The Downtown Development Office is located in the heart of Rome. Nestled in the Carnegie Building at 607 Broad Street, Downtown Development is fully devoted to the revitalization of the downtown district. The Director staffs the Rome Downtown Development Authority (DDA), oversees the Main Street Program, and the parking program. The office also serves as a ready point of contact for prospects, project management, and administering the downtown revolving loan fund. We offer many programs and services to help better the downtown community. Other staff members include a parking manager, enforcement officer, and administrative personnel.
Office of Downtown Development
The City of Rome created the Office of Downtown Development and River Development in 1994 and hired a full time director at the urging of the Development Authority. In 2000, the position was redefined as Downtown Development and Historic Preservation until 2003 when Preservation was moved to the Planning Department. The position is now devoted, full time, to the revitalization of the downtown district. The Director staffs the Downtown Development Authority, oversees the Main Street Program, and the parking program, as well as serving as a ready point of contact for prospects, project management, and administering the downtown revolving loan fund. Other staff members include a parking enforcement officer. Some limited administration assistance is provided through the City’s Community Development Department. Board meetings are held the second Thursday of every month in the Carnegie Building located at 607 Broad Street.
Downtown Development Authority
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was established in 1981 in accordance with the Downtown Development Authority Law. The purpose of the DDA is “the revitalization and redevelopment of the central business district of the city; to develop and promote for the public good and general welfare trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities and to promote the general welfare of the state of Georgia.” The city appoints a seven member Board of Directors for four-year terms. The DDA is both a public agency and a private organization. The nature of the DDA brings advantages because their sole concern is the downtown area, avoiding unrelated issues. City officials, business and civic leaders cannot do this because downtown is only one area of concern. The DDA powers include: to purchase and own property; to lease or rent; to finance projects; to receive government grants or loans; to execute contracts; to finance projects; and to receive tax monies. The DDA is primarily a policy and decision-making body and may also be a land developer, landlord, planning organization, or a project manager. The DDA’s director administers the day-to-day revitalization efforts.
Our Mission: To foster an environment that encourages growth and development while enhancing the historic quality of the City and County Center.
Our Vision: All citizens of Rome and Floyd County will have a greater appreciation, respect, and understanding for the historic city center. The central business district will be valued as a vibrant economic and cultural district and a vital contributor to the community’s heritage and identity. The community will be better because of the partnerships, investments, and enhanced sense of place. Downtown will have an enriched quality of life in which to live, work and play.
Downtown Rome Aerial Tour: The Downtown Rome Aerial Tour is a brief video done by George Lataif in partnership with the Downtown Development Authority of Rome, Georgia as part of George’s Eagle Scout project. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Scouting program and only 4% of Scouts are granted this after a detailed review of everything Scouting teaches. Eagle Scout applicants must complete a community service project with a minimum of 21 hours and it must benefit the community in some way. George made his video to benefit the citizens of Rome as well as any visitors or potential residents of the city.
Please click this link to view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRA2UJrNHqE