By John H. Walker Staff Writer
Dec. 30, 2020
“The coronavirus pandemic hit just as economic indicators were beginning to improve for Edgecombe County.
And while those indicators dropped all the way to the bottom of the scale, there was slippage in a number of areas as job reductions — and in some cases layoffs — hit the county.
Still, economic development continued and as recently as the Rocky Mount Economic Summit on Dec. 3, Rocky Mount Area Chamber President David Farris said, “There’s just a lot going on … action we’ve never seen before. Rarely, if ever, had we seen this kind of activity before (the pandemic).”
But about that same time, the state Department of Commerce was releasing data that showed Edgecombe County to be the state’s most economically distressed county for the fourth straight year.”