Confluence Rome Returns to Northwest Georgia

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ROME, GA. — April 12, 2016– The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of its two-day innovation conference in the heart of downtown Rome: Confluence. This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, April 14th and Friday, April 15th 2016 at the Historic DeSoto Theatre, 530 Broad Street.

Confluence is a two-day conference of inspiration, inspiration and motivation for business leaders, technologists, educators, entrepreneurs, students and artists. Confluence promises to provide the latest trends in innovation and technology, as presented by locally-, regionally- and nationally-recognized leaders.

Presentations at Confluence include speakers that have been recognized by multiple national media sources, as well as local and regional innovations and inventors that positively impact our society and inventions that will change the world.

“This year, we have a wonderful lineup of speakers that is sure to motivate and enlighten our audience on a variety of topics,” said Mr. Devine. “I am particularly pleased to announce our keynote speakers: Dr. Robert T. McNally, Sarah Hays Coomer and Cordell Carter, II. With Zika in the news recently, I believe Dr. McNally’s discussion of developments for a vaccine will be of particular interest. Ms. Coomer is sure to motivate us all as she leads us on a discovery of how health, wellness and creativity are interlinked. And as a fellow software developer myself, I believe Mr. Carter’s talk on ‘Coding as the Language of Empowerment in the Digital Age” will really resonate the recent educational developments being made here in Rome and Floyd County as we look toward the future of computer science.”

The 2016 keynote speakers are:

  • Dr. Robert T. McNally — Dr. McNally is the CEO and President of Geovax Labs and serves on the advisory board of Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Dupree College of Management at Georgia Institute of Technology. Additionally, he has over 35 years of experience in academic and corporate clinical investigations, management, research, business, quality and regulatory affairs. Dr. McNally will be discussing the innovation and thought that goes into designing vaccinations for viruses like Zika, HIV and Ebola.
  • Cordell Carter, II — Mr. Carter serves as CEO of TechTown Foundation, Inc., an operator of technology and arts education centers designed to level the playing field for young innovators through access to state of the art technology, training in 21st century skills and career awareness. Mr. Carter was recently named one of nine White House Champion of Change for Computer Science Education. Mr. Carter will be speaking about how coding is the language of empowerment in the digital age.
  • Sarah Hays Coomer — Ms. Hays Coomer is a writer, wellness consultant and self-proclaimed “diet abolitionist.” Certified as a Personal Trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Ms. Hays Coomer has dedicated her life to strengthening outside in. Additionally, Ms. Hays Coomer is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Pre/Postnatal Fitness Specialist with the American Fitness Professionals Association.

“Confluence is a result of the Chamber’s Rome-Floyd 20/20 Strategic Community and Economic Plan,” explained Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect and Vice Chair of Membership and Communications John Quinlivan, of Redmond Regional Medical Center. “The Future Industries Initiative implemented this conference to encourage and inspire our local inventors, creators, doers and makers. The program known formerly as Spectrum of Technology and SpecTechRome was re-imagined as Confluence in 2013 to represent the flow and merging of ideas year after year, much like how Rome’s Oostanaula and Etowah rivers flow together and merge to become the mighty Coosa River.” Mr. Quinlivan noted that 2016 Confluence Chairman Steve Devine, of Enived Tech, coined the conference’s name, “Confluence.”

Tickets can be purchased through the event website at
Sponsorships are also available.

About the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce:
Established in 1910, the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce works to promote prosperity and foster business opportunities in Rome and Floyd County, Georgia, for and through its membership. The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce is the unified economic development marketing entity that works on behalf of the City of Rome, Floyd County Government, the Development Authority of Floyd County, and the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority. The Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce is located at 1 Riverside Parkway in Rome, Georgia.

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