Update from Wednesday morning’s closed, called meeting of the Rome Floyd Chamber board of directors: Members of the Rome Floyd Chamber’s Board of Directors gathered in closed door meeting Wednesday morning at 1 Riverside Parkway. Scheduled to convene at 8 a.m., the doors remained closed through 9:30 a.m. We stopped by at 9:10 a.m. to find a full parking lot as well as one or two rows of parking at the Synovus lot just across Riverside Parkway. We did not force the issue on whether media — also chamber members — had access. Most, if not all, of the chamber staff was excluded from the meeting as well.
The statement below was issued at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday. It appears as it was sent to us. We’ll have additional updates Thursday morning:
“The following non-binding resolution was approved by The Executive Committee of the Rome Floyd Chamber at a called meeting on October 25th, 2018.
“Note: Changed the underlined word at request of Chamber Board on December 5, 2018
Motion to support the new marketing concept presented by the County and City study group assuming common agreement of the two Commissions. The resolution was made with the understanding that the consideration and approval of the new marketing model for the community will be made by the two Commissions.
“On Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018, the Rome Floyd Chamber Board of Directors voted unanimously to ratify the resolution submitted by the Executive Committee, meaning the Chamber will move forward and stand united with city and county officials in implementing a new economic development model. This new model, if adopted by the city and county, would allow the Chamber to serve a growing membership in new and exciting ways.
“The Chamber has recommended that the Rome Floyd County Development Authority be tasked with industry recruitment under the new model to ensure representation from the Chamber members and GREIA members.
“The Chamber’s mission remains to promote prosperity and growth in Rome and Floyd County through business memberships and these efforts will only be strengthened by this transition. The Chamber will continue to grow and support economic development through the work of existing programs such as Education and Workforce Development, Governmental Affairs, Transportation, the Small Business Action Council , Technology Squaretable and more.
“This change will allow the Chamber to build upon the success of these programs, while also providing openings for new and innovative ways to bolster commerce in Rome and Floyd County through our members. We are excited for the opportunities that lie ahead.”