(Media release from the City of Rome, GA):
The City of Rome announces their celebration of “Georgia Cities Week” April 23-29, 2023. This year’s theme is “Georgia Cities: Lighting the Way” and recognizes the many services and infrastructure the city provides to make Rome attractive to residents, visitors and businesses.
Here are the events planned to celebrate Georgia Cities Week:
Monday, April 24, 6:30 pm, City of Rome Proclamation – Citizens are invited to attend the Rome City Commission meeting. The mayor will present a proclamation in recognition of the official Georgia Cities Week of activities. The meeting is held on the second floor of Rome City Hall located at 601 Broad Street.
Tuesday, April 25, 7:30 am – 8:30 am, Coffee with the Chiefs – The public is invited to Rome City Hall to meet our police and fire chiefs and their command staff. Java Joy will be on-site with their mobile coffee cart to serve coffee and hugs. Complimentary coffee, hot cocoa and iced coffee will be provided. Connect with other citizens and our public safety officials. The event will be held outside city hall; in the event of rain, it will move into the lobby of city hall.
Wednesday, April 26, 11:00 am – Noon, Water Reclamation Tour – The public is invited to a tour of the City of Rome Water Reclamation Facility. This unique tour sheds light on a city service unknown to many citizens. Learn how the city employs scientists and the scientific processes used to reclaim and treat water from various sources to ensure clean water reenters our rivers. The tour will be held at 212 Blacks Bluff Road.
Thursday, April 27, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Historic Evening at Ft. Norton – This night of history highlights a SPLOST funded project that served to renovate the old 1890’s waterworks building on Jackson Hill into an event facility. A special program with a storyteller dressed in character will share the history of Ft. Norton. You will also learn about how the city later utilized the land for a water filtration plant. The building is located on the trail system on Jackson Hill. The Roman Rose Trolley will provide transportation to the renovated waterworks building. The public should meet at the Civic Center parking lot located at 402 Civic Center Drive at 6:00 pm. The trolley will pick-up groups at 6:00 pm and 6:15 pm for transportation up the hill to the building. The public is also welcome to walk or bike the trail. The trolley will provide return transportation to the parking lot after the program ends at 7:30 pm.
Friday, April 28, 4:00 PM, Rome Community Center Ribbon Cutting – The city is hosting a ribbon cutting celebration of the newly renamed Rome Community Center; previously called the Rome Senior Center. The center has been rebranded to better communicate that the center is open to everyone in the community and provides a great space for groups and events. The public will have the opportunity to tour the facility, learn about current programs and view all recent renovations completed at the facility. The Coosa Valley Regional Services/Area Agency on Aging operates a senior nutrition program at this location and contributed funding that the City used for improvements at the facility. The ribbon cutting will be held at 406 Riverside Parkway across the street from Ridge Ferry Park.
Residents are encouraged to participate in all Georgia Cities Week activities and follow the events on the city’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Cities across Georgia will celebrate Georgia Cities Week, sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), to showcase and celebrate cities and the many services they provide. Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 538 member cities.
Georgia Cities Week showcases and celebrate cities and the many services they provide. Cities provide an elevated level of service than most governments and are generally rated higher by the public than any other level of government. The goal of Georgia Cities Week is to heighten the public’s awareness of city government’s role in enhancing the quality of life in communities.