College Hill Alliance
The idea behind College Hill initiative began in 2007 with Mercer University students in Senior Capstone Class who proposed a plan to revitalize the area by connecting Mercer's campus to Downtown Macon. The City of Macon and Mercer then took up the cause and formed the College Hill Corridor Commission. This group, thanks to a $250,000 planning grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, shepherded the creation of the College Hill Corridor Master Plan - a guide for revitalizing the area, fueled by community input. In 2009, the Knight Foundation awarded $3 million to the Community Foundation, forming the Knight Neighborhood Challenge, to fund innovative local ideas and $2 million to Mercer University to create the College Hill Alliance, which operates to fulfill the goals of the College Hill Corridor Master Plan. In 2012, Knight Foundation awarded a $2.3 million grant to extend the work of the College Hill Alliance and introduce an "Innovation Corridor" to boost entrepreneurship and attract homegrown businesses to the city’s downtown. Today, these organizations and their partnerships with local students, residents and businesses are making College Hill a wonderful place to live, work and play!