The area’s business and industrial recruiter is shifting from a building just northwest of downtown to a location in downtown.

Carolinas Gateway Partnership President and CEO Norris Tolson told the Telegram the plan is to bid farewell to what has been the public-private agency’s home at 427 Falls Road across from Braswell Memorial Library.

Tolson said the plan is for the agency to begin anew on the second floor of a building abutting the south to southeast side of the Station Square business and professional complex.

That future location’s southeast side will face the railroad line through the heart of Rocky Mount.

The future location’s southwest side will provide a view of the adjacent Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station, which also is the home of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

The future location also will be a short walk to the northwest across the parking area and Church Street to City Hall.

Tolson said the location first will require a reconfiguration inside by landlord Ben Braddock.

“So it’s going to take us a little bit longer than we anticipated,” Tolson said of the move. “I could not tell you specifically right now whether it’s going to be late January or early February or early March.”

Nonetheless, Tolson is upbeat, saying of the future location that other than the construction of a boardroom, the rest of the work will be cosmetic and involve a fresh coat of paint and the installation of new carpeting.

Tolson said of the choice of a future location, “We were delighted because it keeps us right in the center of things that are happening in Rocky Mount.”

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Article written by William F. West, Staff Writer for Rocky Mount Telegram