Business: Chamber update on delegation’s D.C. trip to push for airport, hospital site redevelopment.

Business: Chamber update on delegation’s D.C. trip to push for airport, hospital site redevelopment.

Media release: A delegation of 26 Rome and Floyd County business leaders representing small business, technology, healthcare, aviation, manufacturing, primary and secondary education attended the Rome Floyd Chamber’s annual Issues and Opportunities Conference.

During this year’s trip, community officials met with the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Highway Administration, Department of Education, Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, U.S. Sen. David Perdue, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves. and other congressional leaders to discuss priorities for Rome and Floyd County.

Said Chamber Chairman Pete McDonald, Georgia Northwestern Technical College: “By traveling to Washington, D.C., we are able to focus the discussion on the primary issues and opportunities facing our community and have the voice of Rome and Floyd County heard.”

This year’s legislative priorities included funding for Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, the re-use of former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital and transportation funding.

“We had a wonderful opportunity to present to our local legislators and the Federal Aviation Administration on possible future funding of Richard B. Russell Regional Airport,” said Allison Watters, Floyd County Commissioner. “This annual trip allows us to remain at the forefront of the conversation promoting the many infrastructure projects identified for Rome and Floyd County.”

“We are excited to have been able to present to Appalachian Regional Commission about the re-use of Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital,” said Jamie Doss, Rome mayor. “This conference gives Rome and Floyd County the foundation to build a great partnership with the Federal Government.”

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