Knight Foundation Commits $2.3 Million for Innovation Phase of College Hill Project

The University announced the next step in revitalizing the College Hill Corridor on Sept. 21 with a new effort to boost entrepreneurship and attract homegrown businesses to the city’s downtown. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is providing $2.3 million for the effort that includes continuing the College Hill Alliance’s successful work in promoting a sense of place for the Corridor that connects Mercer University with the city’s downtown. Local leaders announced the initiative today in Mercer Village, a symbol of the Alliance’s efforts to reshape the city’s first neighborhoods.

With the grant, the College Hill Alliance will work to create an “Innovation Corridor” to attract talent and keep Macon’s college graduates in town with help from Jumpstart America, a nationally recognized non-profit that accelerates the success of entrepreneurs and their companies, and creates a business climate that supports them.

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