The Macon-Bibb County Land Bank Authority was established in 1996 as the second land bank in the State of Georgia through an intergovernmental agreement between the City of Macon and Bibb County. The Macon-Bibb County Land Bank Authority is a governmental authority under the laws of the State of Georgia for the public purpose of returning non-tax generating properties to a productive use. The Land Bank Authority works in a collaborative effort with Macon-Bibb County in the implementation of community and economic development; specifically providing land to be used in the production of housing and creation of jobs for low to moderate income citizens through residential, commercial and industrial development. The Land Bank Authority is a strategic tool that supports growth and investment in neighborhoods throughout the city.
The mission of the Macon-Bibb County Land Bank Authority, Inc. is to create vibrant communities through the elimination of blighted properties, creation of affordable housing opportunities and enhancing economic activities in a manner consistent with local government plans and priorities.
- Acquire Underutilized Properties 90% 90%
- Neighborhood Redevelopment & Revitalization 70% 70%
- Title Clearance 77% 77%
- Quality of Life Enhancement 65% 65%
- Facilitate the development of Affordable Housing 55% 55%
Everett Verner served the Land Bank Authority as Property Acquisition Coordinator from 2007 until 2019 when he was promoted to Executive Director. Everett assists in the planning of acquisition and disposition of properties in accordance with the Land Bank Authority mission to return properties to a productive use status. He manages the strategic acquisition of properties through negotiating direct purchases, facilitating property donations, and initiating in rem tax foreclosures. Everett evaluates property requests and subsequent redevelopment plans for disposition of properties to responsible developers.
Prior to working at the Land Bank, Everett Verner served as the Community and Resource Development Coordinator through the AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Program for Macon Area Habitat for Humanity where he was responsible for preparing grants, researching and negotiating land acquisitions, and organizing neighborhood volunteers.