Patrick Madison Announces Resignation As College Hill Alliance Executive Director

Patrick Madison Announces Resignation As College Hill Alliance Executive Director


MACON, GA (11/05/2012) – Patrick Madison, Ph.D., executive director of the College Hill Alliance since 2009, has announced his Macon Georgia - College Hill Alliance resignation, effective Nov. 16, to return to private business.

Initially established with a $2 million grant to Mercer University from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation three years ago, the Alliance assists the community in creating positive change to the physical and social fabric of the College Hill Corridor, a two-square mile area between Mercer and Macon’s downtown business district.

“I am very grateful to Pat Madison for the many contributions he has made to the College Hill Corridor and the role he played in helping make this initiative a national model for urban revitalization,” said Mercer President William D. Underwood.  “When we recruited Pat to this position in 2009, he had a successful planning and development consulting firm.  He has decided to return to that business and we wish him the very best and look forward to working with Pat in the future as we pursue our common interest in Macon’s ongoing revitalization.”

Underwood said the University will work with the College Hill Corridor Commission and the College Hill Alliance Steering Committee to conduct a national search for a new executive director to lead the next phase of the Alliance’s work.

During Dr. Madison’s tenure as executive director, the Alliance has facilitated the implementation of a number of components of the College Hill master plan, including programs and events such as the Second Sunday concerts in Washington Park, the annual Magnolia Street Soap Box Derby, and Screen on the Green; physical improvements in, and recruitment of businesses to, the Corridor; completion of Mercer Village; and the continued revitalization of historic residential neighborhoods in the Corridor, such as Beall’s Hill.

The University on Sept. 21 announced a three-year, $2.3 million grant from Knight Foundation to continue the College Hill Alliance’s successful work in promoting a sense of place for the Corridor while taking its next step in revitalizing the area through creation of an “Innovation Corridor.”  Working with Ohio-based Jumpstart, the Alliance plans to identify local entrepreneurial talent and help develop or accelerate knowledge-based companies that are essential to advancing College Hill as a great place to live, work, play.

“The College Hill movement has confirmed my belief that great things are possible when citizens are given the opportunity to engage their unique ideas, skills, and experience in a larger community vision,” Dr. Madison said.  “I’m grateful for the past three years at the Alliance and look forward to sharing the lessons I’ve learned as I return to the private sector.”

Dr. Madison, a long-time Macon resident, is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a registered environmental professional with National Registry of Environmental Professionals.  He holds a Ph.D. in physical geography from Indiana State University with concentrations in land use planning, site selection and geographic information systems.



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