Category Archives: Business

Updated: Mike Mathews leaving Russell Airport for similar spot in Athens-Clarke County. About Russell: ‘The airport holds a warm place in my heart.’

Updated: Mike Mathews leaving Russell Airport for similar spot in Athens-Clarke County. About Russell: ‘The airport holds a warm place in my heart.’

    In context: Here’s a stunner for not only the local aviation community but for Rome/Floyd’s business community as well. Mike Mathews, who has led operations at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Towers Field for 21 years, is leaving to take over as director of Athens-Ben Epps Airport in Clarke County, effective July 9. Mathews… Read more

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Business: Four third place honors for Rome News; three first-place wins for Daily Tribune News in Cartersville.

Business: Four third place honors for Rome News; three first-place wins for Daily Tribune News in Cartersville.

Annual Georgia Press Association awards presented: The Georgia Press Association honored the winners of the 2018 Better Newspaper Contestat the Jekyll Island Club during the group’s 132nd annual convention. Complete list here. Local winners Rome News-Tribune (division B, daily circulation of 8,000 to 17,999): Third place, humor column, Severo Avila Third place, investigative reporting, Spencer Lahr Third… Read more

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Business: The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926 moving training complex to 90 acres in Cedartown North Business Park.

Business: The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926 moving training complex to 90 acres in Cedartown North Business Park.

Media release: The Board of Trustees of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund and the membership of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926 announce they will be relocating and expanding their training facility to 90 acres in the Cedartown North Business Park.  The investment will include land for heavy equipment training purposes that will… Read more

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Business Monday: Cartersville project also sees new commercial real estate player in Northwest Georgia. Gas prices down 3 cents a gallon across Georgia.

Business Monday: Cartersville project also sees new commercial real estate player in Northwest Georgia. Gas prices down 3 cents a gallon across Georgia.

  Streetside Retail, a new Atlanta commercial real estate investment and development company, is wasting no time in redeveloping the Los Reyes restaurant site at 122 N. Morningside Drive. One client already booked for the site is Peachtree Immediate Care. In an earlier interview, Bill Miller, chief executive officer of CRH Healthcare, confirmed the company is “taking about… Read more

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Business: Ready, Aim, Fire! seminar helps businesses target social media. Faltec American hiring; how to apply.

Business: Ready, Aim, Fire! seminar helps businesses target social media. Faltec American hiring; how to apply.

Ready, Aim, Fire! That’s the name of the class the Small Business Development Center (part of UGA) is bringing to the Rome Floyd Chamber on Aug. 28 as part of a lunch-and-learn program, sponsored by Coosa Valley Credit Union. The target marketing workshop incorporates social media channels, creating effective posts, finding marketing research and perhaps most critical, identifying… Read more

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Business: Concrete in place as construction continues on the Lofts at Third and Broad. Also: Middle Eastern Grill now due June 18.

Business: Concrete in place as construction continues on the Lofts at Third and Broad. Also: Middle Eastern Grill now due June 18.

Construction continues on Ira Levy’s Lofts at Third and Broad in downtown Rome with a milestone of sorts marked on Wednesday. Around 4:30 that morning, crews put down concrete for the included parking area that will support the 26 condos planned at the project, more than half of which now have commitments, Levy says. Also,… Read more

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Business: Toys R Us closing June 27. Thatcher’s barbecue in Summerville delayed a few days by rain. Now open: Women of Zion Fashion on Broad Street, Bento Bx restaurant in Armuchee.

Business: Toys R Us closing June 27. Thatcher’s barbecue in Summerville delayed a few days by rain. Now open: Women of Zion Fashion on Broad Street, Bento Bx restaurant in Armuchee.

  Rome’s Toys R Us closing June 27: Since mid March, it hasn’t been a question of if but when. That date is now known as he Rome location of Toys R Us will close at 2780 Martha Berry Highway on Wednesday, June 27. In addition to layoffs, the closing also puts 2.7 acres and… Read more

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Business: RaceTrac opens in Armuchee, another $7 million investment into one of the area’s hottest areas.

Business: RaceTrac opens in Armuchee, another $7 million investment into one of the area’s hottest areas.

Clean. Open. Friendly. Those are the first reactions as you drive up, early park and walk into the RaceTrac mega convenience store on Martha Berry at the Armuchee Connector. The metro-based retailer’s first dip into Floyd County — said to represent a $7 million investment from property to construction — is a beauty, with a… Read more

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Business: Contract pending on 411 Broad St. AR Workshop staying put. Healing Hands Life Center temporarily moves for renovations.

Business: Contract pending on 411 Broad St. AR Workshop staying put. Healing Hands Life Center temporarily moves for renovations.

Another Broad Street building will soon be off the market. A contract is pending for 411 Broad St., the home of AR Workshop. The 5,775 square-foot building is listed with Kimberly Prusakowski with Hardy Realty for $415,000. From AR Workshop: “A Contract is pending on the entire building that we lease space from, but we… Read more

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Business: Wayne Robinson submits plans for mixed-use development on West Third near Courtyard.

Business: Wayne Robinson submits plans for mixed-use development on West Third near Courtyard.

Racing a Friday afternoon proposal deadline, Rome developer Wayne Robinson has submitted a rough proposal for a mixed-use development on city property adjoining the Courtyard by Marriott project on West Third Street. Robinson, working with Mark Cochran of Cevian Design Lab, says the unnamed project includes a mix of condominiums, apartments and retail. The site… Read more

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Business: RaceTrac opening set for June 5 as business boom continues near the mall.

Business: RaceTrac opening set for June 5 as business boom continues near the mall.

  Floyd County’s first RaceTrac super convenience store opens on Tuesday, June 5, at the intersection of Martha Berry and the Armuchee Connector. As final preparations continue, hiring is continuing; apply at racetrac.com/careers.  As many as 25 jobs are being created by the opening. The 5,500-square-foot store will be open 24 hours a day and is… Read more

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Business: Sykes closing Rome office by July 31 but employees will be offered a chance to work at home.

Business: Sykes closing Rome office by July 31 but employees will be offered a chance to work at home.

  In August 2016, Sykes Enterprises announced the opening of a customer contact center at the former Dell offices off Technology Parkway in the Berry Corporate Center, with 100 employees to start and a goal of growing perhaps to 300 to 500 people. On Friday, the company’s Dana Wiederman confirmed the office is closing by July 31.… Read more

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