Rome gained its reputation as the Copper City during the Industrial Revolution when the city produced an estimated 10 percent of all copper in the United States. Once a thriving industrial city, Rome has transformed itself to a City charging toward the 21st century focusing on the next generation of cybersecurity initiatives, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) testing and research, in conjunction with the world renowned Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) located at the former Griffiss Air Force Base home to over 5000 employees amid a mix of high technology, Department of Defense facilities and light industrial businesses.

 

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