The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority recently voted to reject a tabulation that ranked Macon above the bids of three other cities that want to attract the museum.
Dunwoody, for its part, scored last among a batch of proposals that – overall – received lackluster scores from the authority’s board. It was bested in the rankings by Macon, which currently houses the museum, Woodstock and Athens, respectively.
However, the authority voted Jan. 26 in a 6-3 vote to not accept the rankings that a whole committee of the board created. Lisa Love, administrator of a request for proposal that could relocate the Macon-based music Hall of Fame, said that it’s unclear what that means.
“At this point, no further decision has been made,” she said, adding that the board would seek direction from Gov. Nathan Deal and state economic development officials. The next meeting of the authority has not been set.
The authority is expected to select a winning bidder by an April 15 deadline. The authority put out a request for proposals late last year. The current museum in Macon receives an annual state subsidy for its operations.
Macon’s proposal scored well above Athens, Dunwoody or Woodstock with an average score of 57.56. Woodstock received 42.75, Athens 35.83 and Dunwoody 31.69.
Two authority board members from Macon scored Macon’s proposal a 95, the highest of any of the proposals. The second highest ranking was Athens with an 80, which came from a board member who lives in Savannah.
Dunwoody, for its part, received a high score of 50 and a low score of 11.25.
– Jason Massad