Rome downtown renewal plan good investment

Opinion – OUR VIEW

At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Rome Common Council passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Jacqueline Izzo to apply for a grant for the business assistance and public art fund.

Good move. Anything done to help small business and the arts is a boost for our redeveloping communities.

This is particularly true in Rome, which is in the midst of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Like its sister city Utica, Rome, too, has fought its way back over the past several decades after some severe economic hits, particularly the loss of Griffiss Air Force Base. The subsequent growth of the Griffiss Business and Technology Park has been a key factor in helping to revive the inner city.


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