Rocky Mount NC – Council looks to move along with event center plans

The Political Agitator Response: This looks like it is going to be a good meeting moving Rocky Mount forward. Can’t wait to see who will show up in opposition to what the city is trying to do.

Rocky Mount council members are scheduled to begin Thanksgiving week with talk about the proposed downtown event center among other topics at their Monday afternoon meetings.

At the 2 p.m. Committee of the Whole meeting, City Manager Charles Penny said staff will update officials on the progress of the project as well as discuss related items scheduled for action during the 4 p.m. meeting. City staff has been doing due diligence and behind-the-scenes work on the proposed center leading to the recommended approval of designating the project as a design-build project instead of a design, bid, build project. (Source: Read more)

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Rocky Mount NC: Pipeline on tap for city – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount officials will hear from Dominion North Carolina Power representatives Tuesday about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which tentatively includes a 30 mile stretch through Nash County.

A special Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to discuss the proposed 550-mile long natural gas pipeline between West Virginia and Robeson County, N.C. If approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the $4.5 billion venture is expected to create 738 jobs in North Carolina during construction – scheduled for 2017 and 2018 – and 52 permanent jobs.

Officials said the final route of the pipeline has not been selected but Dominion is conducting surveys of properties – including 93 percent of the proposed 242 Nash County properties. Once the surveys are complete, Dominion will consider landowner input along with an assessment of environmental, historic and cultural impacts of the pipeline.

At the 7 p.m. council meeting, a local resident will be recognized for his heroic acts on Sept. 6 in saving the life of a driver whose car had become submerged in a creek. (Source: Read more)

City moves ahead with event center plans – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: I am so glad to see the Rocky Mount City Council moving forward to make the event center happen. Edgecombe County could of had ECU and some other things but because of the powers that be they wanted to keep Edgecombe County right where it is. But this council, they have been and continue to do some great things.

Rocky Mount Councilman Reuben Blackwell led the charge forward Monday on the proposed downtown event center as he made a motion to support the project – a motion that was approved by the other council members.

“I’d like to move that the Rocky Mount Event Center is designated as an official project of the Rocky Mount City Council to transform downtown and to re-energize our local regional economy subject to acquiring appropriate tax-incentive based financing,” Blackwell said.

He also requested that city staff develop a management marketing and programming plan that would be brought back to the City Council by December. (Source: Read more)

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City leaders to discuss event center – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator response: I can’t wait to so how this discussion turns out but most of all can’t wait to read the ignant racist comments and other comments from black folks who support the ignant racist comments.

Rocky Mount officials have a full agenda planned for Monday afternoon’s Committee of the Whole meeting, which will include discussions about various economic development projects such as the proposed downtown event center.

The meeting will kick off at 2 p.m. with a presentation by ElectriCities Executive Director Graham Edwards about an agreement for Duke Energy to purchase the N.C Eastern Municipal Power Agency’s ownership in five electricity generating plants, which represent approximately 700 megawatts of capacity. If approved by the N.C. Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Duke would pay $1.2 billion for the ownership interest in the plants, fuel inventories and spare parts while entering into a 30-year wholesale power supply agreement to meet the needs of residents in 32 cities across Eastern North Carolina. Edwards will update officials about the progress of the acquisition. (Source: Read more)

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Will they come home to Rocky Mount? NC sees unprecedented rural decline

ROCKY MOUNT — Raymond Staton orders ice cream at 9 a.m. His brother has salad.

They are seated side by side on chrome stools in the Highway Diner, fresh from an eight-hour shift at the Firestone plant on the edge of the city, Raymond’s red company jacket slung over the back of his seat. Both are breakfast regulars at the diner, a gleaming art deco joint off U.S. 64.

The brothers, both on the younger side of middle age, have worked their way into the city’s dwindling industrial sector. They make some of the best money in town assembling tires. Their friends have done well, too, opening law offices and salons in a city that some have written off. (Source: Read more)

City staff told to seek funding, devise plan for event center – Rocky Mount Telegram

“I’m not against an event center, but all of the information we’ve gotten is that it ‘could or should’ do this, but there is no proof,” Bullock said. “… I just feel that we’ve overlooked private investments and if this is such a great economic opportunity, why haven’t entrepreneurs and investors already done something like it?”

W.B. what? If a business move to Rocky Mount they could make money and they could not.

I would think private investors could step to the plate if they wanted to however we know the reason why they have not.

Yep! They wanted to do it years ago but who was the majority then? Well we know there is a hidden factor but really not hidden just some folks are in denial.

Councilman W.B. Bullock was the only council member to vote against the motion to pursue funding, saying afterward that he feels now is not the time to plan an event center, adding the project would put other important concerns such as jobs and education on the back burner.

So W.B. you are saying the city staff and city council can’t do more than one thing at a time? I believe they can and they will.

City staff told to seek funding, devise plan for event center

Rocky Mount City Council members voted Monday night to authorize city staff to pursue funding for a proposed event center and prepare a plan for the center within 90 days.

Councilman W.B. Bullock was the only council member to vote against the motion to pursue funding, saying afterward that he feels now is not the time to plan an event center, adding the project would put other important concerns such as jobs and education on the back burner.

He said he feels there are too many unknowns associated with the event center plan.

“I’m not against an event center, but all of the information we’ve gotten is that it ‘could or should’ do this, but there is no proof,” Bullock said. “… I just feel that we’ve overlooked private investments and if this is such a great economic opportunity, why haven’t entrepreneurs and investors already done something like it?” (Source: Read more)

Council to discuss event center funding – The Rocky Mount Telegram

While an official decision on the proposed event center has not been scheduled, Rocky Mount City Council could vote Monday to move forward with plans for funding the more than $42 million project.

“I made a motion that was seconded in the past that we empower city staff to pursue funding for the event center with the latest New Market Tax Credits and EB-5 funding, so I expect that action along with discussion will take place at the meeting,” Councilman Reuben Blackwell said. “I certainly hope that the majority of the council feels this project is sound enough and fiscally feasible to begin to look seriously at our funding options for it.” (Source: Read more)

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