Knight Neighborhood Challenge

When the Knight Foundation awarded $5 million to the revitalization of the College Hill Corridor in 2009, $3 million was set aside for the Knight Neighborhood Challenge. Administered by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, the Knight Neighborhood Challenge was a five-year program that underwrote the best ideas to transform the city of Macon's first neighborhoods into the vision of the College Hill Corridor Master Plan.

A broad-based, competitive grant program, the Challenge funded projects – small and large – that gave College Hill a sense of place, spruced up its parks and public spaces and enhanced the arts and entertainment scene. The effort also aimed to get people involved in College Hill through an array of civic and cultural projects.

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College Hill Macon

The College Hill Corridor is a two-square mile area between Mercer University and Macon, Georgia's downtown business district comprised of several historic city neighborhoods. The cherished area of town is more than a location – it's a movement. What began as a Senior Capstone project for a group of graduating Mercer students developed into a comprehensive College Hill Corridor Master Plan and is now an award winning national model for creative placemaking and economic development having leveraged over $200 million in public and private investment.

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