Charles Penny: City makes strides in 2015 – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount’s positive attributes are being shared with people in and outside our city. In 2015, we saw many successes, and thankfully, you, our citizens, are sharing these victories on positive strides in the economy, transportation and improved housing, among others.

While there is much work to do, in 2015, steps were taken to strengthen the city’s economy. Crews worked to finish Edgecombe Community College’s Biotechnology and Simulation Center. Completed this week, the center will provide the necessary resources to train the next generation of health care workers. (Source: Read more)

(Rocky Mount NC) Price of proposed event center increases – Rocky Mount Telegram

Response: I wonder where that news came from about the 5 million dollars since the Committee of the Whole Meeting is not until tomorrow. Obviously someone leaked that information before the meeting tomorrow. Sure hope they find out and fire their arses. They could have let the presentation speak for itself.

The estimated price tag for a downtown event center has increased by $4.8 million over initial estimates in a draft report from the city’s financial adviser to Rocky Mount city staff.

In a prior report, the Chicago-based consulting firm AECOM Technical Services estimated the total costs for a 5,000-seat downtown event center would be $37.2 million.

But in a draft report submitted to city staff on March 12, the city’s financial adviser Davenport & Co. states that another $4.8 million would need to be spent on land, working capital, general contractor fees and contingency and project management costs.

Rocky Mount City Manager Charles Penny met with staff last week to discuss Davenport’s report, which outlined five different possible funding scenarios, including one that involved foreign investment in the project. (Source: Read more)

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Ignant Column: For Those Of You Who Read The Fighting Crime And Cleaning Up Rocky Mount NC Facebook Page

Several months ago I responded to a comment on the Fighting Crime And Cleaning Up Rocky Mount NC Facebook page and all I said was they are not connected to the local police departments and they ain’t doing anything that someone else can not do. Damn they blocked me so I can not comment. I chose to do politics and they choose to do crime and that is a good thing because I don’t have to do it and can read what they post but I will also follow up on what they post.

I just seen the following pop up posted by Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount NC, “You know we have been harping on the proposed event center – per the write up in the paper today the price went up about $5 million dollars. Sorry the story is locked so the citizens can’t read it. Ughhh what a conspiracy! Damn ain’t that nothing! Obviously Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount NC do not subscribe to the Rocky Mount Telegram like I do because I can read the article online and I receive the print edition as well. So my point is don’t be mad with them because you can’t read the article online, subscribe to the paper.

Okay about the article, I wonder where that news came from about the 5 million dollars since the Committee of the Whole Meeting is not until tomorrow. Obviously someone leaked that information before the meeting tommorrow. Sure hope they find out and fire their asses. They could have let the presentation speak for itself.

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Penny touts benefits of proposed event center – Rocky Mount Telegram

An event center is a critical component of the city’s downtown revitalization efforts and would provide an economic jolt to this area, City Manager Charles Penny said during the weekly meeting of the Rocky Mount Kiwanis Club on Thursday at Benvenue Country Club.

Penny told the crowd that an estimated 300,000 visitors to the center in its fifth year of operation would generate more than $12 million in spending in the local economy. He also said the center would create an estimated 400 jobs, he said.

“So the first goal is to create jobs. The second is to increase the tax base,” Penny said, noting that the goal is to raise downtown property values from the current $30 million to $150 million.

“We want to create sustainable economic growth for our downtown area – but not just for the downtown area, but for all of Rocky Mount,” he said. (Source: Read more)

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City taps Graves as new planning director – Rocky Mount Telegram

After 14 months in an interim role, Ken Graves was appointed this week to director of planning and development for the city of Rocky Mount.

“(Graves) has done an excellent job of leading the department as the interim director for more than a year,” City Manager Charles Penny said. “I am confident he will be an excellent director.” (More)

Announcement: Local group to sponsor community forum – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

The Frederick Douglass Foundation of Edgecombe County will sponsor a Community Forum from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Edgecombe Community College’s Tarboro campus. (More)

Response: I hate I can not make this because I really would like to learn more about this group. C. Dancy II – The Political Agitator

Penny an excellent choice for Rocky Mount–Source: Rocky Mount Telegram

It’s hard to imagine a better choice for Rocky Mount’s next era of city management than Charles Penny.

As assistant city manager for the past 15 years, Penny has been called on time and again to take on tough assignments related to law enforcement, downtown development and planning and zoning. (Read more)

Note: I totally agree with Jeff on this one. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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Penny named Rocky Mount city manager

In a closed meeting Thursday night, the Rocky Mount City Council unanimously selected Assistant City Manager Charles Penny as the replacement for City Manager Steve Raper, who will retire at the end of December. (Read more)

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Charles Penny Has Been Named The New Rocky Mount City Manager

Charles Penny Has Been Named The New Rocky Mount City Manager

Assistant City Manager Charles Penny will move the city of Rocky Mount forward as the new Rocky Mount City Manager. Penny has worked on numerous projects and most recently he has played a major role in the downtown redevelopment. With all that is going on in Rocky Mount and Nash and Edgecombe Counties that has ties to Rocky Mount, Penny is probably the best person for the job. Penny’s transition into his new role should keep the city on track without missing a beat.

Congratulations Mr. Penny and I look forward to seeing you take Rocky Mount to the next level.