Druck Report: Mark Cochran on winning a Rome City Commission seat — and his dazzling blueprint for shaping a very different future for the community.

Druck Report: Mark Cochran on winning a Rome City Commission seat — and his dazzling blueprint for shaping a very different future for the community.

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Rome City Commissioner-elect Mark Cochran at Brand Red Studios.
Architect Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab likes to design and help build things. You’ve seen his projects across Northwest Georgia, either new structures or restored historical gems that never looked better. 
  • As a newly elected city commissioner, Cochran likewise has some huge ideas about Rome. He wants to blend the community’s storied past and untapped resources to help shape an economic hub that attracts both young professionals and visitors anxious to explore amenities not found in metro Atlanta.
  • In a 48-minute interview with Hometown Headlines John Druckenmiller, Cochran talks about Broad Street as well as the River District and a combined potential for more than $300 million in growth. He believes a river walk similar to those in Chattanooga and Greenville, S.C., will be key to making Rome a destination again.
  • As for economic development, Cochran says while hunting for large manufacturers works for the I-75 communities, Rome instead needs to target tech and similar companies independent of highways and interstate access. Another goal, he says, is a way to bridge our abundant healthcare and higher education institutions to create another option for growth.

About this podcast: Mark Cochran  joined us recently at Brand Red Studios to talk about the commission election and what’s ahead in 2020 vote. We thank Brand Red for their production support of our long-form podcasts and Todd La Berge for another excellent job producing this conversation. The Druck Report is a production of Hometown Headlines Inc. Please join us for our weekday newscasts as well.


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