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June Newsletter 2016

The Column is a monthly newsletter brought to you by the Office of Downtown Development in Rome, Ga. To view in fullscreen please click the square in the bottom right corner of the Prezi Viewer.
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Transcript of June Newsletter 2016

You Are Cordially Invited.
DOWNTOWN COFFEE BREAK 2016
PARKING ANNOUNCEMENTS
KICK OFF JUNE 3, 7-10PM AT BRIDGEPOINT PLAZA
FIRST FRIDAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
The First Friday Summer Concert Series kicks off Friday, June 3 with South of Heaven opening for Jerry on the Moon at Bridgepoint Plaza.

Can you believe the 18th season of the First Friday Series is HERE? The event is a joint effort of the Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). Business and property owners within this district have joined together to bring you this FREE event in the heart of the city. “The downtown businesses make this summer tradition possible”, says Ann Arnold, Downtown Development Authority Director. “As you shop and visit within the historic district, remember this series is funded entirely through their generosity.” The public is encouraged to support downtown businesses by eating, shopping and utilizing downtown business services before and after concerts. This is a great opportunity for quality family entertainment in the heart of the City. The concerts are held rain or shine. Remember your lawn chairs and blankets, as bleacher seating is limited.

Concerts begin at 7pm and end at 10pm. Concessions are sold by approved non-profit organizations only. For information and a schedule, please click on the “Calendar” tab on our website! Also, pick up a First Friday Concerts Brochure or contact our office at 706-236-4520!
Parking downtown has never been easier thanks to the Parkmobile App and the "We Validate" campaign. Parkmobile provides drivers with the capability to pay for parking using a mobile application for iPhone, Android, Windows, Amazon, and Blackberry phones. Customers will be able to enjoy 1 hour of free parking in the E. 1st Street parking lot when using Parkmobile with promo code 1offRome. Parkmobile’s mobile payments system is very simple and easy to use. Customers need only register online at www.parkmobile.com or by downloading the mobile app through their smartphone’s app store. Once registered, users may use the mobile app, internet, or a toll free number to pay for parking. After setting up an account, customers can immediately start using the system with their registered mobile phone.
PARKING MADE EASY THANKS TO PARKMOBILE AND THE "WE VALIDATE" CAMPAIGN
Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device, so customers should not worry if the meter does not change. Mobile app users may also choose to receive reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking, as well as extend parking sessions remotely. Time limits on meters and parking lots still apply, and Parkmobile will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters or lots.
Last spring the Downtown Development Parking Office announced the launch of the “We Validate” campaign for parking in downtown. The purpose of the program is to increase parking options for customers by offering parking validations for parking off of Broad Street. Businesses participating in the program will display an image of the parking validation logo in their windows. Validations will be offered for those who park off-street either at the Annex Lot on E. 1st or at the 3rd Avenue parking deck. The first hour of parking in the 3rd Avenue parking deck is free. To validate parking, customers simply need to ask participating businesses for a validation ticket.

For additional details about the program or downtown Rome parking questions, contact the Parking Services Office at 706-236-4458.
THE LIGHTER SIDE
Seasons is a NEW restaurant in Downtown Rome located at 208 Broad Street! After many successful years in the restaurant scene on Broad Street, Bob Blumberg has decided to launch Seasons, a new locally sourced restaurant at 208 Broad. “Menu changes will also occur with the availability of fresh produce, fresh seasonal seafood and locally sourced products,” Blumberg said. Co-owner Chris Blackmon will serve as the restaurant’s executive chef. Blumberg said Blackmon will add a creative touch to family favorite recipes; signature dishes will include braised short ribs, seafood, shrimp and grits, grilled and glazed pork chops, fried green tomatoes, pimento mac and cheese, and buttermilk fried chicken. The restaurant will have table seating for 86 customers with another 10 at the bar. Seasons opened its doors for normal operating hours on Tuesday; May 31st. Normal hours will be as follows: Lunch 11am-3pm & Dinner 5pm-10pm Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday 11am-4pm. Brunch served on Saturday and Sunday with a Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar. For more information or to make reservations please call (706) 235-9700.
JUNE 2016 DOWNTOWN EVENTS
June 3: First Friday featuring Jerry on the Moon, 7-10pm Bridgepoint Plaza
June 3-12: Rome's Little Theatre presents Second Samuel, Historic DeSoto Theatre
June 4: Walk to END Alzheimer's Kick Off, Shannon Park
June 4: Rome's Big Float, Etowah River from Dixon Landing to Heritage Park
June 4: Downtown Rome Guided Walking Tours, departs 10am from the Downtown Welcome Center
June 7: Snapshot in Time, Rome Area History Museum
June 9: Rome Area Writers meeting, 6pm Etowah room in the Rome-Floyd Library
June 11: Rome Symphony Orchestra Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble concert, 7pm Darlington School
June 11-12: Cave Springs Arts Festival, Rolater Park
June 18: 3rd Annual Mike Dumas Putt Putt Pub Crawl "Bad Golf for a Good Cause"
June 24: Monthly Coffee Break, 8:30am Ford, Gittings & Kane
June 27: Alzheimer's Spirit Night Fundraiser, 4-9pm Jandy's and Firehouse Subs
May 31-June 5: Shakespeare Festival, Town Green
May-September: Every Friday, Rome Grown Rome Made, Rome Civic Center
April- October: 1st Saturday, Downtown Guided Walking Tours, Downtown Rome
May-September: 1st Sunday, Rolling on the River Sunday Cruises, Heritage Park
April- October: 1st Saturday, Climb the Clock Tower, Noon-1:15pm


This months Downtown Coffee Break will be hosted by Ford, Gittings & Kane Jewelers located at 312 Broad street on June 24th.

Downtown Coffee Break is a monthly networking opportunity, for business and property owners, at 8:30 AM on the last Friday of each month. In one brief hour, you will hear project updates and community information. You will also have fun, get to experience good food and have great fellowship. Mark your calendar now and remember to bring a friend.
Rome Downtown Development Authority design committee in partnership with Rome Area Heritage Foundation, Rome Area History Museum and Rome Business Improvement District, have taken on the task of developing a Historic Plaque Program that identifies the original use and date of construction of properties within the central business district of Rome. Buildings will be identified and owners of those properties solicited to purchase a plaque. While the over focus will be in three stages [Phase 1 Buildings pre 1900; Phase 2 1901-1930; Phase 3 After 1931], participation will be on a first come basis.

Owners will be offered a 50% grant for participating. The matching grant is provided by The Rome Area Heritage Foundation and the Rome Business Improvement District.



Plaques are $200 each and the goal is to fund approximately 30 individual properties each year for a period of three years, focusing primarily on Broad Street. Multiple plaques may be purchased for properties with multiple store fronts.

Join the walk thru time and honor the history of your property by purchasing a plaque.
Questions 706-236-4520 Email: downtown2@romega.us

ARE YOU THE OWNER OF A HISTORIC BUILDING IN ROME?
HISTORIC PLAQUE PROGRAM
For more information about Downtown Development please visit:
www.DowntownRomeGA.us or contact the office at 706-236-4520
An Award Winning Great American Main Street City
OPENING A NEW BUSINESS IN DOWNTOWN ROME?
Starting a business involves planning, making financial and location decisions and completing legal activities. We’ve taken the local process of opening a business in downtown and broken it into simple steps. These steps can help you plan, prepare and manage the process. In order to establish a successful business, it is essential to plan well, stay motivated and execute effectively. You will find the Downtown Development Office to be Business Friendly and we are here to assist with the local process. Whether starting new, considering expansion, acquisition or renovation, we are here to assist you in avoiding unnecessary delays and expense. Your dream is important and with a plan and resources it can become a reality.

Visit www.downtownromega.us for loan information and a friendly resource guide.
JUNE 1, 2016
Vol I, No. 2
THE COLUMN
A Monthly
Downtown
Development
Newsletter
NEW BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT
SEASONS RESTAURANT AND CAFE
FARRELL'S FRAME AND DESIGN
Rome has a new frame and design business! Check out Farrell’s Frame and Design Shop located on the Cotton Block at 116 Broad Street. Farrell’s offers custom framing, Giclee printing, fine art reproduction, art scanning, and so much more. No project is too big or small for the custom framers at Farrell’s. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and after hours by appointment. For more information or to make an after hours appointment please call 706- 584-7816 or send an email to Amanda@FarrellsFrameAndDesign.com.
Downtown Dollars are local gift certificates that support small businesses in downtown Rome. Downtown Dollars are available for purchase from the Office of Downtown Development; they are available in any amount, and cannot expire. For retailers who choose to participate in the Downtown Dollars program, 100% of the purchase goes back to the business ensuring that your money stays local. With a Downtown Dollars gift certificate you can support local businesses and please even the pickiest of gift recipients. The variety of retailers gives the user the freedom to choose between a night on the town, a new pair of shoes, a spa treatment, and more. The money you spend stays local which is the greatest gift you can give to Downtown Rome. For retailers interesting in participating in the Downtown Dollars program please contact the Office of Downtown Development.
2016 NET GAIN IN JOBS AND BUSINESSES FOR DOWNTOWN ROME
2016 NET JOBS
2016 Net Businesses: 11
2016 Net Jobs: 24
2016 BUSINESS OPENINGS & CLOSINGS
WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE OFFICE OF DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT THIS MONTH?
Exciting times here in the Office of Downtown Development, as we welcome our new front desk receptionist, Brittany Griffin. Brittany joined the City of Rome in March; she is an Acworth native and a recent graduate of Shorter University.

We are thrilled to have Brittany, and are exciting as we continue to grow as a department.

Brittany is currently overseeing the production of our monthly newsletter: The Column. If you wish to be featured or added to our distribution list please contact her by email: bgrifffin@romega.us.
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