Manager hired to run event center – Rocky Mount Telegram

image_thumb[1]A general manager has been named for the Downtown Event Center.

Marcus Murrell recently was hired by Sports Facilities Management with input from city officials. His annual salary is set at $105,000. He begins his duties Nov. 27.

Murrell will run the show at Rocky Mount’s multimillion-dollar facility, which is under construction.

The center is expected by city officials to be an indoor sports destination for the region and beyond. The unique facility not only will cater to sporting tournaments but also has the capacity to accommodate other events, including concerts and conventions.

Murrell brings more than 15 years of experience in the event industry to Rocky Mount, with his most recent duties being an operations director for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C., and the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Fla. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

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Rocky Mount Event Center: At the Center of a National Trend in Youth Sports, Generates $4.25 Million in Investment in 60 days – Markets Insider

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C., Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Background: The national boom in youth travel tournaments is part of a trend that seems to be heating up.  Rocky Mount North Carolina has long been a player in the travel sports marketplace, hosting more than 100,000 players and visitors annually at its outdoor sports complex.  However Rocky Mount has achieved a new level of attention related to its new 165,000 sq. ft. indoor sports and events center slated to open in the fall of 2018.  Dev Pathik, Founder and CEO of the firm that has partnered with Rocky Mount to craft this vision and to bring this new facility to life, said “Rocky Mount is ideally suited to host events. It is centrally located between Miami and NYC and is within a five-hour drive of more than 25% of the U.S. population.” (Markets Insider)

Rocky Mount NC – Homegoing Celebration For Rev. Antonia Lawrence ESQ

On behalf of the entire Lawrence family, we would like to thank each and every last one of you for the out pouring of love and support as we celebrate the transition of my Father from Labor to Reward. The arrangements will be as followed. The Celebration of Life for Rev Antonia Lawrence Esq. will take place on Monday December 19, 2017 at the New Morning Star Church of Christ in Rocky Mount, NC with Services starting at 12 Noon. The Wake will take place from 11-12 on that same day. We ask that you keep the entire family, community, and every single space in which he touched in prayer right now. He has touched and impacted many lives and we just ask that you keep us all in prayer. Please be in Prayer for my Family, our Church Faith Presbyterian Church Goldsboro, NC, and his Law Office. Each of these spaces will continue to function with the same excellence, faith, and integrity in which they were built upon. Thank you All.

Antonio Lawrence

CSX to host open house – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: This is going to be a great thing for Rocky Mount. This will be located right near where I work now.

Representatives from CSX are urging residents in the Twin Counties to come and find out more information about the Carolina Connector Intermodal Terminal.

An open house to share updates on the development of the transformational state-of-the-art terminal will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Imperial Centre.

Kristin Seay, CSX corporate communications manager, said the success of the project requires ongoing and close collaboration between CSX and the Rocky Mount community. The open house is an opportunity to help people understand the phases of the development process and what kinds of activities they can expect to see as well as what is taking place behind the scenes.

“Community members will have the opportunity to talk directly with CSX representatives about topics like terminal design, the development process, types of jobs at CSX and CSX’s community partnerships,” Seay said. “We value opportunities to get to know our neighbors in an informal setting where we can hear their thoughts and answer their questions.”

Announced in July, the $270 million infrastructure is planned to serve as a major transportation hub in the Southeast and a catalyst for substantial economic growth throughout the state. Seay said the estimated timeline is to begin construction of the terminal in mid-2018 and the target date to begin operations is December 2019.

“The CCX will be among the cleanest, most efficient terminals in the country equipped with the most advanced, sustainable technology and environmentally friendly equipment to reduce emissions, noise and light,” Seay said. “The terminal design will incorporate electric wide-span cranes that are almost silent, directional lighting that reduces light on the surrounding area at night, an automated gate system that enhances truck throughput and numerous other cutting-edge, energy-efficient technologies.” (Read more)

New owner, new plan for old Hardee’s headquarters in Rocky Mount

A pair of Raleigh-area investors have purchased the former Hardee’s Restaurants – and later Centura Bank and RBC Bank – headquarters campus in Rocky Mount with optimistic plans to turn it back into a jobs magnet for eastern North Carolina.

The 27-acre campus that’s next to the rail line that splits the town between two counties, has six separate buildings with a combined 206,000 square feet of office, flex and warehouse space, room to park 600 cars, plus a vacant three-acre lot for future expansion. (Triangle Business Journal)

Event center awaits funding – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: This will be great for Rocky Mount and surrounding areas. I totally agree with Tom Betts this just makes a whole of sense.

Even though officials are in a stall pattern awaiting news of funding for the proposed downtown community facility, residents continue to debate the merits of the estimated $32 million project.

“I am very much in favor of it,” said longtime city resident Tom Betts. “I was initially opposed to it, but when they changed the emphasis to athletics it made a whole lot of sense to me. It doesn’t take a genius to look at what has happened with the success of the Sports Complex and realize the intelligence of the project.”

Few residents question the wisdom of building the Sports Complex with its annual direct economic impact of more than $9 million, but Rocky Mount Mayor David Combs said before the city developed the complex, officials didn’t do even a fraction of the due diligence current staff is undertaking for the downtown community facility. (Rocky Mount Telegram)