21 things to look for in 2021

The Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority reports companies are currently scouting the area for up to $500 million in investments and thousands of jobs

MACON, Ga. — After a difficult year for business and industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority reports companies are currently scouting the area for up to $500 million in investments and thousands of jobs.

8. Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority eyes thousands of jobs

After a tough year of lockdowns, layoffs and work shutdowns for local industry, the outlook for 2021 looks much brighter for recruiting new investment and reaping more jobs.

Currently more than two dozen companies are scouting the area for a potential $500 million worth of investment and 4,000 new jobs, Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority executive director Stephen Adams told board members in their last meeting of 2020.

Adams also outlined multiple local companies that were hiring at the end of the year: Embraer, Irving Tissue, Kumho, Pactiv, GEICO, Mr. Chips, Amazon and Tractor supply.

The new year will find one business literally rising up from the ashes as Middle Georgia Freightliner is rebuilding after fire destroyed part of the 51-year-old business on Hawkinsville Road.

The locally-owned and family-run company purchased more than 21 acres from the authority in the Interstate 75 business park not far from Sardis Church Road. A groundbreaking ceremony was canceled due to the coronavirus but the new showroom, parts and repair operations are set to open Feb. 2 – exactly three years from the devastating fire.

Macon also gets a second chance to host the 2021 Georgia Logistics Summit on March 23 at the Marriott City Center after this year’s event was postponed. The conference is billed as one of the most important logistics and supply chain events in the Southeast.

9.  Navicent Health identity morphs toward Atrium

A big change is literally on the horizon for Navicent Health as the iconic red Medical Center sign will be turning teal in the Macon skyline.

The new year not only brings a new CEO to Macon’s largest hospital, but will debut a new look and rebranding for the organization to reflect its strategic partnership with Atrium Health.

“It’s really bringing together the great things we had here in Macon and connecting them to all the opportunities we have throughout the enterprise,” said Cynthia Busbee, vice president for public affairs and consumer advocacy.

Look for the Atrium “tree of life” to sprout up as “we become more and more through the brand affiliated with Atrium and increase the public knowledge of that,” Busbee said.

The former Navicent-only branding has “switched over to talking more about the strategic combination and all the value propositions for our region as we access more and more healthcare opportunities.”

The healthcare conglomerate will begin the marketing campaign in January, change signs and markings on ambulances and other…

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