Rocky Mount Revitalization

Rocky Mount revitalization starts with the people! Downtown has attracted many smart, young professionals who are building businesses, growing the economy, providing jobs and reducing crime.

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.

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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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Gig City: Rocky Mount and Suddenlink Offer Stellar Internet Speed

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.

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News from the NC Metro Mayor’s Conference in Rocky Mount

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.

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Great News! Crime in Rocky Mount, NC is at 37-year Low

Rocky Mount, NC Lowers Crime

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

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The Top Ten Things We Love About Rocky Mount, NC

 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?

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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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