Rome, Ga. — A delegation of Rome and Floyd County business leaders representing small business, technology, healthcare, aviation, manufacturing, primary and secondary education attended the Rome Floyd Chamber’s annual Issues and Opportunities Conference.
During this year’s trip, community officials met with the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Education, Appalachian Regional Commission, 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.
"The Rome Floyd Chamber delegation’s annual visit with a U. S. Representative and U.S. Senators is very beneficial as the discussion allows representatives of our community to communicate our priorities to the nation’s key decision makers,” said Rome Floyd Chamber Chairman Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College. “By traveling to Washington, D.C., we are able to focus the discussion on the primary issues and opportunities facing our community and have the voice of Rome and Floyd County heard.”
This year’s legislative priorities included funding for Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, the re-use of former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital and transportation funding.
"We had a wonderful opportunity to present to our local legislators and the Federal Aviation Administration on possible future funding of Richard B. Russell Regional Airport,” said Allison Watters, Floyd County Commissioner. “This annual trip allows us to remain at the forefront of the conversation promoting the many infrastructure projects identified for Rome and Floyd County.”
“We are excited to have been able to present to Appalachian Regional Commission about the re-use of Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital,” said Jamie Doss, Mayor of the City of Rome. “This conference gives Rome and Floyd County the foundation to build a great partnership with the Federal Government.”
The 2018 Issues and Opportunities Conference was attended by 26 members of the Rome and Floyd County Community. Those in attendance included elected officials, school superintendents, small business owners, manufacturers and more.
“Our congressional delegation appreciated the preparation and hard work of our local Chamber team,” said Andy Garner, Vice Chairman of Industry Services and Public Policy Division at Rome Floyd Chamber” Our focus on ground and air transportation, including the Rome/Cartersville Economic Development Corridor and the Russell Field airport along with redevelopment of the Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital site, was well received. We are grateful for all of those who traveled with us to DC and I’m sure our hard work will pay off for Rome and Floyd County.”
About the Rome Floyd Chamber:
Established in 1910, the Rome Floyd Chamber works to promote prosperity and foster business opportunities in Rome and Floyd County, Georgia, for and through its membership. The Rome Floyd Chamber is the unified economic development marketing entity that works on behalf of the City of Rome, Floyd County Government, the Development Authority of Floyd County, and the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority. The Chamber is located at 1 Riverside Parkway in downtown Rome, Georgia.