By Meaghan Lynch (Butterfield) and Nicole Meister (Trogdon)
Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) will host “Jobs First: Building for Our Future” in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on Friday, August 4, 2017, starting at 10am. North Carolina Secretary of Transportation James Trogdon and local and state elected officials will join Rep. Butterfield to talk about the current state of jobs and transportation infrastructure in eastern North Carolina.
In addition to exploring the future of transportation in Rocky Mount and the eastern region over the next decade, speakers will highlight the new Carolina Connector hub being built along CSX rail lines and the significant role it will play in growing the regional economy.
Said Rep. Butterfield:
“At a time when the current Administration and Congress are focused on cutting funding for critical programs that eastern North Carolina depends on, our strong rail transportation system and the businesses that support it are more critical than ever. The new CSX terminal in Edgecombe County will connect eastern North Carolina to state ports and will serve as a keystone for jobs throughout the state. This is great news for the Rocky Mount area.”
Said Secretary Trogdon:
“CSX’s Carolina Connector terminal will stimulate jobs and economic development not just in Rocky Mount, but throughout eastern North Carolina, and will position our state to be a leader in intermodal freight movement. This region is strategically located along I-95, the Future I-87 corridor and CSX’s main line, and we will continue to leverage these strong transportation connections to support eastern North Carolina’s growth and success.”
The “Jobs First: Building for Our Future” will be held in the lobby of the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station, 101 Coastline Street, Rocky Mount NC. In attendance will be:
- Congressman G. K. Butterfield, U.S. Representative (NC-01)
- Secretary James H. Trogdon, Secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation
- Senator Erica Smith-Ingram, N.C. State Senate (District 3)
- Mayor David Combs, Mayor of Rocky Mount
- City Manager Rochelle D. Small-Toney, Rocky Mount City Manager
This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. To RSVP, go to jobsfirstrockymount.eventbrite.com.
For those unable to attend, the discussion will be live streamed via Facebook.