• Chamber Announces ALL THINGS DIGITAL Economic Leadership Initiative

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    August 24, 2017
    ROME, GA - The Rome Floyd Chamber is pleased to announce the ALL THINGS DIGITAL Economic Leadership Initiative for Rome and Floyd County. With this initiative, we bring several entities together and broaden our scope in identifying specific business sectors under a collaborative brand.   Meeting consumer demand in an industry that travels at warp speed requires us to have people and a plan in place.   ALL THINGS DIGITAL works to pinpoint the key drivers for technology and innovation and is able to provide a skilled labor force and the infrastructure demands needed to recruit and grow more jobs. 
    ALL THINGS DIGITAL focus group results have already proved beneficial through Tech Square Table, Confluence and Geek Week programs.  This unified effort documents people’s thought processes and combines people and entities bringing them together out of their silos. With new high-tech businesses adding to the already strong economy along with healthcare related Information Systems, unique film opportunities and the strong college presence, the Chamber has positioned Rome and Floyd County to create even more high-paying jobs. This will in turn attract millennials and startups to our region. 
    “All Things Digital is an outgrowth of our Rome-Floyd 20/20 economic development blueprint,” said John Quinlivan, Chairman of the Rome Floyd Chamber and CEO of Redmond Regional Medical Center. “It highlights the many high-tech industries, IT and automation capabilities in our region and the opportunities for growth in these areas.”
    “Rome and Floyd County strives to diversify the economy,” said Rhonda Wallace, Chair of the Floyd County Commission and Vice President of Synovous Bank. “The ALL THINGS DIGITAL initiative works to promote a diverse workforce and economy in this digital age.”
    “Trends are well underway for more startups and existing businesses,” said Jamie Doss, Mayor of Rome “and our community is positioned to accelerate these positive trends.”
    Each year the Rome Floyd Chamber schedules an InterCity Leadership visit to another city to research best practices. This year the Rome Floyd Chamber will visit Chattanooga, TN in November to look at, among other priorities, the innovation district and to research technology and innovation centers in Chattanooga.   
    “High-tech jobs are important for Rome and Floyd County,” said Chris Kerr, Vice Chair of the Rome Floyd Chamber’s Economic Development Division, and Agent with Hardy Realty. “There is a growing need in industry, retail and businesses in general for software and computer development.”
    There has been an increasing demand in the digital markets for skilled labor. ALL THINGS DIGITAL helps bring together industries, educators, and policy makers to promote cooperation and partnerships with digital education and recruitment. ALL THINGS DIGITAL analyzes the current and future needs of industries in Rome and Floyd County. Technology and Digital industries were identified as a targeted Sector in the Rome/Floyd 20/20 Part III unified development plan. ALL THINGS DIGITAL further follows the Rome/Floyd 20/20 Part III plan through “the expansion of the entrepreneurial culture in Rome and Floyd County” by promoting research, innovation, and technology.   
    If you have additional questions or would like more information contact Drew Wharton, dwharton@romega.com phone 706-291-7663.

    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.