Business News

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With the retirement of longtime leader Steve Kemp on the horizon, veteran Rome banker David Johnson has been promoted to CEO of the Northwest Region of the United Community Bank. Scott Tucker has been named president of the regional group which includes seven banks in Floyd, Bartow and Chatt…

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Per capita personal income grew in all 15 counties across the Northwest Georgia region from 2015 to 2016. Pickens County leads the way with residents earning $41,987 on average, while Murray County brings up the rear with a per capita personal income figure of $27,904. The data was released …

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Balta Home USA became Floyd County’s 19th international company Thursday. Balta CEO Tom Debusschere made the trip from Belgium to Rome to cut the ribbon, formally opening the firm’s new distribution center in the former Florida Tile complex off Ga. 53 in Shannon.

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Proprietary technology first developed by Rome-based Hydro Dynamic Inc., now marketed through HDI’s wholly-owned subsidiary XtractMor, is now being used in the production of wine at a brewery in Pennsylvania. The Shock Wave Xtractor system has been marketed to breweries and executives have t…

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Properties along the 300 block of Broad Street are getting major facelifts with the assistance of grants from the Downtown Development Authority. The agency approved a $3,000 grant for work at 317-319 Broad St. and a $5,000 grant for major work at 333 Broad St.

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The Forum River Center will host the Rome Floyd Chamber Business Expo on Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors at the Expo will get a chance to network with each other along with the entire chamber membership during a special Business After Hours on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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City of Rome officials got their first look at a proposed Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement with the new Lavender Mountain Senior Living Center at Berry College Wednesday. “There is a state statute that makes these types of projects, a senior living facility, tax exempt,” said City manager …

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Georgia Quick Start, a division of the Technical College System of Georgia, has once again been voted the number one workforce training program in the U.S. for the eighth consecutive year, according to a survey conducted by “Area Development” magazine, a trade publication for professional si…

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Adairsville finds itself in a sweet spot off I-75 halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga. The city is experiencing a mini-boom in commercial and residential construction activity in addition the widening of Ga. 140 from northern Floyd County to Interstate 75. “It is our time, we’re ready fo…

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Big Time Products, a global consumer goods manufacturer specializing in work gear based in Rome has been recognized twice this week by The Home Depot, as a result of category leadership and its timely response to recent weather crises.

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Tourism was responsible for spreading more than $149 million across Rome and Floyd County in 2016. The latest U.S. Travel Association data was released last week and shows an increase of 4.5 percent compared to 2015.

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Leaders of the 15-county Northwest Georgia region adopted a new long-range Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) during a Northwest Georgia Regional Commission session in Calhoun Thursday. The plan provides a blueprint for economic growth through the year 2022.

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Travelers and shoppers don’t just stumble into Cave Spring. Even though the city sits at the crossroads of U.S. 411 and Ga. 100, neither route, at least not in Cave Spring, draws as many through travelers as log trucks. That has not hampered recent redevelopment efforts in Cave Spring. The d…

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The Downtown Development Authority agreed Thursday to act as a conduit for a $170,000 Georgia Cities Foundation loan for work to convert the second floor of the Tim and Molly Vicchrilli’s building at 100 Broad St. into a 10,000 square foot residential space.

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The long anticipated makeover of the Shorter Chick-fil-A Dwarf House is finally getting underway. Sort of. Site preparations for a new modular, or containerized temporary Chick-fil-A drive-through in the RiverWalk shopping center, 315 Riverside Parkway, got started last week.

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Executives at Phoenix Air Unmanned in Cartersville realized several years ago that the use of unmanned aerial units, drones, was becoming big and made the intentional effort to become a major player in use of the technology. However Greg Roper at Phoenix suggests folks don’t call them drones…

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The Rome Tennis Center at Berry College has been in operation for a full year now and Rome Finance Director Sheree Shore said for accounting purposes, the center has essentially operated on a break-even basis. Rome City Manager Sammy Rich said the goal for the facility was always to break even.

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The new Carlsen Precision Manufacturing facility in the Floyd County Industrial park started shipping product from Rome this week. The Walkerton, Ontario-based manufacturer of custom hinges, metal stamping and laser cut products plans a formal grand opening event on Oct. 19.

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Unemployment in Floyd County rose eight-tenths of a point from June to July, creeping back over 6 percent for the first time since January. The July rate landed at 6.3 percent, up from 5.5 percent in June.

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While Rome is not necessarily viewed as a hotbed for advanced manufacturing, a new report done by Brookings, shows that Rome manufacturers have more robots per 1,000 employees than any other metropolitan area in Georgia except Warner Robins. The report covers a time span from 2010-2015, and …

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The old adage about back door friends being the best certainly is equally appropriate when it comes to the customers of Mel & Mimi’s, 203 E. Eighth St. The shop is located in an old home, and when Melanie Morris and Mimi Weed bought the property in 1999, they had to create off-street par…

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