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.

Rocky Mount, NC: Where Barbecue is a Tasty Tradition

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In North Carolina, it’s not polite to discuss the following subjects : politics, your favorite shade of basketball blue and barbecue. If you do have the courage to approach these subjects, be ready for a fierce debate—particularly concerning the Eastern vs. Western North Carolina barbecue. The debate may never be settled, but residents of Rocky Mount, NC recently got to sample some of the best pork in the BBQ biz at the Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down.

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How Rocky Mount Lowered Public Utilities Bills

The Rocky Mount City Council officially approved the reduced electric rates resulting from the Duke Energy Progress asset sale.  Rocky Mount Public Utilities customers saw a reduction of roughly 3.18 cents per kilowatt-hour. 

But how did the city get there? Why was this issue with public utilities vital for economic development? Learn the story behind the story.

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Volunteerism in Rocky Mount, NC: Good for Revitalization and Good for You!

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The community isn't the only one that benefits from the work of volunteers. Recent studies indicate that charity work can also be good for you. Researchers found that those who volunteer not only live longer, but they have lower blood pressure and stress levels. What impact do volunteers have on cities and towns? They can help fight poverty and lead revitalization efforts.

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Ways to Beat the Heat in Rocky Mount, NC

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Hang on. The summer’s almost over. Don’t misunderstand: we love summer. The June – August months mean time to spend with family, a break from school, and wonderful activities such as the downtown concerts and movies on the lawn. Rocky Mount excels in a lot of things, including the July – August heat.  Sometimes the August heat even lingers until mid-September, so we’ve got a list of some things that can help you beat the heat in Rocky Mount.

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Update on Historic Tax Credits

Several months ago, Gov. Pat McCrory visited Rocky Mount, NC to help promote reinstatement of the historic preservation tax credit bill. Rocky Mount was just one of several cities across NC that benefited from the bill before it expired this year. The bill passed the NC House and headed to the Senate, where initial reports on the progress of the tax credit bill have received mixed reviews. 

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Revitalization: A Key to Reducing Crime and Making Cities Less Dangerous

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What does landscaping have to do with crime reduction? Quite a lot actually, especially if you’re examining urban development and downtown revitalization.

Rocky Mount, NC is one of several cities across the country that has made great strides with downtown development, and studies show that revitalization isn’t just good for the economy. It also helps make cities safer and less dangerous.

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Local Job Fair in Rocky Mount, NC Can Help Lower Unemployment, Stop Poverty

Nash Community College will offer an opportunity for local job seekers to put their best foot forward  with an April job fair at the campus Business and Industry Center. According to information from Nash Community College, more than 60 local employers are scheduled to attend.  Both full-and-part time jobs are available.

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Restoring Tax Credits = Revitalization for Businesses and Housing in Rocky Mount, NC

Could Rocky Mount become the next “wine country” stop off the interstate? Well, maybe not “wine country,” but could Rocky Mount become a future hotspot for microbreweries, craft ales and beer gardens?  NC Governor Pat McCrory said he could picture these possibilities.

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Rocky Mount, NC: Fighting Poverty With Local Food Projects


Rocky Mount is now among 26 other communities chosen by the Obama administration toparticipate in the Local Foods, Local Places economic development project. Rocky Mount was one of 316 applicants from 19 states selected. As a part of the federal initiative, Rocky Mount will receive technical support in integrating local food systems into community economic action plans. This means experts will work with Rocky Mount to develop local food projects that increase access to healthy food choices and support the creation of ag-related businesses and jobs.

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Buying Local: Spruce Up Your Housing with Furniture Sales in Rocky Mount, NC

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In 1900, the world was very different: Hawaii was just annexed by the United States, the Zeppelin airship had taken its first flight, and Grand Rapids hosted the first nighttime baseball league game. But not everything changes. Through the decades, a downtown Rocky Mount institution has remained in business for 115 years, and in the following weeks, will make quite a splash.

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