Over the past 20 years, North Carolina has transitioned from a traditional economy based on tobacco, furniture and textiles to a global economy that is driven by knowledge-based enterprises, including advanced manufacturing, software and information technology, bio-pharmaceuticals and financial services. The Rocky Mount area continues to attract many of these new and technologically advanced industries. However, older, established industries, including textiles and agriculture, continue to thrive in the area. Agriculture contributes greatly to the area's economy, especially tobacco. The area is also a top producer of cucumbers, sweet potatoes, poultry, peanuts, cotton and hogs.
Financial institutions have also become a vital part of North Carolina, specifically the Rocky Mount area. Seven financial institutions have offices in the area. This also makes the area attractive to business and industry.
Industrial Composition - Rocky Mount MSA
Source: Quarterly Census Employment & Wages (QCEW), North Carolina Employment Security Commission
Largest Employers - Rocky Mount MSA
Source: QCEW Largest Employers, North Carolina Employment Security Commission
Most Recent Information - Nash County
Most Recent Information - Edgecombe County
The City works with several groups, including Carolinas Gateway Partnership, Golden Leaf Foundation, and the North Carolina Rural Center, to secure incentive funding for businesses interested in locating operations in Rocky Mount. For more information, contact Carolinas Gateway Partnership.
Information on State incentives is also available from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.