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Forbes CEO to speak at Berry

Forbes CEO to speak at Berry

ROME, Ga. -- Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, will speak at Berry College on Thursday, Mar. 31.

The chairman and CEO of Forbes Media and former Republican presidential candidate will talk about his most recent book, How Capitalism Will Save Us, at 8 p.m. in the Steven J. Cage Athletic and Recreation Center.

Forbes' appearance is part of Berry's Gloria Shatto Lecture Series, which has also featured former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy, and renowned neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Benjamin S.

Berry Business Students Offer Tax Services

Berry Business Students Offer Tax Services

ROME, GA -- The Campbell School of Business at Berry College is partnering with the IRS to offer free tax preparation services to local residents.

The initiative is part of the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program.

Through Friday, Apr. 15, a group of specially-trained Berry business students will be available on Fridays (12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) in the Green Hall computer lab to provide tax help. There will be no sessions on Mar. 11-12 and 18-19 because of Berry's spring break.

Services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

"This program provides a wonderful experience for students," said John Grout, dean of the Campbell School of Business. "They gain important real-world experience and provide service to the community.

2010 Greater Rome Tourism Report Released

2010 Greater Rome Tourism Report Released

ROME, GA -- The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) released its 2010 Annual Report to the Board of Directors on Wednesday, Jan. 26.

The report showed a total economic impact of $9,334,215 in tourism expenditures to Rome and Floyd County.

Money made from sporting events totaled 65% of the figure at $6,112,597. This gain in the sports market countered a slight decline in the meetings and conventions market.

These figures represent only events, conventions, meetings and other activities where the GRCVB was directly involved.

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

Economic Uncertainty Persists at Year's End

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy began recovering in 2010 from the deepest recession since the 1930s, but that recovery seemed to go in fits and spurts with no clear trajectory.

As for 2011, expect more growth, but with a continued pattern of uncertainty, said Bill Schaniel, an economist with the University of West Georgia.

"This year will be a year that will be remembered as being both not as good as some hoped -- there was no significant reduction in the unemployment rate -- but not as bad as many feared, as there was no double dip in the recession," said Schaniel. "This year did see the technical end of the recession, but for most people, the recession will end when there is significant job growth."

In 2010, the economy grew at a steady rate in the January-March quarter.

NAIA Brings $1.5 Million to Local Economy

NAIA Brings $1.5 Million to Local Economy

ROME, GA -- On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) announced that the Russell Athletic / NAIA Football National Championship created over $1.5 million in the local economy.

GRCVB officials estimate that over 2,700 out-of-town visitors were in Rome throughout the weekend to see Carroll College trump the University of Sioux Falls 10-7.

"It was almost a sell-out this year -- the stands were packed," said Rachel Rogers, NAIA Championship Week coordinator and director of athletic development at Shorter University. "It was great to have the local support join in this effort."

The game and related events filled approximately 2,800 hotel room nights in Rome from Wednesday, Dec. 15 to Saturday, Dec. 18.

Teams were housed in the Holiday Inn Express and the Country Inn and Suites.

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

New Social Media Brand Ambassadors Practice from Mastermind Lets Brands Engage with Consumers

Atlanta-based Mastermind, a leading social, mobile, digital and promotion agency, this week launched an innovative Social Media Brand Ambassador practice designed to allow brands to actively engage customers, promote their products, and respond quickly to inquiries and complaints.  The agency will recruit ambassadors nationwide and engage them on behalf of clients to promote discussion and raise the level of social media conversation for specific brands.

Potential ambassadors will be chosen from a range of demographic groups, interest areas, and geographic regions.  Those interested in applying should go to www.mastermindmarketing.com.