Awards, Designations and Accolades
City of Rome Designations
MYRTLE HILL CEMETERY TREES PLACED ON LANDMARK AND HISTORIC TREE REGISTER, GEORGIA URBAN FOREST COUNCIL, 2018
Myrtle Hill Cemetery is home 40 species of trees; many are unique and help classify the cemetery as an arboretum and placement on the Georgia Urban Forest Council's Landmark & Historic Tree Register.
BEE CITY USA, DESIGNATED IN 2017
Rome became certified as a Bee City USA affiliate by committing to create sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.
GEORGIA'S EXCEPTIONAL MAIN STREETS PROGRAM, SELECTED IN JAN 2014
As a Georgia Main Street City, Rome progressed to the Georgia's Exceptional Main Streets Program. The program provides advanced technical assistance to communities who have been proven leaders in their field of downtown development.
PRESERVE AMERICA COMMUNITY , DESIGNATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR IN 2004
At the time of the award, Rome was one of only four communities in Georgia designated as a Preserve America Community. Designations are given to communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.
TREE CITY USA, DESIGNATED IN 1990
To qualify as a Tree City USA community, Rome meets standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters to ensure a viable tree management program.
CITY OF ROME AWARDS
MUNICIPAL FACILITY OF THE YEAR - ROME TENNIS CENTER, RACQUET SPORTS INDUSTRY MAGAZINE, DEC 2019
USTA OUTSTANDING FACILITY OF THE YEAR - ROME TENNIS CENTER, AUG 2019
GEORGIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION LARGE AGENCY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, CITY OF ROME HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, NOV 2019
READER'S CHOICE AWARDS FOR BEST MEETING SITES IN THE SOUTH, CONVENTION SOUTH, 2008-2019
GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF WATER PROFESSIONALS PLATINUM AWARD FOR DRINKING WATER FACILITY, 2018
GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF WATER PROFESSIONALS PLATINUM AWARD FOR WASTEWATER FACILITY, 2018
NEXT BEST PADDLING TOWN, MENS MAGAZINE, JUL 2018
DUI HERO AWARD, ROME POLICE DEPARTMENT, 2018
LARGE AGENCY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN HUMAN RESOURCES, GEORGIA LOCAL GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION, 2017
THE SOUTH'S MOST CHARMING STREETS, SOUTHERN LIVING, 2017
BEST MAIN STREET SHOPPING DISTRICTS IN ALL 50 STATES, MSN, 2017
LIVE, WORK, PLAY CITY AWARD, GEORGIA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION, 2017
Rome was recognized for it's success in advancing job creation, housing offerings, and recreational amenities increasing overall quality of life for all residents and serving as an example for local governments across Georgia.
GA PRIMA ENTITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, 2016
TOP RETIREMENT DESTINATION, WHERE TO RETIRE, 2016
TOP 50 BEST SMALL TOWN MAIN STREETS IN AMERICA, TOP VALUE REVIEWS.NET, 2016
Rome was selected as having one of the best small town main streets in America. Rome ranked 36th on the list created by TopValueReviews.net. Editors selected the top 50 small town main streets based on inclusion on a major register, category of downtown attractions, having notable historic places and being nationally ranked. Editors defined a small town as having fewer than 60,000 residents, according to the 2010 census.
GOVERNOR'S CHALLENGE AWARD - TREE CITY USA, 3RD PLACE, 2016
BEST COLLEGE TOWN, SOUTHERN LIVING, 2016
DUI HERO AWARD, MADD, ROME CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, 2016
TOP RETIREMENT DESTINATION, WHERE TO RETIRE MAGAZINE, DEC 2015
ROME NAMED IN TOP THIRD OF BEST PLACES TO DO BUSINESS IN GEORGIA LIST, NERDWALLET, JUN 2015
TOP 50 BEST SMALL TOWN MAIN STREETS IN AMERICA, TOPVALUEREVIEWS.NET, DEC 2015
AMERICA'S TOP 100 PLACES TO LIVE, FORBES MAGAZINE & RELOCATEAMERICA.COM, 2007
GREAT AMERICAN MAIN STREET CITY AWARD, NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION, 2003
The Great American Main Street City Award is given to a community for their dramatic efforts to rebuild the pride, spirit, and economic prosperity of their traditional commercial districts. At the time Rome was recognized, Rome was one of only two cities in Georgia to receive this award and one of only 45 in the USA.
GEORGIA MAIN STREET CITY, DESIGNATED BY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS IN 1981
Rome was designated as a Georgia Main Street City by the Department of Community Affairs. This program assists Georgia cities and communities in the development of their core commercial areas. These cities are also expected to work within the National Main Street Center's Four-point approach: Organization, Design, Economic Restructuring and Promotion
ADDITIONAL CITY OF ROME ACCOLADES
- Certified Local Government
- Qualified Local Government
- 5 Local Historic Districts
- 9 National Historic Districts
- Over 90 individual National Historic Registered sights