Business: LG Hausys plans another $50 million investment in Calhoun area, 80 new jobs. Amy Barton promoted at Heritage First Bank. $55,000 grant for Finster/Paradise Garden Foundation. Meet the 2018 Leadership Rome graduates (Class XXXV):

Business: LG Hausys plans another $50 million investment in Calhoun area, 80 new jobs. Amy Barton promoted at Heritage First Bank. $55,000 grant for Finster/Paradise Garden Foundation. Meet the 2018 Leadership Rome graduates (Class XXXV):


LG Gausys

L.G. Hausys America growing again:  A May report for Gordon County government shows that “representatives from L.G. dropped by yesterday to let the county know the company is about to expand its presence in Gordon County with a third Viatera plant to be located on LG’s existing campus. This new plant will represent about an additional $50 million investment in the county and could employee up to 80 additional workers. LG also generously offered to supply counter top material for use in the county construction projects. To date, LG employs about 240 people in Gordon County and has invested over $160 million in buildings and equipment in our community.”

Ryan Earnest, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rome’s Heritage First Bank, announces that Amy Barton has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President in charge of Loan Operations.

A native of Rome, Barton began her banking career in Rome in 1999 as a Loan Operations Supervisor. She has an extensive background in all facets of loan operations, having worked primarily as a loan supervisor. Barton is also trained in mortgage loan processing. She joined the Heritage First Bank team in 2016.

Said Earnest: “I am pleased to announce Amy’s well-deserved promotion and I look forward to her continued management of Heritage First Bank’s loan operations department. She has shown a strong initiative in the performance of her management duties, and her vast experience in loan servicing has provided a great base of operations for our bank. Amy is a customer focused leader and always seeks to deliver a high level of customer service, a Heritage First Bank standard.”


Paradise Garden Foundation has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant of $55,000 for planning a major restoration of the World’s Folk Art Church, the signature structure of  Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden folk art environment, the NEA announced Wednesday. It is the first NEA grant to the foundation since it was created in 2012. For visitor safety reasons, the World’s Folk Art Church has been closed for many years. With the Art Works funding, the Paradise Garden Foundation will hire an architect or firm specializing in historic restoration to develop a  conservation plan. The Art Works grant also will cover the archiving of Finster materials in the Church. The conservation project is expected to cost $800,000 to $1 million. “Fund-raising for a project of this proportion will be a challenge, but we have faith and determination that it can be done,” said Paradise  Garden Foundation president Eddy Willingham.

Meet the 2018 Leadership Rome graduates (Class XXXV): Recognizing the need for developing leaders for Rome and Floyd County, the Rome Floyd Chamber established the Leadership Rome Program in 1983.  Leadership Rome XXXV participated in a variety of sessions including industry, healthcare, education and government. Participants represented the educational, financial, industrial, governmental, legal, religious, medical, non-profit and retail/small business entities. Congratulations to Leadership Rome XXXV.

Jackson Abercrombie, Professional Screening & Information

Brandon Ball, United Community Bank

Mark Bell, Georgia Power Co.

Ballard Betz, Synovus

Brian Bojo, McRae, Smith, Peek, Harman & Monroe, LLP

Stephanie Bradshaw, The Stitchery

Jan Caldwell, Big Time Products

 John Goodrich, Floyd Medical Center – Lean Six Sigma

 Hope Jones, Darlington School

 Kristi Kent, Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau

 Erin de Mesquita, Hospitality House

 Stephanie Nichols, Rome Cleaners

 John Parker, Floyd County Board of Education

Amber Patton, Rome Floyd Chamber

 Missy Ragland, Redmond Regional Medical Center

 Sommer Robinson, Floyd County E-911

 Lynn Rousseau, Open Door Children’s Home

 Kasey Salas, Floyd Medical Center

 Randy Self, City of Rome

Juan Pablo Selle, Coosa Country Club

Ryan Streeter, Active Pest Control

 Lisa Swardenski, Toles, Temple & Wright, Inc.

 Julie Tomlin, Floyd County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Assistance Program

 Beth Wardlaw, Darlington School

Cassandra Wheeler, Georgia Power

Courtnay Williams Griffin, City of Rome

Harley Yancey, Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis, LLP

Pete McDonald- 2018 Chair of the Rome Floyd Chamber and President of Georgia Northwestern Technical College

Jennifer MooreSoutheastern Mills, LR XXXV Coordinator

Matt Davis– 95.7 The Ridge/WLAQ 1410 AM, LR XXXV Coordinator

Lori MagnicheriLeadership Rome Programs Coordinator


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