New Partnership to Bring More Residents to Rome

Rooted in Rome- Five local entities that call the city home are working to make sure the community continues on a rising path.

It's a collaboration that's meant to showcase everything the city has to offer. And the first joint event will take place right here at the MVCC campus in Rome.

"We're partnering with the city of Rome, Rome Memorial Hospital, Rome City School District and Mohawk Valley Edge," Randy Vanwagoner, President of MVCC, said.

The five contributors got together to announce the occasion dubbed as Rooted in Rome.

"The idea is to bring in businesses and organizations to show all the different aspects of what life is like living in Rome," Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo, said.

Izzo said the partners met up over a year ago to discuss how to bring those who work in the city to live there, as well.

"We want to showcase what we offer in the city in the form of housing, restaurants, education, healthcare, what would your family do if you were here in Rome," Izzo said.

Rooted in Rome will include several different activities around the campus. It'll be free and open to the public.

"Throughout the entire facility, we'll have businesses with job opportunities, a mini career fair, we'll be inviting career fairs in so that they can become more aware of what's here," Vanwagoner said.

The organizations will also be presenting what their role is in the community and future plans for the city.

"Those that live here and don't live here understand how great the community is and what we have to offer and I think any community you go to it's easy to focus on the negative and as leaders, we want to focus on the positive," Peter Blake, Superintendent of Rome City Schools, said.

The event will take place on October 18 from 4-7 p.m. at the MVCC campus in Rome.

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