Just as the Phoenix, a mythical beast that returns from the ashes; so too is a city website, Rome Rises, making its return.
City Marketing and Events Coordinator Sarah Lokker said the website is a virtual work in progress, and will be continually updated as a projects progress.
Rome Rises — www.romerises.com — was originally launched as a byproduct of the branding and marketing efforts through one of the Brownfield Opportunity Area projects. “Our hopes are to make it more of a living document that is continually updated as progress throughout the city is made, as well as serving as an archive once projects are completed,” Lokker said, who manages and oversees the website.
She said the site is constantly changing and will include up-to-date information so city residents can keep informed about major developments.
Rome Rises highlights all the reasons why the city would be a great place to come live, work, play and grow a business. Rich in history and culture, the site talks about how Rome is home to 10 attractions on the National Register of Historic Places and countless local landmarks, including Fort Stanwix National Monument; that is ranked within the Top 10 most affordable mid-sized metropolitan statistical areas while also in the Top 15 safest and most secure.
The site also lists a variety of educational opportunities and municipal and non-profit agencies that assist small, local businesses.
Rome is also highlighted as a “bicycle friendly” community offering bike rental stations, bike paths and racks in front of buildings. The arts are also vibrant within the city with the Capitol Theatre, Rome Art and Community Center, Rome Community Theatre and Rome Arts Association.
The site talks about how Rome is home to the Pledge of Allegiance with author Francis Bellamy laid to rest in the city. And with more than 14,000 paper records, visitors are encouraged to come take a look inside Rome Historical Society and take a stroll through the Gansevoort-Bellamy Historic District.
Rome Rises also features a section that updates specific projects, such as the Erie Boulevard Brownfield Opportunity Area, the Downtown Rome Brownfield Opportunity Area, Rome Waterfront Village and Woodhaven project between Floyd Avenue and Park Drive.
There are also “Spotlight Projects” that include the Gansevoort-Bellamy Historic District, or James Street Park, as well as Woodhaven Complete Streets and Erie Boulevard Wheels to Heels to help increase pedestrian traffic downtown.