Macon hosted the city manager of Columbus Thursday night. Isiah Hugley spoke on how they turned their uptown to a happening place.
Over the last twenty years, they've invested millions into their riverwalk and adjacent business district.
Those millions aren't just from tax dollars or SPLOST money. It's from public-private partnerships.
Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert says their success is inspiration to keep Macon's momentum alive.
"They had a plan, they followed the plan, they got the public energized and involved," Reichert said. "They've been persistent in pursuing the goal. It's not just a one-shot deal, it's persistent planning and implementation."
The riverwalk in Columbus spans 26 miles along the Chattahoochee River.