NewTown Macon CEO Announces Resignation


MACON, GA (11/15/2013) - Mike Ford, long-time CEO of NewTown Macon, announced his resignation Wednesday night to NewTown’s Board of Directors.  His departure comes at a time when the downtown redevelopment organization has never been stronger and revitalization initiatives are moving at an accelerated pace.

“I am very fortunate to have spent the past eleven years working alongside the board and staff of NewTown Macon.  They are truly the heart and soul of this organization and I know I am leaving NewTown in capable hands,” said Mike Ford, CEO of NewTown Macon. “We are already one year into our third revitalization campaign and seeing unprecedented investment in downtown Macon.”

Mike Ford started at NewTown Macon in 2002 as a volunteer with the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.  Soon after he was named CEO of NewTown Macon.  During his tenure at NewTown, Ford oversaw the completion of a $21 million campaign and the launch of an $18 million campaign to fund NewTown’s third revitalization phase. Some of his notable accomplishments while at NewTown’s helm include building 11 miles of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail and securing the management of a $5 million bond fund from the Development Authority of Bibb County to serve as gap financing in residential projects.

Mercer University President Bill Underwood, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NewTown Macon, said “Mike has been an extraordinary leader for New Town and for Macon.  We are experiencing a remarkable renaissance in Macon and Mike has been a major player in making this happen.  We intend to move quickly to secure an outstanding successor to Mike to ensure that none of the positive momentum built under his leadership is lost.”

The officers of the Board of Directors will be handling the succession plan.  Ford’s last day will be March 31, 2014, or before if a replacement has been identified.  Ford’s resignation from day-to-day operations will allow for his continued involvement as a volunteer in the community.

NewTown Macon is a non profit organization working to revitalize downtown Macon by increasing residents, growing jobs, and creating a sense of place.  Since 1996, NewTown has leveraged more than $400 million of investment in downtown Macon. For more information on NewTown, or to view their strategic plan, visit