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Community & Business Development

COMMUNITY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Mission: The mission of the Department of Community and Business Development is to enhance the quality of life for Rocky Mount’s residents. This enhancement can be accomplished through key focus areas, such as: revitalizing targeted neighborhoods, ultimately providing more accessible, safe, healthy and affordable housing; creating a sustainable economy with a focus on local, minority and women-owned businesses; and building collaborative networks to provide the necessary training for workforce development.

Who we are: The Department of Community and Business Development is led by a Director and encompasses the divisions of Downtown Development, Community Development and Business Development. While the Office of Community Development focuses on housing revitalization, economic development opportunities and training, the office also devises strategies to support long-term home ownership while minimizing the impacts of gentrification. Downtown Development highlights the amenities downtown Rocky Mount has to offer, spurring public and private investment.

Duties: The Department of Community and Business Development will have a continued focus on workforce and business development, neighborhood quality of life and housing. However, some of the initial objectives of the department will be: researching best practices regarding urban revitalization, community reinvestment and economic development incentives; administering the federal community development block grant and HOME funds; organizing a Developers Forum for marketing Rocky Mount to potential investors and developers; preparing information to assist potential investors and developers in understanding opportunities in Rocky Mount; preparing a strategy to support existing businesses; and identifying city and privately owned properties in target areas. The department is also responsible for preparing a policy and recommendations for developing a special fund for revitalization and redevelopment projects; reviewing the city’s policies and practices for improving internal efficiency; and developing recommendations for a Minority and Women Business Enterprises Program.

Photo of Landis Faulcon

Landis Faulcon, PhD, Director of Community & Business Development