A Rome Floyd Chamber workforce development and marketing campaign, Rise and Thrive 2025, already has $1.6 million committed of the $2 million goal.

Chamber Board Chair Cassandra Wheeler said the capital campaign is being led by a leadership council of nearly two dozen corporate executives from companies that made early commitments to the campaign. More than three dozen local businesses have invested in the campaign, said co-chair Kenna Stock, CEO of Harbin Clinic.

The Rise and Thrive 2025 campaign will be featured in the Saturday Business section of the Rome News-Tribune.

The 110th annual chamber meeting was held Thursday at State Mutual Stadium. The spread out crowd nearly filled the lower section of seats around both the first and third base lines. Rome Braves General Manager David Cross said he is anxiously awaiting the return of High Class A baseball on May 18.

The marketplace may be forever changed by COVID-19, outgoing chamber board chairman Scott Preston told the crowd. The pandemic has shifted the focus for many Americans toward finding a work/life balance.

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