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City approves economic development agreement

March 12, 2019--8:12 a.m.

Staff reports

The Rome City Commission has approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with Floyd County regarding economic development.

Rome City Manager Sammy Rich explained what’s in the contract.

“The attempt of this document was really to reduce to writing the concepts and the idea that we have previously discussed in a great amount of detail and we have continued to move forward,” he said. “In essence, we are shifting the role of industrial recruitment from the chamber and putting it specifically under the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority. That’s what this language and this document sets out to do.”

City Commissioner Craig McDaniel made the motion to approve.

“We work best when we work together,” he said. “I think we have worked very closely with our partners at the county, with the members of the Rome-Floyd Development Authority and the Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce through this process. Nothing is perfect. What we have now, what we’re going to have and what we might have down the road, it will always be a working process. But it takes good people who care about the community working together.”

There was one no vote, Commissioner Evie McNiece.

“I still think that change may be a good thing,” she said. “Commissioner McDaniel said ‘we work best when we work together.’ We also work best when we have a solid plan and a stable budget. So, at this point, my vote is no to the contract only.”

Commissioners Wendy Davis participated in the pre-meeting caucus but was unable to attend the regular meeting.

In a post on her Facebook page she said that she would have voted “no” if she would have been there.