Rome Area Chamber of Commerce Committees:
The Planning & Action
Retail Promotion Committee — Commissioned a marketing survey by Zogby International and has developed an annual Shop Rome First Retail Promotion, encouraging people to shop locally during the holidays and year-round to preserve jobs, create new ones and increase sales tax revenue to stabilize property taxes. Online directory of participants year-round at www.ShopRomeFirst.com; chaired by Peter Capponi of The Jewel Box.
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.
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.
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; chair TBA.
Golf Committee — Organizes an annual golf outing to give members the opportunity to meet other members and make business contacts in a social setting. Recent outings have raised money for the Kennedy Arena renovation project, the Capitol Theatre's marquee restoration project, the Rome Art and Community Center security fence project, and the preservation of the Jervis House at Jervis Public Library; chaired by Wesley Cupp of Rome Country Club.
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 Employment Services and Jennifer Grimaldi of hibu Media.
Griffiss Support Group — Establishes and maintains a relationship that assists military and civilian leadership at Griffiss Business & Technology Park in carrying out their mutual responsibilities and conducts social programs through its Griffiss Social Activities Club, chaired by Nancy Roberts of AFRL, to enhance interaction between the military and civilian communities.
Government Affairs Committee — Studies and speaks out on legislative issues and concerns, keeping in mind the interests of the employer community to remain competitive, maintain/increase employment, and make a profit; co-sponsors annual educational forums with the Professional & Business Women of Rome organization and schedules 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.
Professional Development Committee — Offers annual seminars that provide information on workforce development and productivity. Programs included The Disney Keys to Excellence, Jack Canfield, Jay Rifenbary, Ritz-Carlton, and Harry "The Fish Guy" Paul, and most recently Disney's Approach to Business Excellence. Chaired by Scott Leonard of Alion Science and Technology.
Education Committee — Committed to young workforce development by creating and fostering connections between the 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.