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City of Rome
City of Rome Celebrates Georgia Cities Week April 17-23
The City of Rome, along with cities across Georgia, will celebrate Georgia Cities Week April 17-23. The theme of this year’s Georgia Cities Week is “Go to Town” in recognition that the city is the central place for people, business and communities. The week will also promote Rome’s heritage of prosperity and a future focused on providing outstanding services for citizens.
Throughout the week, the city will utilize social media to give citizens behind the scenes access into the nitty gritty action of city work. “We decided to take a fun approach and showcase some of the dirty jobs that happen every day,” said Communications Director, Kristi Kent. “While some of the jobs may not be pretty, they are essential to keeping the city clean, safe and healthy.” City services from several departments will be highlighted on the City of Rome Facebook and Twitter pages including fire, water, solid waste, ECO Center and recycling.
On Tuesday, April 19, citizens are invited to view live video broadcasts for "A Day in the Life of a City Manager”. Everyone can virtually follow the City Manager, Sammy Rich for scheduled live broadcasts throughout the day. Those interested in viewing the scheduled video feeds should download the free Periscope app, then search and add “CityOfRomeGa”. Periscope will send a notification when each broadcast goes live.
Everyone is encouraged to get an early start to the week with two family-friendly city happenings. Both the Rome International Festival and the official Opening Day for Trails are scheduled for Saturday, April 16.
The Rome International Festival celebrates the diversity of our city and bridges cultures through food, music, performances and children activities. The event is held from 12 – 3 p.m. at Bridgepoint Plaza; admission is free.
The official Opening Day for Trails encourages the community to kick off the spring season by hitting one of their favorite trails. The city manages and maintains over 13 miles of multi-use trails that offer scenic river views and connect downtown to local parks. Trail maps and information are available on the city trail web page or at the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center.
On Friday, April 22, the city will celebrate Earth Day with Renew our Rivers. Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful will host the clean-up efforts and invites community members to participate. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and a coffee and biscuit breakfast. The event will be held at 8:00 a.m. at Brushy Branch which is located at Montgomery Landing off Blacks Bluff Road in Coosa.
On Friday, April 22, Rome Area Council for the Arts will host the Annual Fire Fly Fling in partnership with the city’s Downtown Development Authority on the 5th Avenue Bridge overlooking the Oostanaula River. The ticketed event celebrates a developing arts district and benefits community art programming and initiatives. Tickets may be purchased online at RomeArts.org/raca-events.
The week will close with a 100 Year Celebration of the Rome City Auditorium. The Rome Symphony Orchestra, the oldest continuous symphony orchestra in the Southeast, will perform a masterworks concert featuring winners of the Young Artist Competition, plus Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. Rome City Auditorium is the largest theatre of its period still in daily use.
The community is invited to attend all Georgia Cities Week celebrations.