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.

How Railroads Helped Rocky Mount’s Development

Railroads and Rocky MountThe railroad industry played a vital role in the city’s development, and this, in turn, aided the advancement of Eastern North Carolina. The Wilmington and Weldon railroad helped fight unemployment in Rocky Mount. But what does a bottle of "Old Nash" and Rocky Mount Mills have to do with the railroad in Rocky Mount. Here's the scoop.

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New Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center Opens Downtown

Rocky Mount biotechnology center

A $9.8 million state-of-the-art facility will give health science students a high-tech view into the medical profession. Edgecombe Community College's Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center recently opened its doors. The facility is located on the college's Rocky Mount campus, located downtown. We give you all the details here.

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Updates on Rocky Mount Mills

“Making craft beer is an economic development tool for eastern North Carolina. I think this project has the potential to put Rocky Mount on the map for manufacturing again, as well as make it a bona fide tourism destination."

This quote summarizes the hopes and dreams of developers as they continue to develop the beautiful Rocky Mount Mills. How are they progressing? Find out...

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Historic Facts & Famous People You May Not Know About

Facts About Rocky Mount NC

What do President Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr and Jack Kerouac have in common? All of them have a place in Rocky Mount, NC history. The comforting rattle of the train beckons young and old alike to close their eyes and remember the past in order to embrace a brighter future. Are you aware of some of these lesser-known Rocky Mount facts? 

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Loft Renovation in Downtown Rocky Mount

Forget the nice two-bedroom house in the suburbs with the white picket fence and the two-car garage. Now, the latest trend is that young professionals aren't headed toward suburbia--they're going downtown, where urban lofts and renovated apartments are the dwellings of choice.  Downtown Rocky Mount is also embracing this trend toward urban living. Take a look at what's available in the renovated downtown area, and find out how to put your name on the waiting list.

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Reducing Crime & Poverty: How Rocky Mount’s Downtown Revitalization Helps

Downtown Revitalization Rocky Mount NC

Downtown Rocky Mount is getting a lot of attention. The restoration of the historic area has not only assisted officials in lowering the crime rate, but it has also dawn attention of organizations such as the UNC School of Government and development experts from across the state. See who called the redevelopment of Douglas Block "one of Rocky Mount's most successful initiatives," in this article that takes a closer look at how Rocky Mount is revitalizing its community. 

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Rocky Mount, NC: Where Barbecue is a Tasty Tradition

Barbcue is dangerously good in rock mount

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!

ways to volunteer in Rocky Mount NC

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

Beat the heat in Rocky Mount

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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