Rome Area Chamber of Commerce Committees:
The Planning & Action
Ad Hoc Committees — In response to current issues, the Chamber Board of Directors creates short term committees to address concerns and opportunities that may have a direct bearing on the membership’s ability to conduct business.
Education Committee — Committed to young workforce development by creating and fostering connections between business and education communities. Encourages mentoring partnerships and works cooperatively with the Literacy Coalition of Herkimer & Oneida Counties to improve grade level reading abilities; chaired by Debbie Grogan of First Source Federal Credit Union.
Golf Committee — Organizes an annual golf outing to give members the opportunity to network with other members in a social setting. Recent outings have raised money for the Kennedy Arena, Rome Capitol Theatre, Rome Art and Community Center, Jervis Library, and the Henry P. Smith American Legion Post; chaired by Wes Cupp of Rome Country Club.
Government Affairs Committee — Studies and speaks out on legislative issues /concerns, keeping in mind the interests of the employer community to remain competitive, maintain/increase employment, and make a profit; co-sponsors educational forums with the Professional & Business Women of Rome and holds periodic meetings with elected officials to provide members with the opportunity to meet and establish a dialogue with their elected representatives; chaired by Tom Rahn.
Honor America Days Committee — Organizes major events (Parade and Symphony Pops Concert the last Saturday in July at Fort Stanwix). Publicizes and promotes a multitude of citywide events and activities during Rome's annual Honor America Days Celebration, in the July-August time frame, which helps boost pride, promote patriotism, and generate business; chaired by Jackie Izzo of Upstate NY Professional Services.
Membership/Ambassadors Committee — Develops and implements programs to recruit new members and retain existing members. Organizes and enhances networking opportunities for local businesses, coordinates ribbon cuttings, grand openings, “Member of the Month” award, and First Dollar of Profit award presentations; co-chaired by Holly Hoag of Adecco Office & Industrial and Jennifer Grimaldi of hibu Media.
Professional Development Committee — Offers seminars that provide information on workforce development and productivity. Recent programs included The Disney Keys to Excellence, Jack Canfield, Jay Rifenbary, Ritz-Carlton, Harry “The Fish Guy” Paul, and Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence. Chaired by Scott Leonard of Alion Science and Technology.
Retail Promotion Committee — Shopping locally preserves jobs and increases sales tax revenue to stabilize property taxes. After more than a decade of successful Shop Rome First holiday promotions, the Rome Chamber moves to a year-round awareness campaign via Shop Rome First Gift Cards, ShopRomeFirst.com Directory and Marketplace, social media, and advertising. Retail businesses may request ad hoc committees for cooperative project and staff support. Chaired by Executive Committee.
Rome Home Show Committee — Plans, organizes and presents the show each year to encourage sales at participating exhibitors, helping those businesses to successfully promote their products and services to thousands of potential customers during one spring weekend; chaired by Laurie Fusco of Ridge Street Depot.
Silent Auction & Dance Party Committee — Plans, organizes and presents an event that is the major fund raiser for the Honor America Days Celebration that involves hundreds of area businesses, organizations and individuals who generously donate items for the auction; chaired by Ann Pohl of NBT Bank.
Rome Futures Young Professionals Committee — An organization geared toward young professionals in Rome and surrounding areas. The network is open to employees, business owners and entrepreneurs looking to build lasting, social and business connections within the community through various social, cultural and educational networking events; chaired by Jessica Coleman-Hernandez of the Hampton Inn.