Rocky Mount Revitalization
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.
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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.
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.
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.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened."
Stray four-legged friends in Rocky Mount have an even better chance at being adopted thanks to the renovations at the new Animal Shelter on Church Street.
Want to adopt a new family member? Wonder what to do if you encounter a stray dog or feral cat? We've got the answers and information you need.
10,000 jobs statewide.
When you look at that figure, don’t merely see a set of statistics.
Think of the men, women and
families involved. Think of the economic impact on cities and towns throughout North Carolina.
Think of the transformation of downtowns and revitalization of historic downtown buildings.
Think of it as $300 million in annual wages, representing a $1.2 billion economic impact.
It's great to be one of the first, and it's even better when this means more opportunities for economic development and fighting unemployment in Rocky Mount, NC. Rocky Mount was recently named a Gig City, which means it boasts some of the fastest internet speeds in the state.
In March, all eyes were on Rocky Mount with the news that the city was hosting the 2016 Metro Mayor’s Conference. It was held at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, and highlights included a tour of Rocky Mount and beer tasting at the Koi Pond brewery.
Many attendees expressed their enthusiasm for the economic development throughout Rocky Mount, according to an article in the Rocky Mount Telegram. Read more on the inspiration that occurred during this conference.
Rocky Mount, NC has taken a bite out of crime; for the second year, the crime rate has dropped 15 to 16 percent. How did the city do it? It's a combination of revitalization, community policing, extensive training and partnering with citizens. “This report is a testament to the ongoing, outstanding work of Rocky Mount Police Department personnel,” Police Chief James Moore said
What’s there to love about Rocky Mount? A lot! From the amazing downtown architecture to the Imperial Center, we've counted down the top ten things we love about Rocky Mount. (We confess: It was difficult to limit our list to only ten.) Are any of your favorites on our list?