Cleaning up the air will let us all breath a little easier about the future.
MGCCC is composed of a diverse and highly committed stakeholder team.
The Advance Power Technology Office- The U.S. Air Force Advance Power Technology Office (APTO)—formally known as the Alternative Fueled Vehicles Systems Program Office (AFVSPO)— was established in April 1995 to lead acquisition efforts for alternative fueled vehicles (AFVs) for the Air Force. Air Force AFV efforts are driven by the national goal to reduce dependence on imported oil and the need to comply with federal energy and environmental mandates and Executive Order 13031.
Alternative Fuel Solutions- Alternative Fuel Solutions is a Georgia-based consulting company for the propane industry led by Ed White. Mr. White is a member of the Board of Directors for Clean Cities-Atlanta and is currently working with six Clean Cities Coalitions and State Energy Offices in four states to promote alternative fuel programs. His company, Alternative Fuel Solutions, is actively involved in developing infrastructure to support propane vehicles throughout the Southeast.
Bill Butler Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep -Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler Motors, has provided an affordably priced electric vehicle that we now offer to the general public. The automotive industry represents a sector of society with a significant impact on the environment. Not only can auto manufacturing affect the environment, but the consumption of fossil fuels directly depletes finite reserves of natural resources
Blue Bird Corporation- As environmental concern
continues to grow across America, the need for affordable, reliable natural gas
transportation grows with it. And when it comes to natural gas vehicles, no
company can match the quality and selection of Blue Bird. Blue Bird commercial
vehicles are tested, ten-year transits with a full range of features and options
(including lifts that comply to ADA), you can meet your alternative fuel
requirements without sacrificing performance or durability.
The City of Macon-The City of Macon was established in 1823. It is the heart of Georgia and the historical crossroads of the south with a population of approximately 100,000 people. The administration is currently operating on a $87.8 million budget for FY2002. The City of Macon has been involved in the Clean Cities Coalition since its beginning in 1996.
Flint Energies- Flint Energies, incorporated in 1937, is the seventh largest customer-owned electric membership cooperative of Georgia’s 42 systems and the 25th largest of the United States’ 900 systems. It serves more than 200,000 Georgians through more than 66,000 meters, across 5,300 miles of distribution line in 16 central Georgia counties.
Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority-The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992 set the stage for Georgians to take the need for clean fuels and reduced dependency on petroleum seriously. Thirty-two percent of the energy used in Georgia is by the transportation sector. With no proven reserves of traditional fuels, the best opportunities lie in encouraging energy conservation and the development and commercialization of alternative resources.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources / Environmental Protection Division -The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is an agency within the Georgia State government. The mission of DNR is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia's natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.
Georgia Power -Georgia Power began an electric transportation program in 1992. The program was furthered in 1993 with the opening of the Electric Vehicle Research Center. This center was the electric utility industry's first facility dedicated exclusively to electric vehicle (EV) research. The center operated as a visual learning lab for the public, as well as a laboratory to test state of the art electric vehicle technologies. Georgia Power has continued to explore the use of new electric vehicles and electric transportation alternatives.
Keep Macon /Bibb Beautiful Commission-Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission was created in 1974 by City and County Ordinances. The goal of Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission is to bring about a cleaner and more beautiful community environment, conserve our landfill and promote efficient use of energy resources.
Kids’ Journey -Kids’ Journey is the local Family Connection initiative for Houston County. Family Connection is a statewide community planning initiative started in 1991 by Governor Zell Miller. Family Connection encourages every county in Georgia to create a collaborative to plan for the delivery of services needed by that community. The Department of Community Affairs regions coincide with the regional make up for Family Connection.
L.E. Schwartz-This is a locally-based company that L.E. Schwartz & Son, Inc. is a diversified company engaged in custom sheet metal manufacturing and installation, commercial and industrial roofing, roofing maintenance and historical roof restoration. The company has made a commitment for future purchases of eight alternative fueled vehicles. The president of the company has been recognized in the community for his civic-focus.
Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission -The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission is participating as a stakeholder and a member of the Steering Committee for the Clean Cities Program. The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission provides the technical staff for the Macon Area Transportation Study (MATS)—the area’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)—responsible for transportation planning for the City of Macon, Bibb County, and the southern part of Jones County.
Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority-The City of
Macon purchased the Transit System in 1973 from private ownership. In 1981, the
Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority was formed and is governed by a seven-member
board. Four of the members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City
Council and three members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners of Bibb
County. Macon Transit Authority currently has 55 employees.
Middle Georgia Regional Development Center -The Middle Georgia Regional Development Center (RDC) has been providing technical assistance to its member governments (11 counties and 22 cities) for more than 40 years. This assistance includes securing federal and state grants for a variety of community improvements, and in promoting economic development opportunities. A key component in the Coalition’s work program over the next 18 months will be to pursue grants and other funding for a pipeline of potential projects, and to research and implement economic development opportunities related to alternative fuel vehicles
NewTown Macon -NewTown Macon, Inc. a public-private partnership was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership-based organization in 1997 to advance the revitalization of downtown Macon. Today, the organization’s primary focus is mobilizing capital and implementing an ambitious $36 million downtown planning and capital improvement program.
Robins Air Force Base-Robins AFB is the largest industrial facility in Georgia and has the largest fleet of vehicles of any organization in the Middle Georgia area. Environmental Management at Robins AFB worked directly with the City of Macon in laying the groundwork to get the Middle Georgia Clean Cities Coalition started. Robins AFB provided the Coordinator for five years, working toward Clean Cities designation. Robins AFB is committed to continued support of MGCCC to improve transportation alternatives in the area. Robins AFB is committed to protecting the environment and has won numerous awards for their environmental work
Schwan’s Sales Enterprises-Schwan’s Sales Enterprises, a national fleet, has recently expanded operations into the Middle Georgia area. Schwan's is an avid supporter of propane-powered vehicles. Bi-Phase Technologies provides the liquid propane electronic fuel injection system to the Schwan's Home Service fleet. Schwan’s currently operates approximately 8,000 medium-duty GM propane trucks, according to Kevin Vick, Director of Sales & Marketing at Bi-Phase Technologies.
Walthall Oil Company -Walthall Oil Company has been in the petroleum business for more than fifty years and is a third generation company. Walthall carries a complete line of more than 300 products: fuels; lubricants; synthetics and environmental products. Walthall owns and operates a number of convenience stores and supplies many others.
Bibb County Board of Education-The Bibb County Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Sharon Patterson, is committed to reducing the danger of toxic diesel fumes emanating from traditional school buses and to the transition to alternative-fueled vehicles. Bibb County currently purchases up to six new buses each year. The Georgia State Energy Office will make funds available to the Bibb County Public Schools for the purchase of one CNG school bus and the incremental difference of two more.
Middle Georgia Regional Airport-The Middle Georgia Regional Airport is a small, non-hub, FAA-entitled airport owned and operated by the City of Macon. The airport draws 91% of its commercial air passengers from the neighboring cities of Macon and Warner Robins. A public-private partnership led by the City of Macon and the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce is aggressively seeking to improve air passenger service at the airport. Presently, there is no scheduled public transportation to the airport. Therefore, the City of Macon is presently seeking $420,000 in grant assistance from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund a propane-fueled shuttle service over a three-year period.
Blue Dot-Blue Dot is a plumbing business that has recently acquired a number of smaller plumbing companies in the Middle Georgia region. The company operates a number of vehicles that are suitable to applications running on alternative fuels. As a new company to the region, the coalition believes Blue Dot would be receptive to the positive image involvement in the coalition would bring to the company.
Macon Telegraph-The Macon Telegraph is the regional newspaper. The coalition believes the company is a good target because of the civic value of participation in the MGCCC as well as the potential publicity that could result for both the paper and the coalition. The Telegraph also has an environmental reporter on staff.
WMAZ- WMAZ is a local television station. In the past, the station has been helpful in promoting and covering MGCCC events and the owner of the station is civic-minded.
Other organizations have also expressed an interest in the Coalition’s activities through participation in various meetings and events held by MGCCC since its inception in 1996. These organizations include: