Update from Thursday’s Pre-Legislative Breakfast from the Rome Floyd Chamber: The meeting was held at Sweet P’s at the Palladium (fairgrounds) Thursday morning with the local legislative delegation. The chamber presented its annual agenda to the lawmakers in advance of the start of the General Assembly on Jan. 14. Below is a copy of that agenda:
2019 STATE AGENDA
To promote prosperity in Rome and Floyd County, we encourage our legislators to consult with local government in regard to any decisions affecting the city and/or county. With an unemployment rate in Rome, Floyd County of 3.8%, the number one priority of the Chamber is maintaining a consistent, diversified workforce with infrastructure. With jobs being a top tier concern, the Chamber is honored to present the following Legislative priorities:
2019 State Agenda
2019 PRIORITIES OUTLINE
a. Rome-Cartersville Economic Development Corridor (US 411 to I-75)
b. Complete widening of GA 140 from GA 53 to I-75 to Highway 27
c. Completion of the Rome Bypass
d. Expedite widening of State Route 101 to Polk County Line
e. Turner McCall bridge
II. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
a. Continued funding for Georgia’s Quickstart
b. Continued funding toward business recruitment and retention incentives
c. Create initiatives that allow us to remain the number one state in which to do business
a. Continued funding to both technical and academic colleges
b. Restore full formula funding for Pre-K-12
a. Give local governments ability to collect portion of various local option sales tax.
V. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
a. Transfer of Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property to the community
b. Continued funding of CDBG
a. Return water to point of origin
b. Restore district water councils
c. Keep Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund Program (CWSRF) administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA)
d. Request that local communities not be dictated to a universal standard of conservation devices.
ONGOING AND FUTURE CONCERNS:
2019 State Agenda
Special needs transportation projects must be listed and funds approved in order to control congestion and enhance the safety and flow of our main traffic corridors. We
ask special consideration and support for the following:
Continued funding for the Richard B. Russell (Towers Field) Regional Airport.
Inclusion of improvement plans for GA Hwy 101 from East 12th Street to U.S. 278 in the State Transportation Improvement Plan.
Continued state funding for local maintenance and improvement grant (LMIG) is at the increased level.
State financial assistance to local governments to supplement the high cost of utility relocation in roadway construction.
Continue to take aggressive approach to promoting economic development in Georgia.
Continue to support additional funding to secure expansions and new business with incentives.
Support increased funding for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Continued support of environmental rules and regulations that do not encumber the growth of new and expanding industries through incentives.
Continued support of economic development for tourism.
Rome and Floyd County enjoys strong and varied educational opportunities. Special consideration, support and funding of these special issues and programs are needed:
We support continued special support for Georgia School for the Deaf.
2019 State Agenda
We support full funding for Higher Education.
We support full funding for the Georgia Statewide AHEC Network in the training of physicians and other health professionals in our state. All efforts should ensure that we have highly qualified health professionals for our area and medically underserved areas for healthier communities.
We support the continuation of the Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant.