The Rome Floyd Chamber is a non-profit organization established in 1910 working to promote prosperity in Rome and Floyd County for and through its business membership.
Rome-Floyd County 20/20 Strategic Plan: In 1998, an economic development strategic planning joint venture, initiated by the Rome City Commission, Floyd County Commission and the Rome Floyd Chamber, was created: The plan adopted 20 ambitious goals to be accomplished in the next 20 years to make the community a better place to work, invest and live. These goals included five main objectives: build a stronger economy, build a more skilled workforce, protect and improve our quality of life assets, build a quality physical infrastructure for growth and make more efficient use of government resources. Since its creation, many of the goals of the Rome-Floyd County 20/20 Strategic Plan have been accomplished and have even exceeded expectations. The plan is revisited every five years to determine what accomplishments have been made, what needs to be changed and what new goals should be added to continue the community’s growth and prosperity.
Partners in Prosperity III: Partners in Prosperity III is a community and economic development initiative of the Rome Floyd Chamber. This is the third phase of the Rome-Floyd 20/20 Strategy. During Partners in Prosperity I (2005-2009) and Partners in Prosperity II (2010-2014), the chamber worked with public and private partners to:
- Attract New and Diverse Businesses to Rome and Floyd County
- Retain and Expand Existing Businesses
- Improve the Overall Quality of Life in the Community
Partners in Prosperity III (2015-2019) will continue to:
- Implement the core strategies for economic and community development.
- Improve our competitive position in advance future economic challenges
- Introduce new initiatives to further diversify our economy
- Encourage entrepreneurship
- Strengthen Education and Workforce training
So ti looks like a new “about us” page will be needed soon. In the last paragraphs of the chamber board release from Wednesday, it talks about ongoing chamber projects such as the Small Business Action Council (primarily responsible for the annual Expo), the monthly technology “roundtable,” workforce development and transportation, and governmental affairs. Basically, the chamber primarily would become a networking hub with its other existing offerings including business after/before hours, ribbon cuttings, the annual meeting and such.
So what’s next
- The City Commission has yet to agree to any of the new economic development proposals, including the original Big Switch or the newly scripted version tentatively blessed by the chamber board.
- It appears the County Commission will have to vote anew as the hurried-up plan all five members endorsed Nov. 13 has now been changed.
- All the costs of the transition need to be worked out, and that’s assuming the $357,000 annual budget assembled by City Manager Sammy Rich still stands. It called for the hiring of an industrial relations director, a second person to work with existing industry and an administrative assistant ($235,000 in salaries alone before benefits and perks).
- What changes, if any, would be made to the Rome Floyd Economic Development Authority should it assume liability for industrial recruitment.
- The hiring of a new leader for the Rome Floyd Chamber as Al Hodge’s retirement is set for April 19. That in addition to the costs associated with the hiring of a new economic development team.
The original plan as endorsed by the executive committee of the chamber, a move which sparked Wednesday’s called board meeting to begin with: