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What’s Next for Downtown Development?

Decorative banners downtown announce the CHARM of the Rocky Mount area--- CHARM in this case stands for Central, Historic, Arts, Rocky Mount.  Many longtime residents recall a time when the downtown area was so busy, it was difficult to find a place to park. Today, Rocky Mount is undergoing a renaissance, complete with jazzy tunes dancing on the air from the Prime Smokehouse barbecue restaurant and new businesses making their homes in the renovated Douglas Block.

By the Numbers: Statistics on Rocky Mount, NC

How many hotel rooms does Rocky Mount? If you live in the city limits of Rocky Mount, do you pay more than the median monthly rent? Do you work at one of the top 5 employers? Find out more in this informative infographic.

How the Buck Leonard Association Helps Area Youth

The crack of a baseball bat. The smell of fresh-cut crash. Cheers bursting from the dugout. Kicking up dust while sliding into home base.  These sights and sounds represent something much larger than "America's National Pastime." For area youth, these images represent a connection with the past that gives them a brighter future.

Baseball is also a Rocky Mount tradition; one of the sport’s most celebrated athletes has deep roots in Eastern North Carolina. Baseball great Buck Leonard – often called the "black Lou Gehrig" -- was born in Rocky Mount. Most noted for playing for the Homestead Grays, Leonard was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

How Does CompStat Help Rocky Mount Police Reduce Crime?

CompStat stands for COMPuter STATistics. Crime statistics are collected and mapped. Officers are able to have accurate, timely intelligence that helps them rapidly deploy as needed. Each officer can follow up and assess the safety and security of his or her “beat.”It's used by police departments across the country as one of several crime reduction initiatives. New York City is just one of the many success stories.

In 1993, New York City had 1,946 murders. The system was implemented in 1994. In 2015, the murder rate was down to 352. CompStat works effectively hand-in-hand with other programs to make communities safer and less dangerous.

CSX Expansion Will Bring Jobs to Rocky Mount

The Rocky Mount area has been selected as the location for the CSX railroad Carolina Connector intermodal terminal. It will battle local unemployment by providing up to 300 construction jobs and 300 permanent terminal jobs in Rocky Mount. Statewide, the project will provide roughly 1,500 jobs.

Beyond the soothing, familiar rattle of the train rolling through downtown is a piece of history. The railroads are closely intertwined with Rocky Mount’s development, dating back to 1845, when the Wilmington-Weldon Railroad became the main hub through the city. Now, a new era is dawning as a part of the railroad’s legacy.

Three Things You Can Learn from the Rocky Mount Citizens' Police Academy

Learn how Rocky Mount citizens get an in-depth look at the inner workings of the Rocky Mount Police Department. The 
Citizen's Police Academy offers behind-the-scenes work and community partnerships that are one of the reasons that crime in Rocky Mount is at a 37-year low.

How Community Oriented Policing is Fighting Crime in Rocky Mount

The first Tuesday in August, there was a dance-off at Cokey Apartments. This was not your typical dance-off. While the residents' children demonstrated their skills, the Rocky Mount Police Department also got into the groove. This is how the Rocky Mount Police Department and the community are fighting crime together.

What's Cooking in Rocky Mount? Some of the City's Savory Soul Food

African-Americans have made incredible contributions to the area's cuisine. Barbecue is not the only one, but it is often the one that steals the spotlight. Eastern North Carolina barbecue---like that featured in Rocky Mount—is closer to the original origins of the dish.

New Emergency Dispatch Academy at Nash Community College

Nash College curriculum prepares students for much more than the job market; it prepares them to help save lives. How can Nash College help you?

Nash Community College recently announced its first graduating class of its Emergency Dispatch Academy---the first of its kind in North Carolina.

Four of the six graduates have already started their career with Nash County Emergency Services.

Crime Reduction Initiatives in Rocky Mount, NC

You can’t argue with results.

Over the past three years, there has been a steady decrease in Rocky Mount’s crime rate, a perfect example of what can happen when new city initiatives help with fighting crime.

 

The Rocky Mount Police Department (RMPD) has implemented several strategies, including ShotSpotter, Green Dot, Focused Deterrence Violent Crime Reduction Call-in and others.

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