For 24 years, NewTown Macon has been leading the revitalization of downtown Macon. Since 2015, we've leveraged $180M+ in public-private investment, with $84M+ of that investment occurring in 2018 alone. By focusing on increasing residents, creating a sense of place, and growing jobs, NewTown Macon has been instrumental in adding 623 loft units downtown, annually hosting 37 free events that attract 300,000 visitors, and loaning over $13M to small businesses and real estate developers. We collaborate closely with partners like the Urban Development Authority, Historic Macon Foundation, and Macon-Bibb County to fulfill our mission to attract, leverage, and invest in the self-sustaining transformation of downtown Macon. NewTown's success can be attributed to collaborative leadership. Our Main Street program works closely with community partners to offer award-winning initiatives like the Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza and our small business loan program. These programs strengthen our downtown area and build wealth across Bibb County as we actively position downtown Macon as the gathering place for our entire community. If we won this award, we would use the funds to help install a multi-generational play space in Third Street Park in the center of our downtown area. One of our partners, the Urban Development Authority, has developed a site plan for this play space but does not have funds to complete installation at this time. In our downtown comprehensive plan, community members have consistently cited the need for more family-friendly programming in our urban core and this play space would help meet that need. By doing one of the things we do best, partnering, we would work with the Urban Development Authority to activate one of our beloved public spaces with an amenity our community has collectively requested.