Business News

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Retail recruitment consultant Chuck Branch compares recruiting retailers to a community to dating. “You’ve got to keep calling and asking them out,” Branch told city staff and Commissioners Bill Collins and Evie McNiece last week. Perhaps an even larger question, philosophically at least, is…

Audrey Burton (left) and Mark Cochran snip the ribbon to formally open the new Cevian Design Lab architecture studio on the second floor at 202 Broad St. The new studio includes a skylight and a rear open patio. (Doug Walker, RN-T)

The new sign goes up Thursday afternoon, May 25, 2017, over the front of the new Woodstock Furniture and Mattress Outlet in Central Plaza. The new store is expected to open sometime in the middle, or latter half of June. The Rome Floyd Chamber has scheduled a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony f…

  • Georgia Department of Labor reports
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The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Floyd County’s unemployment rate in April was 5.1 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 5.3 percent in March. In April 2016, the rate was 5.6 percent

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The stars have aligned for downtown Rome businessman Jay Shell and Dr. Trent Prault to expand the Rome City Brewing Company, 325 Broad St., a couple of doors down to the 333 Broad St. building. “Man I feel like I’m coming home,” said Shell who operated his original restaurant and bar at 333 …

  • GDOL, staff reports
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Floyd County's unemployment claims stayed much the same in April when compared with March. There were 280 first time unemployment claims in April compared with 267 in March. They did show a drop in claims when compared with April 2016 figures. There were 431 first time unemployment claims in…

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Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission wants to revoke the beer package sales license at Rome Mini Mart, 1714 Turner McCall Blvd.

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Neighborhood convenience stores are taking a larger share of the food market with biscuits and breakfast burritos in the morning and fried chicken, hot dogs and barbecue at lunch and in the evening.

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Dutch auto industry executives snipped the ribbon Thursday to open the new Constellium N.V. advanced aluminum automotive structural components and crash management systems plant in Bartow County’s Highland 75 Industrial Park. The 135,000 square-foot plant was constructed with an eye on expan…

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Rome-based Hydro Dynamics Inc., 8 Redmond Court, has launched XtractMor Inc., to take better advantage of the growing beer market for HDI’s cavitation extraction technology. XtractMor will also be headquartered in Rome but marketed around the world.

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Braden Keith fits the millennial mold in terms of age and his interest in all things digital, but he describes himself as a bit of an old-school businessman when it comes to developing personal relationships with his customers.

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black wants 20 percent of the food provided in classrooms across the state to be Georgia Grown products by the year 2020. Black said that tapping into the school market at a much higher level was critical to preserving farms of the future and communicati…

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Rome architect Mark Cochran called some of the building code regulations that govern new construction in Rome, and all over Georgia, “crazy” and “ridiculous” on Friday. Cochran testified after being called before the committee which is working to streamline the process for opening or expandi…

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Rome’s medical community has long been recognized as an economic engine that helps drive the local economy. And a new report from the Georgia Hospital Association notes the impact of the health care delivery system on the statewide economy as well.

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Officials with Balta Home USA are looking forward to getting their U.S. floor covering operations back under one roof. And that new roof will be in Shannon, on the former Florida Tile property. Balta, the largest floor covering firm in Belgium, revealed plans for a new distribution center in…

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During the Rome City Commission’s two-day planning retreat last month, the local development of Rome’s future workforce took up much of an afternoon, with Commissioner Craig McDaniel calling for enhancements to Rome City Schools’ career prep programs.

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In a deal that took almost a year to materialize, Shanklin-Attaway American Legion Post 5 has agreed to sell its long-time post home off Shorter Avenue to make way for a new retail center, according to Steve Rood, post commander.

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CAVE SPRING — City officials are hoping Cave Spring can become a hub for outdoor adventure activity in the region. Leaders of the Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority believe a byproduct of becoming a center for recreational activity will be an economic shot-in-the-arm.

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