Council to recognize downtown successes


Staff Writer

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to recognize the city's Main Street status among other actions Monday afternoon.

A presentation of the 2017 National Main Street Center and N.C. Main Street Award recognizing the city of Rocky Mount Main Street Program as a Main Street America Accredited Program will be made by the council to the Central City Revitalization Panel and city staff.

Since 1980, the N.C. Main Street program has generated $2.5 billion in private and public investment. More than 22,400 cumulative net new full-time and part-time jobs and 5,500 new businesses have been created in North Carolina Main Street districts since the program’s inception. More information about the N.C. Main Street and Rural Planning Center and its programs is available online at nccommerce.com/MainStreet.

The council is also set to present the 2017 N.C. Main Street Center “Main Street Champion” Award to Stepheny Houghtlin for dedicated support of downtown revitalization efforts. Main Street Champions are people who have gone the extra mile in working to make their downtown successful.

Houghtlin blogs about downtown Rocky Mount at https://mainstreetrockymount.com/tag/main-street-rocky-mount/, where she said, “Rocky Mount is a community rich in history and with a vast architectural inventory.”

The council will also receive petitions from the public limited to three minutes in duration. 

The council is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. in the George W. Dudley City Council Chamber of the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building in downtown Rocky Mount.