“This tournament serves as one of the many ways we recognize the manufacturers in our community and thank them for their corporate citizenship, job creation and contributions to the prosperity of Rome and Floyd County,” said Chamber Chairman Jimmy Byars, Hardy Realty.
More than two dozen players who work in the manufacturing industry were joined by local officials and sponsors in the golf scramble. Participants enjoyed lunch, prizes and reception.
There are more than 100 manufacturing companies in Rome and Floyd County.
“All of our manufacturing companies provide primary jobs that include healthcare and retirement benefits, which has ultimately resulted in Floyd County having the highest per capita income in the Northwest Georgia area,” said Floyd County Commission Chairman Larry Maxey. “That is definitely something to be thankful for.”
In addition, the substantial manufacturing presence in our community spreads the local tax base and allows residential owners to pay lower property and school taxes. For example, three recently polled manufacturing companies pay in excess of $2.9 MILLION in property taxes each year. Based upon the average property taxes due per household for our community, this would equate to more than 3,600 homes to match this property tax revenue for our county. Equally important is that the same three companies employ over 700 people and purchase goods and services from over 600 small businesses and vendors. That equates to over $50 MILLION spent annually in our community!
Our local manufacturers also recognize the need for creating our future workforce. That’s why the Chamber has undertaken several initiatives this past year to increase the enrollment at Floyd County School’s College and Career Academy, as well as Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Continuing efforts to increase awareness about technical jobs at the middle school level will ensure that we fill the pipeline for years to come. These efforts have proven to be successful with increased enrollment at both the College and Career Academy and Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
“Without these companies in our community, economic growth and expansion would not be possible,” said City of Rome Mayor Jamie Doss. “Our future relies heavily on the presence of manufacturing.”