The Rome Area Chamber of Commerce's First Annual Report
Barton Haselton was the first president. Excerpts from his annual report on Dec 17, 1912, included:
- The chamber was instrumental in greatly improving both freight and passenger transportation service. City freight was now dispatched daily. Four fast trains were scheduled daily as well as six additional regular daily trains.
- Our publicity committee had placed signs at various points directing auto traffic into the city.
- Investigated 40 propositions for industries to locate in Rome.
- Studied plans for ornamental lights for the business section through our lighting committee.
- Established certain needs and goals contained in a report by A. R. Kessinger: "The city needs a Building Code, a Park Board, tax maps of the city, medium priced rentals for families — and the Oneida County Fair needs assistance."
- On the political scene, the chamber recorded its support for a referendum on a Permanent Tariff Commission.