The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, has named Macon-Bibb County a recipient of its 2018 Excalibur Awards in the Non-profits/Government/Education Category. The Award was announced and presented at a ceremony on October 19 at the Georgia Aquarium. The annual Excalibur Awards celebrate Georgia companies and organizations that have taken advantage of technology to conquer the competition.

Macon-Bibb County was selected from among a variety of applications submitted by companies and organizations from across the state. The project, MaconInsights, is the result of Macon-Bibb County’s adaptation of the concepts of open data, transparent government, and the growing interest and pervasive impact of the national Smart City movement.

“This is great recognition for the IT Department, the consolidated government, and our community because it tells people we have a focus on making data-driven decisions that improve services and promote efficiency,” says Brett Lavender, Macon-Bibb County Chief Information Officer. “I want to commend our GIS division for creating MaconInsights and leading the larger multi-department, multi-organization effort to capture and report data in a better way to internal and external groups.”

“It was an honor to receive the Excalibur Award on behalf of Macon-Bibb County, both our government and our community,” says Joe Nabhan. “We’re working – through MaconInsights and other initiatives – to provide innovative solutions for county leadership, departments, businesses, citizens, and regional partners so that we’re all prepared to face the information challenges of the future.”

About the Technology Association of Georgia

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, influence, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to fuel the innovation economy.

TAG provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts more than 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 27 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.

For more information visit the TAG website or TAG’s community website at To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit