Wendy Davis, Commissioner - Ward Two
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Committed to building a better Rome - a welcoming and prosperous city that is reaching for the 22nd Century - Wendy Davis was elected to Ward 2 of the Rome City Commission in November of 2013 and re-elected in 2017. Her primary goal is to involve more people in the process of everyday governing, using today's technology to share information and gather citizen input.
Innovations such as the live streaming of commission meetings, the "MyRome" smartphone app, and an updated version of the city/county website have been positive steps to citizen engagement. Determined to ask tough questions and propose new ideas, Wendy has also distinguished herself as the city commissioner who is most responsive on social media to citizen concerns.
In 2020 Wendy was appointed the chair of the Redevelopment Committee, and she continues in that role this year, promoting bold actions to grow our city's economic base as we recover from the devastating global pandemic. In addition, Wendy will lead a special committee seeking innovative ideas to spark housing development. This year Wendy is returning as the city representative to the Sara Hightower Regional Library board and the Water and Sewer Committee where she previously served as chair for two years.
A longtime member of the Rome International Association, Wendy proudly led a delegation of students to Rome's sister-city of Kumamoto City, Japan in the summer of 2015. In addition, she has been a leader in planning and hosting student visits to Rome from Japan in 2014, 2017, and 2019.
For six years she was the city representative to the Floyd County Board of Health. In 2019, Wendy served on the city's Finance Committee. For two years, Wendy was chair of the Community Development Committee and a member of the Public Works, Traffic and Transit Committee.
Determined to take advantage of the learning opportunities provided by the Georgia Municipal Association and from interaction with city leaders from across the state, Wendy has earned the "Certificate of Recognition" and the "Certificate of Achievement" for more than 72 hours of training in a wide variety of topics from economic development to citizen engagement to neighborhood revitalization.
In 2020 Wendy represented Rome on the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission and the Rome/Floyd County Planning Commission. In addition, Wendy returned to the Alcohol Control Commission which she previously chaired.
In 2018, Wendy served on the Solid Waste Committee and was returned to the Water and Sewer Committee. In 2016 Wendy was appointed to serve on the Joint Development Oversight Committee and the Clean Community Board. Before that, Wendy served two years as a member of the General Administration Committee and the Transportation Policy Committee and one year as a member of the Public Safety Committee.
A 1987 graduate of Berry College, Wendy has spent thirty years fostering civic engagement as a political strategist. Since 2010 she has produced telephone town hall events for VocalFi, helping clients across North America have interactive conversations with thousands of people simultaneously.
In addition, Wendy has been an active participant in a broad range of local community activities, including the successful effort to bring minor league baseball to Rome. She lives off Cedar Avenue in east Rome with her chihuahua, Beau.