The city has several institutions of higher education, as well as numerous museums and tourism sites.The area is served by the Middle Georgia Regional Airport and the Herbert Smart Downtown Airport.During the American Civil War, Macon served as the official arsenal of the Confederacy.
The mayor of Macon is Robert Reichert, a former Democratic member of the Georgia House of Representatives.
Reichert was elected mayor of the newly consolidated city of Macon–Bibb, and he took office on January 1, 2014.
The two governments officially merged on January 1, 2014.
Macon is served by three interstate highways: I-16 (connecting the city to Savannah and coastal Georgia), I-75 (connecting the city with Atlanta to the north and Valdosta to the south), and I-475 (a city bypass highway).
A replica of the southeast blockhouse was built in 1938 and stands today on a hill in east Macon.