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Ann Arnold, Director (Retired December 2016)

Ann Arnold has over thirty years experience in downtown development. She served as the Director of Downtown Development for the City of Rome since January 2000 and was named the 2013 Downtown Development Professional of the Year. She is nationally certified in Downtown Management by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington DC. She was an organizing member of the Georgia Downtown Association and its predecessor, the Georgia Main Street Association.

She was instrumental in the City of Rome receiving the National Preserve America Award and the National Great American Main Street Award. Last year, Ann became one of only three certified professionals in the State of Georgia to be recognized as a Master Georgia Downtown Development Professional.

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Amanda Carter, Assistant

Amanda joined the Downtown Development team in January 2012.  She is a native Roman with a deep-rooted passion of her hometown’s historic downtown district.  Amanda is a 2003 cum laude graduate of Kennesaw State University with a business management degree. She has received the Downtown Development Authority training certification through the Fanning Institute, Atlanta, GA.  In March 2012, she completed the Main Street/Better Hometown City training at the Main Street Institute held in Woodstock, GA.  May 7, 2013 marked her graduation date from the Regional Economic & Leadership Development Academy.  She is a graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Rome Class of XXXII (2015).  Amanda plans to continue her training in downtown revitalization in order to maintain and grow a vibrant downtown to live, work and play in.

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Becky Smyth, Parking Services Manager

Becky is a native Roman and a graduate of Pepperell High School and Shorter University. Her passion for hometown started as a young child, but truly developed in 1999 when she became a volunteer for various downtown projects such as helping coordinate children’s events during Tour De Georgia,  serving on the Downtown Development Authority’s Promotion and Outreach Committees as well as assisting in projects such as First Friday Concerts from their inception . She became the Parking Services Manager for downtown in 2007. The following year she received her certification as a Nationally Certified Parking Professional from the National Parking Association. In 2010, she completed the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, as well as the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Leadership Rome Program. Becky enjoys enhancing and updating her knowledge about downtowns and the parking industry. In 2014 she completed the management development program through the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA where she received her Certificate of Local Government Management. Becky also received her Georgia Downtown Development Professional certification from the Georgia Downtown Association and Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  Finally, Becky currently serves as the President of Georgia State Parking Association. She is married to Robert Smyth and a mother to four children ages 5-16.  Becky says she simply loves downtown and being an agent of growth and development in the community she has always called home.

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Tommy Justice, Parking Enforcement Officer


Tommy Justice is the newest member of the Parking Office. Tommy joined the City of Rome as the Parking Enforcement Officer in June 2016. Tommy is responsible for writing parking tickets on-street, loading zones, fire lanes and handicapped parking areas in the downtown parking zone, one of his primary responsibilities is to serve as an ambassador for the City of Rome. In addition, he carries with him retail directories to hand out to visitors seeking directions.


 Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors 2016

Steven McDowell finalSteven McDowell-Chair
Old Havana Cigar
327 Broad Street
Office: 706-295-0546

Steven currently holds the Chairman position.  He is the owner of Old Havana Cigar, which he has owned since 2003.

EMEvie McNiece- Vice Chair

Evie is a city commissioner.  This is her second term serving on the DDA Board.

PHOTO COMING SOONRobert Blumberg – Secretary/Treasurer 
Johnny’s New York Style Pizza
233 Broad Street
Office: 706-232-6555

Robert “Bob” is the owner of Johnny’s New York Style Pizza and will be opening a new restaurant downtown very soon.  He is the past President of the BID Commission.  

Committee Chairs

David Prusakowski – Outreach
Prusakowski State Farm Insurance
8 E 3rd Ave

David joined the team in 2016.  He owns a State Farm Insurance Agency and oversees the monthly Downtown Coffee Break meetings.



Jay SHell finalJay Shell- Promotions
333 on Broad & The Brewhouse Music & Grill
333 Broad Street

Jay is known for bringing music talent to Rome as owner of The Brewhouse, northwest Georgia’s premier music venue.



Ann Pullen finalAnn Pullen- Design
Downtown Resident
101 Broad St

Ann is a retired professor from Kennesaw State University, is extensively involved in the arts, and is a downtown resident.



Steve White finalSteve White- Business Development
Citizens First Bank
701 Broad St

Steve has worked at Citizens First Bank in downtown Rome for many years.  He serves as the VP Private Client Services.