Something For Everyone
In Macon, you’ll find diversity not just in our people, but also our communities, our businesses, and our industries. Macon is proud to be home to all people. The Macon Action Plan 2.0 is proud to give a voice to all members of our community, and supports those in the BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other minority groups who chose Macon to start their careers and live their lives. From startups to diversity initiatives, a more-inclusive Macon is continuing to welcome new perspectives and experiences– learning, growing, and diversifying our community and entrepreneurial landscape.
- Higher Education
- Diversifying Business Initiatives
Opportunities for All
Macon is home to diverse and progressive higher institutions of learning. Middle Georgia State University ranks above the national average in metrics such as age, location, and gender. At MGSU, students from over 32 different countries call the Macon area home. The state of Georgia is a proud home to seven HBCUs, and the Middle GA region houses one: Fort Valley State University, which is ranked as the #9 top performer on social mobility. Our very own Wesleyan College was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. Mercer University has a program called Mercer Firsts, which gives first-generation college students a community of support and an experienced mentor during their freshman year. Mercer also offers the Opportunity Scholars program, aiding first-generation and low-income students with tutoring, mentoring and financial guidance.
Resources to help diversify our business landscape
Macon strives to assist members of our minority communities that dream of starting their own successful business. Measures such as our Downtown Diversity initiative, which aims to create a more equitable and inclusive downtown by encouraging and supporting Black-owned and Black-operated businesses. In addition, dedicated organizations such as the Macon – Middle Georgia Black Pages and state resources such as the state-offered MBE certification are helping to promote the voices and ideas of everyone in our community.