Business: Rome’s Downtown Development office seeks ideas, feedback as incubator ramps up. Plus business updates.

Business: Rome’s Downtown Development office seeks ideas, feedback as incubator ramps up. Plus business updates.


Media release: The City of Rome Office of Downtown Development is seeking input from Rome and Floyd County small business owners and entrepreneurs who own businesses or would like to start a business.

The city is currently planning a new business incubator that will be located at 110 Broad St. in Downtown Rome. The program is still in the planning phase; survey feedback will help with planning efforts. Downtown Development Director, Aundi Lesley, and Community Development Director, Bekki Fox will head up the program.

“The feedback from this survey will help us determine the needs of the business community and allow us to better serve the public through the new program,” said Lesley. “We look forward to partnering with other community organizations to make this a collective success and a positive impact on our local small business economy.”

Said Fox: “This will be another valuable service the City of Rome offers to innovators, entrepreneurs and small businesses as we continue to look forward into the future. Small businesses are the backbone of our country and employ more people than large industries. We are ready to do our part in assisting those with plans and ideas to help turn them into reality!”

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Downtown Development at 706-236-4520. If you are seeking immediate business guidance, please reach out to the Rome Floyd Chamber of Commerce at 706-291-7663 or the UGA Small Business Development Center of Rome at 706-622-2006.

For more information and a direct link to the online survey, please visit:

For a hard copy of the survey, please visit the Office of Downtown Development located at 607 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161.

Chris Hendrix

River City Bank announces the addition of

  • Chris Hendrix as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager in Rome. In addition to managing the daily operations of the Rome Retail Team, Chris will be responsible for providing financial solutions for clients, to include consumer and small business lending. He attended Georgia Highlands College and Kennesaw State University, where he earned a degree in Business Management. He has over 14 years of banking experience including retail operations, branch management, and consumer and small business lending.
  • Eric B. Collins as Vice President and Branch Manager of the bank’s Blairsville location, currently operating as a Mortgage and Loan Office at 215 Blue Ridge Street, Suite A. The full service office opens this spring at 206 Highway 515. Collins graduated from Shorter University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He holds an Associate of Science degree from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) and is also a graduate of the Georgia Banking School sponsored by the Georgia Bankers Association. Eric has been serving the financial needs of the Blairsville community for more than 20 years.

The Rome Floyd County Development Authority will meet Tuesday, Jan.18 at 10 a.m. in the boardroom at 800 Broad Street, Suite 102, Rome.

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