Spires at Berry close to break­ing ground

The col­lege’s new re­tire­ment com­mu­nity is ex­pected to seek lo­cal bond fi­nanc­ing.

Rome News-Tribune - - NEWS - By Doug Walker DWalker@RN-T.com

De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Floyd County at­tor­ney Scott Smith told mem­bers of the agency Wed­nes­day that he an­tic­i­pates need­ing a called meet­ing of the body to ap­prove a bond pack­age for Berry’s Col­lege’s new con­tin­u­ing care re­tire­ment com­mu­nity, The Spires at Berry Col­lege.

Smith told the group that he has been con­tacted about the bond pack­age but had no de­tails with re­spect to how much the project’s bond pack­age will be val­ued at.

The De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Floyd County has ap­proved bonds to sup­port var­i­ous projects at the col­lege through the years.

Rome Floyd Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Al Hodge told the de­vel­op­ment agency that Rome and Floyd County have re­ceived 18 site vis­its from prospec­tive new em­ploy­ers this year.

“Prospect ac­tiv­ity con­tin­ues to be very strong,” Hodge said. “We’ve had over 100 leads.”

The eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment team has re­ceived 57 in­quiries this year.

“That’s the next pro­gres­sion from a lead. It’s a spe­cific re­quest,” Hodge said. He said the cham­ber had had 25 re­quests for ex­ist­ing build­ings.

“That doesn’t mean ev­ery one of those would have come here,” Hodge said “Un­for­tu­nately that does mean missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Hodge said he picked up two leads dur­ing a re­cep­tion in At­lanta last week, one in the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy realm and an­other in di­rect man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Cham­ber Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor Heather Seck­man said she would be at­tend­ing a Eu­ro­pean-Amer­i­can In­vest­ment Coun­cil con­fer­ence next week.

“We are very in­volved in get­ting the name of Rome and Floyd County out there to dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions,” Seck­man said.

/ Doug Walker

Rome Floyd Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Al Hodge (stand­ing) says prospect ac­tiv­ity in Rome con­tin­ues to be brisk. De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Floyd County mem­bers Larry Mor­row (seated from left), Charles Stevens, Mark Brew­ster and Jeff Kehl lis­ten to his com­ments.

Heather Seck­man, Cham­ber Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor

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