Community and Economic Development

The Department of Community and Economic Development oversees long-term planning and community revitalization efforts. The department is also responsible for the administration of the annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The department further provides the administration of the Planning Board, and works closely with Parks and Recreation, Engineering, and Code Enforcement offices to progress community goals and the quality of life throughout the city.

Program responsibilities include but are not limited to: comprehensive planning, brownfield planning, remediation, and redevelopment, landuse planning, downtown and waterfront revitalization, connectivity planning and implementation, sustainability implementation and smart growth practices, grant funding applications and administration, and CDBG oversight and administration.

To view Rome’s current projects, visit: and

Documents for Download:

  • ABCA Report for Former Rome Turney Site
  • ReTooling Rome – Zoning and Sustainability Updates
  • Historic District Inventory
  • Community & Economic Development Contact Information:

    Matthew J Andrews
    Matthew J Andrews
    Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development
    (315) 339-7628
    Email: Matthew Andrews

    Patricia DeFina
    (315) 838-1712
    Email: Patricia DeFinaSarah A. Lokker
    Administrative Assistant
    (315) 339-7643
    Email: Sarah LokkerAshley D’Amore
    Community Development Advisor
    (315) 339-7645
    Email: Ashley D’AmoreMakenzi L. Enos
    Planning Aide
    (315) 339-7608
    Email: Makenzi L. Enos
    Kiva VanDerGeest
    (315) 339-7644
    Email: Kiva VanDerGeestDiana Samuels
    Assistant Planner
    (315) 339-7646
    Email: Diana SamuelsDaniel Carpenter
    Project Manager
    (315) 838-1726
    Email: Daniel Carpenter