Alumnus, Executive Director of Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority to Participate in Mercer Innovation Center’s 1MC Series

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MACON – The Mercer Innovation Center (MIC) will welcome Alex Morrison, executive director of the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority (UDA), for the next 1 Million Cups lecture Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in the MIC, located in the former Religious Life Center on the Macon campus.

Morrison is a 2007 graduate of Mercer, where he earned his bachelor's degree with majors in journalism and philosophy. He was one of four students who developed the conceptual plan for the College Hill Corridor, served two years as editor-in-chief of The Cluster and received the Mercerian Award for campus leadership and community involvement. He went on to earn his master's degree in public administration from the University of Georgia.

Currently, Morrison serves as executive director of the constitutionally created development authority charged with planning and executive economic development projects in Bibb County's urban areas, chiefly downtown Macon. He and the UDA are leading the effort to develop the Macon Action Plan, the first urban core master plan for Macon. He also serves as assistant director of economic development for Macon-Bibb County, and previously was manager of the Main Street Macon program.

Additionally, Morrison is a member of the Historic Macon Board of Trustees, Macon Rotary Club, Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative, College Hill Corridor Commission and chair of the Main Street Macon Economic Restructuring Committee.

The MIC launched its 1 Million Cups (1MC) speaker series in January and modeled it after the weekly national program developed by the Kaufmann Foundation to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. The program is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

“Through events such as this, we intend to develop our already rich and brewing culture of entrepreneurism at Mercer,” said Dr. Sam Riley, director of the Center. “We strive to foster relationships, network and collaborate with entrepreneurs, the local community, other universities and beyond.”

MIC plans to continue the series on Tuesday evenings. To be added to the Center's 1MC listserv or to be considered as a speaker for the series, contact Dr. Riley at riley_sm@mercer.edu.

Upcoming speakers will be announced on the MIC's calendar of events at mic.mercer.edu.

About the Mercer Innovation Center

The Mercer Innovation Center is an effort by Mercer University, along with community partners such as the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, Birch Communications and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to advance a culture of innovation and develop a thriving community of entrepreneurs, with a focus on utilizing technology to foster economic growth, create 21st century jobs and attract and retain talent. The Center is an institutional effort – led by the Stetson School of Business and Economics – that crosses academic disciplines and geographic boundaries to draw from all of the University's colleges, schools, departments and operating units. Community memberships are available, as the Center's activities and resources are intended to be available to Mercer students and non-students alike. For more information, visit mic.mercer.edu.

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​