A group of Macon community leaders is coming up with their own plan to keep the Music and Sports Halls of Fame in Middle Georgia.
The two state-funded museums are in danger of leaving Macon. State officials have asked for proposals from other cities to host them. They also want to phase out funding for the two facilities.
City and Bibb County officials along with arts and business leaders are coming up with their own proposal. Jim Coleman with the Macon Arts Alliance says they are looking at ways to save money and move forward.
“We’ve got to look at sustainable funding from all kinds of sources. We need a comprehensive marketing plan for the purpose of increasing visitation.”
Coleman says in 2008 the Music Hall of Fame saw 30-thousand visitors and the adjacent Sports Hall of Fame just 10-thousand. The state could make a decision by the end of the year.