January 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.
Community Events
Duck Thru Food Stores
The Tarboro Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce showcased the Duck Thru in Pinetops, NC on January 21st with a ribbon cutting ceremony! Duck Thru made a donation to the Town of Pinetops Fire Department for their help when installing the fuel tanks.

Have an upcoming event you would like featured in our newsletter? Give us a call at
(252) 442-0114 or email us at  info@econdev.org  to have your event featured.
Local Business Spotlight
Trax Coffee Bar
In 2018, Trax Coffee Bar opened in downtown Rocky Mount, NC in Station Square. Under new ownership with Marcus Anderson, exciting things will be happening soon at Trax Coffee Bar.

On January 30 at 4pm, the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 301 S. Church St. Rocky Mount, NC. There will also be a live performance from the new owner, Marcus Anderson!

Available Sites & Buildings
Aerial photo of the Kingsboro Mega Site in Edgecombe County, NC
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  info@econdev.org  to discuss how we can help market your property.
Newsworthy Projects
Sara Lee Frozen Bakery Announcement
From left to right: Joe W. Pitt (Mayor of Tarboro, NC), Anthony M. Copeland (Secretary of Commerce), Craig Bahner (CEO of Sara Lee Frozen Bakery), Roy Cooper (NC Governor), Carson Funderburk (Chief Supply Chain Officer of Sara Lee Frozen Bakery), Norris Tolson (CEO & President of Carolina Gateway Partnership), Ryan Lippert (Sara Lee Frozen Bakery Manager)
We’re excited to announce Sara Lee Frozen Bakery in Tarboro, NC investing $19.8 million and creating 108 new jobs with their expansion! North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper joined us to celebrate this great job and investment announcement in Tarboro on January 13, 2020 at Sara Lee Frozen Bakery's facility.

To learn more about Sara Lee Frozen Bakery, visit their website by clicking here.

To read the full press release from NC Commerce, click here.
From left to right: Donald C. Boswell (District 6), William "Billy" Wooten (District 4), Craig Bahner (CEO of Sara Lee Frozen Bakery), Roy Cooper (NC Governor), Viola Harris (District 2), Carson Funderburk (Chief Supply Chain Officer of Sara Lee Frozen Bakery), Oppie Jordan (Vice President of Carolinas Gateway Partnership), Ralph Webb (District 5)
NC DMV Moving to Rocky Mount
We have new family members in Rocky Mount with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles!

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 NC Division of Motor Vehicles headquarters. The division is planning to relocate by Summer 2020.

To learn more about NC DMV,  click here.
CSX Carolina Connector
Aerial photo of the CSX Carolina Connector (CCX) in Rocky Mount, NC

We are excited that the 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.

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.

We are excited that 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
We are thrilled at the volume of companies interested in the Tarboro Commerce Shell Building being built in the Tarboro Commerce Center.

The Tarboro Commerce Shell Building is 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.
West Nashville Commerce Park
The Cooke Road Site is a multi-acre site is approximately less than five minutes from future Interstate 87/US Highway 64 via two interchanges. Being located on the western side of Nashville allows the opportunity for direct connections to and from the Raleigh/Triangle region.

In addition to the West Nashville Commerce Center, this area features smaller sized spec buildings anywhere from 5,000-20,000 sf.

To learn more about the West Nashville Commerce Park, please contact Brad Hufford
or call (252) 442-0198.
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. Stay tuned for more information!

Pictured above is Halifax Community College's 2 nd cohort of the RAMP East Advanced Manufacturing Institute where students successfully completed their programs that ended with interviews with industry partners!
Interested in getting involved?
Thank you to our Partners & Investors!
Click  here  to view a list of all our amazing investors!
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