Rome, Ga. -- A delegation of Rome and Floyd County Business Leaders representing small business, technology, healthcare, aviation, primary and secondary education, and manufacturing concluded a three-day visit to Washington, D.C. this afternoon, as part of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce’s annual Issues and Opportunities Conference.
During the trip, the group met with U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, U.S. Senator David Perdue, U.S. Representative Tom Graves, and other Congressional leaders to discuss priorities for Rome and Floyd County.
"These trips are very beneficial as they allow each sector of our community to communicate our priorities to the nation’s key decision makers,” said Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Chairman Curtis Gardner, Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q. “By traveling to Washington, D.C., we are able to present on these issues and opportunities and have the voice of Rome and Floyd County heard.”
This year, education and its importance in continuing to foster skilled workforce was a major focus of discussion during the visit to Capitol Hill.
"We had a wonderful opportunity to share the advancements, innovation and continual improvements our community has made and continues to make in education, and it was extremely well received by our national lawmakers,” Floyd County School Board Chairman Chip Hood, of ForEvergreen Landscape and Maintenance.
Transportation needs — such as the proposed Rome-Cartersville Development Corridor which will connect U.S. 411 with Interstate 75 — and funding needs for improvements to Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Towers Field were also hot-topic issues for the Chamber delegates.
The unified economic and community development effort in Rome and Floyd County was noted by the Congressional delegation during the trip.
"Rome, Floyd County and the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce’s culture of cooperation is a strong advantage when discussing priorities,” said U.S. Senator Isakson.
City of Rome Mayor Jamie Doss thanked U.S. Senator Isakson for his acknowledgment of Rome and Floyd County’s joint efforts through the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce to build and promote the community.
"We appreciate all of our elected officials' recognition of the hard work of our local team," added Mayor Jamie Doss.