MACON – Mercer Innovation Center was named by NewTown Macon as one of its 2018 Partners in Progress.

Each year, NewTown Macon recognizes businesses, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional passion and commitment to the revitalization of downtown Macon.

Awards are given in 11 categories: Leadership, Community Service, Growing Jobs, Increasing Residents, Creating a Sense of Place, 360 Degrees, Special Recognition, Emerging Partner, Emerging Leader, Downtown Ambassador and Spirit of Cooperation.

Mercer Innovation Center was recognized as an Emerging Leader during this year’s Partners in Progress Awards, held Nov. 8 at the Armory Ballroom in downtown Macon.

“The Mercer Innovation Center is honored to be recognized by NewTown and looks forward to supporting the development of future entrepreneurs in Macon-Bibb,” said Stephanie Howard, deputy director of the Mercer Innovation Center. “We are excited about upcoming businesses and innovators that will choose Macon as their start-up home due to support from our partnering community organizations.”

NewTown Macon was established in 1996 with support from the Peyton Anderson Foundation as a nonprofit, public-private partnership focused on restoring and reestablishing downtown Macon as a thriving center of economic, cultural and social activity.

For more than 20 years, the organization has provided Macon with leadership, planning and support toward this goal, and the community has responded by investing more than $350 million to improve downtown. For more information, visit