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 Amanda Carter, Director

Amanda joined the Downtown Development team in January 2012 as Assistant.  She was selected as Director on May 22, 2017. 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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Megan Treglown, Marketing & Events Coordinator

Megan received her Bachelor in Communications specializing in Public Relations, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration, from Jacksonville State University. While at Jacksonville State, Treglown enjoyed her time as a Marching Ballerina during her undergraduate, and later served as a graduate assistant with Residence Life while obtaining her Masters.Treglown was raised right outside of Rome in Plainville and has deep ties to the Rome area. She previously worked at the Rome Braves a total of seven seasons, working consistently with events and promotions.

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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Sonalice Ellis , Administrative Clerk for the Office of Downtown Development and Parking Services.

Sona is native to Rome, graduating from Rome High School in 2011. She then went to the University of West Georgia and graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology in 2015. Sona is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority inc. and was very active with community service through her college years. Upon moving back to Rome, she became a volunteer coach to a local cheerleading team. She is also a mentor to the children of the Rome community.

Shane Pope, Parking Enforcement Officer

Shane Pope is the newest member of the Parking Office. Shane joined the City of Rome as the Parking Enforcement Officer in October 2017. Shane 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.

 Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors 2018


Robert Blumberg – Chair
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 Seasons Rome. He is the past President of the BID Commission.  


Evie McNiece- Vice Chair

Evie is a city commissioner.  This is her second term serving on the DDA Board. She chairs the DDA Parking Committee.

Jay Shell- Secretary/Treasurer
Rome Brewing Company (The Brewhouse)
325 Broad Street

Jay is known for bringing music talent to Rome as owner of Rome Brewing Company (formerly The Brewhouse Music and Grill), northwest Georgia’s premier music venue.  Rome City Brewing Company is a downtown brew pub.

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.




Connie Sams- Promotions
River Dog Outpost
1 Broad Street

Connie owns River Dog Outpost and has been a great help in bringing talent in for the annual Fiddlin’ Fest event.


Megan Watters- Design
MW Design
407 Broad St

Megan is an interior designer with an office in downtown Rome, who also lives Between the Rivers.



Ballard Betz- Business Development
701 Broad St

Ballard works at Synovus in downtown Rome and serves as the VP of Commercial Banking.