March 2020 Newsletter
The Econ Dev Report
What's Happening in our Community
Our newsletter will keep you up-to-date on all economic development news in Edgecombe County, City of Rocky Mount, Town of Tarboro, and Town of Nashville! From upcoming events, local business stories, site and building development, project updates; there is something for everyone.
Helpful Resources
Like you, we're closely monitoring the quickly developing effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In response to this Coronavirus pandemic, we have compiled a list of resources below for our audience in the efforts to help support our clients and community as needed.
North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery for Small Businesses
In response to the unique economic challenges of COVID-19, a consortium of public, private, and nonprofit partners have come together and launched an innovative recovery-lending program to help support entrepreneurs like you and stabilize North Carolina’s small business sector.

The North Carolina COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending program supports North Carolina small businesses and family farms as they recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. This rapid recovery loan helps small businesses bridge the gap between when crisis strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other relief funds are approved, or businesses have time to recover.

NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery loans are not designed to be a singular source of assistance for small businesses. Repayment is expected either from more permanent funding sources or from the future cash flow of the business.

IEDC Restore Your Economy
RestoreYourEconomy is your resource for up-to-date information related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts. It is managed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) with generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners program.

Look to this site - developed and managed by IEDC with generous support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration - for the news and resources your economic development organization (or partner organization) needs. IEDC's Economic Development Research Partners program also has committed funding to ensure that RestoreYourEconomy continues to provide up-to-date information and resources related to COVID-19 and its economic impacts.

EDPNC’s COVID-19 Business Relief Resources
Has your NC business been affected by COVID-19? 

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) has compiled a list of statewide business relief resources to help.

For more information about COVD-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at or NC Department of Health and Human Services at
Local Business Spotlight
The Prime Smokehouse
The Prime Smokehouse is the premiere destination in eastern North Carolina for those seeking good food especially good barbecue, soul food and southern cuisine and great entertainment. Each weekend, patrons in this crucible of jazz and blues history, are treated to local, regional and national touring musicians and entertainers in addition to good food.

Ed Wiley III and wife Yalem Kiros, the restaurant’s owners, had been restaurateurs in the Research Triangle area before relocating their business to downtown Rocky Mount in 2013.

The restaurant is ranked as the best one in the City of Rocky Mount on the travel-centric TripAdvisor website. Rocky Mount’s No. 1 restaurant is going to be shifting from their current downtown location to slightly more than a mile to the northwest to the Rocky Mount Mills.

Office Relocation Update
Soon we will be moving our office to Station Square in downtown Rocky Mount.

Our future location’s southeast side will face the railroad line through the heart of Rocky Mount. It will provide a view of the adjacent Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station, which also is the home of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

We will be operational in our new location by May 1, 2020.
Above are pictures taken of the current up-fit construction of our new office.
Available Sites & Buildings
Aerial photo of the project-ready 1,600 acre Kingsboro Business Park in Edgecombe County, NC
(Site available now with Natural Gas, Water, Sewer, Electric)
Do you have a property you would like listed on our sites and buildings database? Give us a call at (252) 442-0114 or email us at  to discuss how we can help market your property.
Newsworthy Projects
Armorock Announcement
From left to right: Leonard Wiggins (Chairman of the Edgecombe Board of County Commissioners), Vince Bussio (President of Armorock), Anthony M. Copeland (Secretary of Commerce), Sandy Roberson (Mayor of the City of Rocky Mount), Norris Tolson (CEO & President of Carolina Gateway Partnership)
We were excited to announce, on February 17, 2020, the World’s Largest Producer of Polymer Concrete, Armorock, is investing $6.6 million and creating 55 new jobs in Edgecombe County! North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, Anthony Copeland, joined us to celebrate this great job and investment announcement in Battleboro, NC at their new facility.

North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, said "“Armorock is the latest example of a global manufacturer choosing North Carolina because it is the right fit for their business. North Carolina wins jobs based on a number of reasons, but most important is the strong workforce to support business growth.”

To learn more about Armorock, visit their website by clicking here.

To read the full press release from NC Department of Commerce, click here.
NC DMV Moving to Rocky Mount
The Carolinas Gateway Partnership and the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce are excited that Rocky Mount has been selected as the new location for the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles headquarters!

The entrances to the future NC DMV headquarters on Church Street are ribboned off from public entry because crews are inside up-fitting buildings on the property, more commonly known locally as the former Hardee’s corporate headquarters complex. The division is planning to relocate by Summer 2020.

To learn more about NC DMV,  click here.

To read more about their move progress and updates, click here.
CSX Carolina Connector Intermodal
Aerial photo of the CSX Carolina Connector (CCX) in Rocky Mount, NC

Construction of the CSX Carolina Connector (CCX) is well underway here in Rocky Mount, North
Carolina.The Carolina Connector terminal will feature three wide-span, zero emission electric cranes with an annual lift capacity of 100,000 containers.

CSX is one of North America’s seven Class I railroads, with a transportation network spanning 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia. The CSX network connects more than 230 short line and regional railroads and more than 70 ocean, river, and lake ports.

The Carolina Connector will provide a logistics gateway to all of the Eastern United States markets!

To learn more about the CSX Carolina Connector, click here.
Aerial photo of the Corning facility located in Edgecombe County, NC

Corning Incorporated is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 165 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics to develop products and processes that have transformed industries and enhanced people’s lives.

Their new warehouse in Edgecombe County is expected to be operational in the first half of 2020. The current state of the construction of their warehouse is shown in the picture.

To learn more about Corning, click here.
Tarboro Commerce Center Shell Building
Construction is underway with the Tarboro Commerce Center Shell Building being built in the Tarboro Commerce Center with a completion date in August 2020.

The Tarboro Commerce Center Shell Building is a 65,000 sq ft shell building, expandable to 120,000 sq ft, located along HWY 64 (future I-87) at the Tarboro Commerce Center, which also houses Keihin and Piedmont Natural Gas. It is also in close proximity to Edgecombe Community College which can provide your company a Customized Training Program to meet your workforce needs.

To access additional marketing information on the Tarboro Commerce Center Shell Building,  click here.

To learn more about the Tarboro Commerce Center, please contact Oppie Jordan
or call 252-442-6224.
Workforce Development
RAMP EAST - Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline for Eastern NC
RAMP East, Regional Advanced Manufacturing Pipeline for Eastern NC, is a regional workforce development partnership designed to connect job seekers to the necessary training and resources to be ready for the current jobs available in the region and the new jobs that will coming in the next 18 to 24 months.

This regional partnership is made up of economic development organizations, workforce development boards, community colleges, state and local government agencies, and community-based organizations.

We are building your workforce now!

Interested in getting involved?
Thank you to our Partners & Investors!
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