Rome mayor Joseph Fusco will deliver his state of the city address at 6:00 next Thursday at the Rome MVCC campus.

Fusco will discuss strageties for his 'New Revolution' and outline some steps the City has taken in that direction.

He said the American and Industrial Revolutions put Rome on the map, and the Techno Revolution will help restore Rome to its past prominence.

The Positively Rome campaign recently got under way to market the city with the cooperation of city government, the Rome City School District and the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce.

But, Fusco said, marketing paid off even before the Positively Rome initiative.

  • In the past year 12 businesses have opened in the city and four businesses have re-opened.
  • A growing regional company, Runnings, selected Rome as the hub of its expansion into the Northeast U.S. The general merchandise retailer bought the long-vacant Home Depot building on the Rome-Taberg Road and has leased part of the former Rite-Aid distribution center near the retail site.
  • After being empty more than six years, old City Hall on North James Street has a new owner with plans to reuse the historic structure.
  • Construction has begun on the main building of the waterfront development initiative and there is a surge in development along the Erie Canal waterfront area, including work on the Erie Canalway and Mohawk River trails.
  • The former Tannery Road landfill soon will be filled with solar collectors that will generate 2.8 megawatts of clean, renewable, sustainable energy for the city.