Local Campaign professes love for Macon

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Maconites have gathered to celebrate what they love about the city they live in through the new campaign titled “I Love Macon.” The people’s campaign is geared towards focusing on the positive aspects of Macon and celebrating what each person loves most.
The campaign was created by Macon Magazine’s 2011 Five Under 40 Young Leaders to boost civic pride and a positive attitude about Macon. The “I Love Macon” founding Five Under 40 Young Leaders include Heather Bowman Cutway, Wesley Griffith, Josh Rogers, Pilar Wilder and Julia Wood. The campaign’s funding partners include The Knight Fund for Macon, The Peyton Anderson Foundation and the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.
The idea of the pledge was created around the same time that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation published its “Soul of the Community” report. The report is a survey about how the residents of Macon feel about the community and town as a whole.
“The report contained mostly negative views of life in Macon, which seemed at odds with our experience here. We wondered what we could do better highlight what makes Macon a great place to live and the “I Love Macon” campaign was born,” said Dr. Bowman Cutway.
By the end of the year, the creators of the  pledge hope to have 10,000 people pledge their love for Macon. In doing so, one promises to be an advocate for the community, focus on the positive things that Macon has to offer and respond to negativity by speaking positively about the city we live in.
“Sometimes we need to be reminded why we love Macon. It is easy to get bogged down in the things that are wrong. However, if we want to make it better, we have to remember why it is worth fighting for,” said Dr. Bowman Cutway.
Local businesses and community members have been supporting the cause by displaying the “I Love Macon” symbol throughout town. The symbol is basic, consisting of a white letter “m” on a black background with a small read heart.
“We simply hope to remind people that there is a lot to love about this town. Maybe you love the beautiful architecture. Maybe you love Macon because it is where your friends and family live. Maybe you love the events like the Cherry Blossom Festival or Bragg Jam. Either way, we should take pride in what Macon has to offer,” said Dr. Bowman Cutway.
For more information about the campaign and how to sign the pledge visit ilovemacon.org or facebook.com/ilovemacom.

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