Economic Growth

Economic growth in Rocky Mount, NC is important to creating jobs, increasing incomes and generating business to keep residents from suffering from dangerous poverty and crime levels.

Three Signs of a Bright Future for Rocky Mount

Happy 150th birthday Rocky Mount!

From its humble beginnings as a “rocky mound” to earning a “Best Main Street in the Making” honor, Rocky Mount has blossomed over the last century and a half, creating a great environment to live, work and raise a family. Read more about the remarkable strides the city has taken, from lowering the Rocky Mount crime rate to fighting unemployment. 

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Craft Breweries Bring Employment Opportunities to Rocky Mount

The Rocky Mount Brewmill at Rocky Mount Mills provides mentoring and innovation for those seeking to establish a craft brewery. 

Craft breweries are big business in North Carolina. According to the Rocky Mount Telegram, breweries support 10,000 jobs across the state, representing a $1.2 billion. industry. Find out what this means for job creation in Rocky Mount.

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Rocky Mount Resources to Help You Start a Business

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. For millions of Americans, it is the most difficult—and most rewarding---experience of their careers. If small business owners want their startups to succeed, they’ll face a daunting set of challenges. In fact, 8 out of 10 new businesses will fail within the first 18 months.

Owning a business is a hard, but it means much more than merely having a job. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and in Rocky Mount, they’re thriving in the newly-renovated downtown area. If you’re interested in starting a business, there are several local resources that can help...


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Rocky Mount State of the City 2017 {VIDEO}

UPDATED: Rocky Mount, NC - State of the City Address in 2017

Rocky Mount State of the City, 2014

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Rocky Mount's New Animal Shelter

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened."
---Anatole France

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.


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5 Ways Rocky Mount Mills Fights Unemployment

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.

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