Governments of Floyd County and City of Rome, GA

Employee Spotlight Series - Artagus "Art" Newell


By Kristi Kent

Artagus Newell

Meet Artagus “Art” Newell, Rome-Floyd Planning Director

We are starting a new Employee Highlight Series to help citizens get to know the city employees who serve and the work they do behind the scenes. Since today is #NationalBowTieDay (that special day each year when the bow tie reigns supreme!) we thought it would be perfect to highlight one of our favorite bow tie wearers, Planning Director, Art Newell.

What do you enjoy most about your job at the City? 

I really enjoy getting to talk to people. Those who’ve met me know I’m a talker! I think the face-to-face interaction with citizens gives both citizens and employees a really good insight on how we operate and how we can assist better and more efficiently in a citizen-friendly way! By having interactions with one another, you really get a great sense of what’s happening in the community, how we can all benefit and be a part!

What is something you do in your job that people may not know is part of your job?  

We’re a joint department, so we work in close conjunction with Jamie and Gary and the Floyd County Commission on county matters. Additionally, Cave Spring is included in such planning processes as the comprehensive plan and service delivery strategy. People are probably most familiar with the zoning aspects of the planning department, but we also work closely with the Rome Transit Department, Georgia Department of Transportation, and Federal Highway Administration, as part of our designation as a Metropolitan Planning Organization.

What are your favorite ways to spend your free time?

I love to travel. I have family and friends across the globe and I try to visit them as much as possible. I’ve been tremendously blessed to have seen some truly amazing places that I only dreamed of one day being able to see since I was a kid. Roller coasters and amusement parks are my thing!

 What do you love most about living in Rome? 

There’s a strong sense of community.  So many people have the best interests of Rome and Floyd County at heart, and I'm glad to be a part!

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