Regional Networking Initiative Debuts at Rocky Mount Mills
More than 50 NCEDA members and guests attended the organization’s Regional Networking Luncheon at Rocky Mount Mills on October 23. The historic 150-acre mixed-use re-development now includes a brewery incubator, retail establishment, several eateries, residences and a soon-to-open micro-hotel. Capitol Broadcasting Company is leading Rocky Mount Mills’ reinvention. “It changes how we talk about ourselves and how we promote,” said Evan Covington Chavez, development manager at Rocky Mount Mills. “The project shows that exciting things can happen outside the Triangle with the right vision and the right partnerships.”
In addition to lunch, a tour and networking time, attendees heard a panel of regional leaders discuss the project’s impact on education, entrepreneurial development and talent recruitment in the region. “It’s all about investment, it’s all about innovation and it’s all about economic development,” said panelist Jackie Deloach, community engagement leader at Cummins Inc., Rocky Mount’s largest private employer. Rocky Mount Mills has been an effective draw in employee recruitment and retention for Cummins, Deloach said. “We’re stakeholders in this, and we benefit from it. It’s been a win for us.”
The event, which had been re-scheduled from September due to Hurricane Florence, was the first of a new initiative for NCEDA to enhance membership engagement, regional outreach and professional development. Another regional luncheon will be planned for the spring.