations, and all the things that improve our lives.

In these trying times, the MBCIA Existing Industry Department continues to work with local and state partners to assist industries with road repairs, stop lights, workforce development, and a host of other local issues that industries may need assistance with.
Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) prepares Georgia's students for their next step after high school--college, beginning a career, registered apprenticeships, or the military. Georgia CTAE pathway course offerings, leverage partnerships with industry and higher education institutions to ensure students have the skills they need to thrive in the future workforce.

MBCIA Existing Industry Manager Eleyce Coleman, received the CTAE Advisory Board member of the year award at Rutland High School. This award was given for her dedication and hard work with connecting Industries to Bibb County school students.

Last year, the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) department hosted the inaugural Ready to Work Job Fair for juniors and seniors enrolled in the CTAE program. The CTAE Ready to Work Job Fair led to the inaugural Career Signing Day.

This year, the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) partnered with the Bibb County Schools CTAE department to connect high school seniors with industries seeking to hire. This virtual job fair allowed students to ask student specific questions related to the career paths they are interested pursing.

In 2019, several industries located along Industrial Highway and within the Airport Industrial Park brought to light concerns about the fading of the striping in the roadways.

With this posing a safety risk, Eleyce Coleman, MBCIA’s Existing Industry Manager, worked with the Georgia Department of Transportation to have this roadway restriped.
Hiring in Macon-Bibb County

Tractor Supply Company (TSC) seeks to fill Team Member positions at their Macon-Bibb location.

This position is responsible for interacting with customers and team members, supporting selling initiatives and performing assigned tasks, while providing legendary customer service.

Click TSC JOBS for more information. 
Nestled in the heart of central Georgia, Geico’s regional office in Macon-Bibb County employs nearly 6,000 associates. Their claims, service, and sales professionals serve customers in the Midwest and Southeast, while their Centralized Service units assist policyholders across the U.S.
Geico is currently looking for Claims Service Representatives for their Macon location. They are seeking outstanding associates who want to kick-start a fulfilling career with one of the fastest-growing auto insurers in the U.S. 
Click the link to explore opportunities at one of Macon-Bibb County’s largest employers.
Irving Tissue produces both branded and private label bathroom tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, and napkins.
Irving Tissue is seeking to fill a variety of roles such as Steamfitter/Pipefitters, Millwrights, Mechanics, 
Electrical and Instrumentation Technicians.
Click the link for more information on available opportunities at their Macon location.

The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority provides a leading-edge geographic information system (GIS WebTech Recruit) property search tool for local realtors. Recruit is an online search option for Macon-Bibb County commercial and industrial real estate listings. It is designed to help business owners, brokers, site selectors and communities locate available sites and buildings in the Macon-Bibb County area.

If you have commercial and industrial real estate listings that you are interested in marketing, please contact MBCIA Executive Director Stephen Adams for more details.
Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) considers the upgrade to the I-16/I-75 interchange to be a top safety and mobility megaproject for the state of Georgia.

Its massive scope includes widening and reconstructing the two interstates in Bibb County, as well as the interchange in the City of Macon.

GDOT opened new lanes to I-75 southbound at the
 I-75/I-16 junction. Near the end of the summer, lanes will open to I-75 northbound as well.

The MBCIA had the honor of attending a special ceremony where Brigadier General John C. Kubinec, relinquished command of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex to Brigadier General Jennifer Hammerstedt.

The MBCIA board and staff would like to say thank you to Brigadier General John C. Kubinec, for his distinguished service to the community and the country.

Welcome to Middle Georgia, Brigadier General Jennifer Hammerstedt!
The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority (MBCIA) is the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industries and improving the quality of life in the Macon-Bibb County area. With the aid of partners at the regional, state, and local levels, we’re able to create a competitive business environment that facilitates an industry’s ability to generate success. Whether an Industry needs help with Infrastructure assistance or local vendor programs we are able to assist new industries of all sizes through our partnerships.