2023 Impact Grant recipients announced

Friday, Apr. 14, 2023–7:42 a.m.

-David Crowder, WRGA News-

The Rome Downtown Development Authority took time during their Thursday meeting to recognize the latest recipients of Downtown Impact Grants.

Those receiving $1,000 grants included the Rome Little Theatre, the Rome International Film Festival, the DeSoto Theatre, the Shakespeare Festival, and the Rome Symphony Orchestra.

$500 grants went to Going Caching and Schnauzerfest.

The grants are intended to support organizations in the production of events that enhance the quality of life and promote economic growth in Downtown Rome.

These events draw a significant tourism impact, with most visitors staying in the hotels, and shopping and eating downtown.

Pictured from left to right: Kelli Duncan, Rome Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors; Jennifer Bailey Bowers, Rome Downtown Development Authority; Frank Beacham, Assistant Rome City Attorney; Tayesha Lytle, Rome Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors; Elaine Abercrombie, Rome Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors; Randy Quick, Rome City Commission; Leanne Cook – Rome International Film Festival; Michelle Picon, Historic DeSoto Foundation; Seth Ingram, Rome International Film Festival; Aundi Lesley,
Downtown Development Director; Jim Kelly, Rome International Film Festival; Julie McCluskey, Rome Shakespeare Festival; Mandy Maloney, Rome Little Theatre; Mark Van Leuven, Rome International Film Festival; Barbara Beninato, Rome Symphony Orchestra; Megan Treglown Otwell, Rome Downtown Development Authority; Julie Harris, Rome Downtown Development Authority; and Harry Brock, Rome Downtown Development Authority Board Chair.

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