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Jobs in Northwest Georgia: ‘It’s looking like we can expect a very productive year in terms of job creation and hiring.’

Jobs in Northwest Georgia: ‘It’s looking like we can expect a very productive year in terms of job creation and hiring.’

Northwest Georgia grew its labor force and number of employed residents in February, says Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. The 12-county region also posted monthly gains in labor force in January.  The unemployment rate fell in February. “These early numbers look very solid,” Butler said. “We are seeing communities add workers and grow their labor force.… Read more

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Business: Georgia Northwestern holds job fair April 17; what to know. Greater Rome Existing Industries Association golf tournament is May 8.

Business: Georgia Northwestern holds job fair April 17; what to know. Greater Rome Existing Industries Association golf tournament is May 8.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College will hold a Job Fair for GNTC students, graduates, potential students and members of the community on Wednesday, April 17. The Job Fair will be open to GNTC students and graduates from 9 a.m. to noon and open to the public from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. It will be held at… Read more

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U.S. Senate committee questions ‘syndicated conservation easement transactions;’ wants answers from Rome businessman, others. ProPublica article calls our area a ‘hot bed’ for such legal investments.

U.S. Senate committee questions ‘syndicated conservation easement transactions;’ wants answers from Rome businessman, others. ProPublica article calls our area a ‘hot bed’ for such legal investments.

In context: In recent days, Rome’s business community has been buzzing about what the U.S. Senate plans to do regarding conservation easement transactions, described as a very legal way to profit from existing government regulations that allow “inflated appraisals of those tracts of land and grant conservation easements on that land. The resulting inflated charitable… Read more

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Business: Zippy’s the latest car wash planned in Polk County; joining Cedartown location is FastTrac in Rockmart. Northwest Georgia economic development efforts highlighted in latest Georgia Trend.  Also: Great review of Canyon Grill.

Business: Zippy’s the latest car wash planned in Polk County; joining Cedartown location is FastTrac in Rockmart. Northwest Georgia economic development efforts highlighted in latest Georgia Trend. Also: Great review of Canyon Grill.

There’s something of a rush for clean cars in Polk County this spring — and it doesn’t have much to do with all that pollen. In both Rockmart and Cedartown, independent car wash companies are close to opening. The newest player is a Zippy’s Car Wash from Triple C. Development Inc. Stalled a bit by… Read more

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Business: LCCL Strawberry Farm preparing for 17th season with five acres of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries; plus jam, salsa, fried pies and famous strawberry ice cream.

Business: LCCL Strawberry Farm preparing for 17th season with five acres of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries; plus jam, salsa, fried pies and famous strawberry ice cream.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Keep your fingers crossed for plenty of sunshine over the next two weeks and you could be pickin’ fresh local strawberries by mid-April. LCCL Strawberry Farm in Armuchee is hoping to open for their 17th year around April 15, weather permitting, for another spring of berry picking, jam, honey and their popular… Read more

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Business: Dance Trance Rome bringing a new fitness option with dance twist to Broad Street, opening in April.

Business: Dance Trance Rome bringing a new fitness option with dance twist to Broad Street, opening in April.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Adults will soon have a new option for fitness in Rome, this one with a dance twist. Dance Trance Rome, a dance fitness studio, will be opening in April at 408 Broad St., next door to Schroeder’s New Deli. Rome couple John and Toni Quinn are bringing the first Georgia location… Read more

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Business: Job description posted for new Executive Director for Rome-Floyd Co. Development Authority; application deadline is April 30. Claremont House now on market for nearly $500,000.

Business: Job description posted for new Executive Director for Rome-Floyd Co. Development Authority; application deadline is April 30. Claremont House now on market for nearly $500,000.

The Rome-Floyd County Development Authority has started the search for a Executive Director that will now head up economic development, including industrial recruitment, for Rome and Floyd County. The listing appearing on the romefloyd.com jobs page contains the following job description. As you’ll see, they are seeking someone with at least a bachelor’s degree with focus on… Read more

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Updated: Redevelopment Committee recommends TAD package for Ledbetters’ redevelopment of Kmart site. Project would cost $24 million and open by late summer 2020.

Updated: Redevelopment Committee recommends TAD package for Ledbetters’ redevelopment of Kmart site. Project would cost $24 million and open by late summer 2020.

For a larger view of the above map, please click: http://bit.ly/KmartLedbetter The Redevelopment Committee of the Rome City Commission met at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to hear more about what Ledbetter Properties has planned for the nearly 20 acres surrounding the former Kmart store that it hopes to buy and transform into a mixed restaurant-retail center off… Read more

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Business: The Claremont House Bed & Breakfast closes on Second Avenue after 16 years. Owners write about special memories, customers.

Business: The Claremont House Bed & Breakfast closes on Second Avenue after 16 years. Owners write about special memories, customers.

  Amid the growing number of hotels and other rental options in Rome/Floyd County, one of more special options was The Claremont House Bed & Breakfast just below the YMCA on Second Avenue. In addition to specialty accommodations, breakfast and festive meals (Valentine’s Day, for example) earned rave reviews for visitors and locals. But in… Read more

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Unemployment rates drop in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk; Chattooga sees surge to 8.5%.

Unemployment rates drop in Floyd, Bartow, Gordon, Polk; Chattooga sees surge to 8.5%.

February’s unemployment rates by county and how each did vs. January of this year as well as February 2018″ Floyd: 4.4%, trends: down from the previous month and vs. the same month in 2019. Bartow: 3.7%, trends: down from January and from February 2018. Gordon: 4.1%; trends: dropped from January and from 12 months earlier.… Read more

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Development authority hopes to have executive director hired by late June. Plus: Meeting notes.

Development authority hopes to have executive director hired by late June. Plus: Meeting notes.

  Please find the running notes below from Rome City Commission’s Business Development Committee, held Tuesday in the Sam King Room in City Hall. City Commissioner Bill Irmscher, committee chair, opens the meeting recalling the purpose of the panel to begin with — helping businesses do business in Rome. He then reads excerpts from a letter he… Read more

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Thanks to community’s ‘yes’ vote, Cave Spring Distilling Co. hopes to open later this year or in early 2020. A closer look at the business plan — and why the city is becoming a dining destination.

Thanks to community’s ‘yes’ vote, Cave Spring Distilling Co. hopes to open later this year or in early 2020. A closer look at the business plan — and why the city is becoming a dining destination.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net With the overwhelming approval of liquor sales by Cave Spring voters last Tuesday, business partners Caney McStotts and Garrett Rothman are moving ahead quickly to bring their Cave Spring Distilling Co. to the town’s historic square later this year. “We are targeting this fall, but it may be early 2020. We have… Read more

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Business: Synovus analyst Dan Morgan walks Rome audience through ‘The Most Joyless Bull Market Ever’ but remains ‘relatively positive’ about the economy.

Business: Synovus analyst Dan Morgan walks Rome audience through ‘The Most Joyless Bull Market Ever’ but remains ‘relatively positive’ about the economy.

    Don’t ask Dan Morgan about the impact of “Trade Wars” with China. He’ll assume you’re with the media and are fixated on one of the minimal players causing investors anxiety in what he calls “The Most Joyless Bull Market Ever.” Armed with a data dump that would make CNBC blush with envy and… Read more

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Business: ‘Downtown Brown’ name gets a bit litigious so Rome City Brewing Co.  wants you to name that brew. Oh! Baby space now available on Broad Street.

Business: ‘Downtown Brown’ name gets a bit litigious so Rome City Brewing Co. wants you to name that brew. Oh! Baby space now available on Broad Street.

Trouble brewing over Rome City Brewing’s ‘Downtown Brown’ name — so pick a new handle: One of the top selling beers brewed on Broad by Rome City Brewing Co. is known as “Downtown Brown.” And for good reason. It is an excellent beer, brown in color and it is produced downtown — as in 333… Read more

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Business: Look for Chick-fil-A to build its first distribution center on 50 acres off I-75 north of Cartersville. WXIA/Business Chronicle say purchase price was $3.7 million.

Business: Look for Chick-fil-A to build its first distribution center on 50 acres off I-75 north of Cartersville. WXIA/Business Chronicle say purchase price was $3.7 million.

  The answer is: A distribution center, the first for the emerging no. 3 fast food chain in America. The question is: What does Chick-fil-A want with 50 acres in the  Cartersville Business Park just off I-75 at Cassville-White Road? We asked that question to corporate more than two weeks ago after receiving a tip that… Read more

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