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November 13, 2013

Keep Milledgeville-Baldwin Beautiful back to clean up town

MILLEDGEVILLE — After a long hiatus, the Keep Milledgeville-Baldwin Beautiful (KMBB) project is alive once again.

KMBB had its first Community Cleanup Day Saturday, sprucing up the stretch of road between the Baldwin County Airport and U.S. Highway 441. 

With the support of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Young Professionals, KMBB restarted as an affiliate of the nationwide program Keep America Beautiful. The reinvigorated mission is to keep Milledgeville and Baldwin County beautiful through various programs, events and community activities. 

Executive Director for the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority Matt Poyner said in the past the authority ran the KMBB affiliate, but couldn’t keep it going.

“The Chamber Young Professionals network has picked it back up,” Poyner said. “I’m excited to be able to work with those guys. They have great leadership to move this initiative forward.”

Andrew Davis, the new director of KMBB, said the Young Professionals took on the idea as its philanthropy group. The recent Thriller 5k and Fun Run at the Oconee River Greenway proceeds of $2,500 helped kick start the chapter.

“Some members of the Young Professionals contacted me to see if I was interested in taking the position of the executive director,” Davis said. “I look at it as an opportunity to have a good organizational job right out of college.” 

The Young Professionals and the Georgia College Environmental Science Club hosted the weekend airport area event.

“As we go through with these cleanups, we are going to have a sponsoring organization from the community,” Davis said.

The Development Authority and the Baldwin County Airport Advisory Committee have been planning ways to improve the “first impression” of Milledgeville that visitors experience when arriving. 

Key industrial prospects and those visiting current industry, do not travel by car. Instead, they arrive on the 5,000 feet of runway at the airport, according to Airport Advisory Committee Chair Jim Wolfgang. 

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