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What Makes Macon America's Friendliest City?

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Updated: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 04:23:28 EST

Macon finished in the top five among cities vying for the title of Friendliest City in America in a contest sponsored by Rand McNally.

Macon made it to the top five based on votes cast online. The city could win a customized Macon iPhone app and be featured in the Rand McNally Road Atlas.

"Once again, our community used social media to let the country know what a great place Macon is to live, work, and play,” Macon Mayor Robert Reichert said. “First, they showed support for improving the Second Street Corridor by winning the Paint What Matters contest and have now let the country know what great people live here. This speaks volumes for the type of community we are in Macon: friendly, active, and supportive.”

The City and partners must now produce and submit a video or photo tour and an essay that is original and creative that persuades the judges why Macon is the Friendliest town in America.

Judges will also continue to monitor online social activity, both the persuasiveness and volume of content. Winners of the contest will be announced on October 7.

The city is urging Maconites to continue supporting and letting the country know about Macon by going online to use social media to show our friendliness.

The city wants Maconites to post photos and reviews showing why Macon is the friendliest town in America to the city's contest page at www.bestoftheroad.com/town/macon-ga/3168.

Or, Maconites can 'like’ Best of the Road on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bestoftheroad) and post photographs and reviews about the friendliness of Macon; and post photos on Twitter, and Instagram, and Pinterest with the tag #bestoftheroad.

 “This is an amazing opportunity for Macon to shine because we all know the great people that live here and can now show that to America,” said Monica Smith, President and CEO of the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This contest is talked about and highly regarded by CVB’s and tourist associations across the country.”

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