The head of the College Hill Alliance is stepping down from the post he's held since 2009.
Executive director Patrick Madison, according to a news release, plans to return to private business on Nov. 16.
Three years ago, the John S. and James L Knight Foundation made a $2 million grant to Mercer University to start the alliance, which has helped revitalize the area around the college.
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In September, the group announced a $2.3 million Knight Foundation grant for the College Hill Alliance to create what they call an "innovation corridor" to attract talent and keep Macon's college graduates in town.
Madison, who holds a doctorate from Indiana State University, is a certified planner and registered environmental professional.
During his term, College Hill started several community events, aided the development of Mercer Village and added the revitalization of Beall's Hill to the group's work.
Mercer president Bill Underwood says the search for Madison's replacement will look for candidates from all over the country.
College Hill spokeswoman Jessica Walden says the steering committee hasn't named an interim director yet.