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Rocky Mount named as #1 on List of Best Places for Millennials in Nash County

Best Places for Millennials in Nash County

The 2018 “Best of” Rankings from the “experts on safety and family living” at niche.com, has named the City of Rocky Mount the number one municipality among the Best Places for Millennials in Nash County.

Using their tried and true grading system to arrive at the annual listing of Best Places for Millennials in Nash County in 2018, Rocky Mount achieved the number one ranking out opf the five major municipalities they reviewed in their county-wide study.

The major factors given for being named the top city among Best Places for Millennials in Nash County in 2018, were several very crucial elements that millennials, and any new home owner would take into consideration before relocation. First and foremost in the items in favor of Rocky Mount was its diverse community, as well as being noted for a vast improvement over the past decade in being a family friendly environment to raise a family a great selection of entertainment options year round under the catergory “nightlife.”

In support of Rocky Mount’s ranking atop the list of Best Places for Millennials in Nash County in 2018, was a review submitted by a life long resident of the city, offering support and credibility to this honor.

“I’ve lived here from the time I was born and I love it,” the reviewer began. “Although we could have a better mall and more food options, its the perfect place to retire or raise a family. Everything you need is in one place. The review continued, saying, “There are great schools here and great people…I’d definitely consider raising a family here if a job presents itself by the time I graduate.”

For more information on the Best Places for Millennials in Nash County for 2018, and the full listing in greater detail, visit niche.com.

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Rocky Mount Business One of Just 13 in U.S. Selected for EPA Grant

Rocky-Mount-Business

Showing the strength of the growing and bustling local business community in Rocky Mount Business, Babington Technology, was one of just 13 small businesses from across the United States recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive a grant from the allotted $1.3 million dollars to be part of a project to aid in the reduction of electrical power consumption, reduce the emission of carbon, and lower the price for consumers associated with cookstove combustion technology.

On the EPA’s official website, it was noted that “The 13 businesses we are funding today are producing innovative and creative solutions for our country’s environmental problems,” said Thomas Burke, EPA science advisor and deputy assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “Small businesses play an integral role in creating technologies that will help ensure a sustainable future for our country.”

The article continued in explaining the grants, saying, “Each of the 13 companies will receive a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract for up to $100,000 to develop their green technology. If Phase I is successful, companies will be eligible to apply for a Phase II contract of up to $300,000 to develop and commercialize their technology for the marketplace.”

For more information on these grants including more on Rocky mount Business, Babington Technology, visit the official site of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, epa.org.

College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry is “never too far away…”

In addition to being afforded the most luxurious, spa like amenities in the area as you enjoy your new house at the Belmont Lake Preserve new home community, a major reason in which many people are opting to relocate to scenic and historic Rocky Mount is the great location. For any sports fan under your roof, this bids especially well, given the excitement in the air at this time of year “around the hoop,” with both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sitting very close to just an hour away , when you’re here at BLP you’re never too far from College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry.

Without question when people think sports in the state of North Carolina the first thing that pops into mind is Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college basketball, and with that, two of the most decorated hoops programs in all of the land, Duke and UNC. More so decorated history and than any other rivalry across NCAA Division 1 basketball, the decorated history and unparalleled talent that comes in and out of these school’s and on to the basketball court makes there two matchups each season College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry.

With both teams sitting once again predicted to be among the elite of all of the NCAA in the 2017-18 season, College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry is sure to be as red hot as ever to kick off another chapter this week, when Duke will travel to Chapel Hill and face theTar Heels on Thursday night, February 8 as the eyes of America will be on the state of North Carolina once again in a nationally televised contest on ESPN at 8:00 pm. The Tar Heels, will later take to the road in the seasons final regular season maych up and try to head into “March Madness” with a road win against the Blue Devils on March 3rd in another nationally televised contest will take place on the Duke campus at Cameron Indoor Stadium with an 8:00 pm tip off.

While all ACC basketball contests carry some weight and interest, no two teams taking the court in this or any other sport seems to draw the interest of Duke and UNC in College Basketball’s Greatest Rivalry. To see all of the options in area sports that are taking place just a short way up the road from Belmont Lake Preserve and Rocky Mount, including Duke and UNC, visit the “Lifestyle Redefined” page on our Belmont Lake Preserve website, located here.

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The Classics to Headline Winter Lineup at Imperial Center in Rocky Mount

With two legendary tales taking center stage at the theatre at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Science, the winter schedule for great entertainment, just up the street from your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve NC Golf Community, will continue to heat up as the temperature drops with “Pride and Prejudice,” and the holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Starting on October 26 and running through the 29th, Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice is a brilliant tale of a simpler time in history. The Imperial Center home website describes the show as, “ humorous story of love and life among English gentility during the Georgian era. Mr Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife. The Bennets 5 daughters; the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty and the wild Lydia.”

Just in time for the holidays, the Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre welcome the Charles Shultz classic, “A Charlie Brown Christamas,” to the Rocky Mount stage, starting on November 30 and running until December 3. 49 years after first stealing the hearts of a nation and becoming a holiday staple on television in its near five decades of existence, the Peanuts crew will no doubt be a crowd pleaser that all ages can enjoy. The Imperial Centre Christmas Choir will also take part in this show, making this a can’t miss part of the Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre.

With these great offerings on the horizon and several familiar stage favorite already scheduled for the Spring, it is safe to say that the fantastic Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre is just the beginning, as 2018 promises to be a talented and entertaining ride for all to enjoy.

The Imperial Centre is located at 270 Gay Street in Rocky Mount. For more info on the Winter Lineup at Imperial Centre and all the other great vents coming up, visit imperialcentre.org

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Art Classes in Rocky Mount : “Sculpting” a Family Friendly Community at the Imperial Center

Art Classes in Rocky Mount

Moving from the winter moths and into the Spring, the temperature is not the only thing seeing an increase here locally, as in this first of a three part series, we will look at all the influx of activities being offered in Downtown Rocky Mount, heading into the month of February and beyond. Whether you are a toddler or a senior citizen, if your preference is science, art, or theatre, just a few minutes up the road from your new home at the premier North Carolina golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve, the Imperial Centre for the Arts open up their schedule with numerous options for Art Classes in Rocky Mount for all ages.

This first part in our three part series will look specifically at the Art Classes in Rocky Mount this month at the Imperial Centre, which is located at Gay Street in the heart of downtown. For starters, those ages 12 and up that wish to catch the “acting bug,” this Spring can partake in “Intro to Acting: Auditions and Scene Study.” Described at the official site of the Imperial Centre as “the perfect class for the beginning actor or for experienced actors who want to sharpen their skills. This class will focus on how to prepare cold scenes at auditions as well as how to dissect scenes into beats and make strong choices in the audition, rehearsal, and performance process.” This class begins this upcoming Thursday, February 9 and runs each Thursday night from 6:00-7:30 pm until March 16.

Whether acting and performance art is your thing, or whether your preference is to express your creativity on canvas, the Imperial Centre has you covered with Art Classes in Rocky Mount for all. “Intro to Painting,” also starts this Thursday, February 9 and ends on March 16, running from 6:00-9:00 pm weekly. In this class, anyone age 13 and older can learn to “Study the language of painting.” Technique, materials, and elements of art are all topics focused on in this course, as you learn to build a better understanding of different mediums.

For those looking for some fun activities that the whole family can partake in, look no further than the Art Classes in Rocky Mount and the “Paint Together: Family Workshop.” This will take place this Saturday, February 11 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the Imperial Centre, and up to 3 family members ages five and up can “explore the basics of painting as a family” at this workshop. Working with acrylic paints, family members will work together on a project and leave with a beautiful piece of art to hang at home as a memory of what is certain to be a fantastic day of fun together.

Yet another genre of art will be focused on at another of the Art Classes in Rocky Mount offered at the Centre, as on consecutive Saturday’s, February 11 and 18, the sculptor under your roof can come out and “use their hands” as part of “Intro to Clay: Functional Wares.” A variety of items will be created at this truly, “hands-on” two session workshop and it is open to anyone age 14 and up.

The Art Classes in Rocky Mount offered up during the upcoming month are just a few of the fantastic things that everyone in the house hold can enjoy. For further information, ioncluding special lower rates on these courses for Rocky Mount residents, visit the Imperial Centre website here.

“Embrace the Roar of the Crowd,” Charlotte Hornets Basketball Looks for Great Things in 2016-17 Season

Charlotte Hornets Basketball

The countless entertainment options that have become part of your “Lifestyle Redefined” at Belmont Lake Preserve include many professional and collegiate sports teams across the state of North Carolina that are with in a short driving distance. The “Tar Heel State” certainly get a little “Hoops Crazy” as this time of year rolls around, and the sports fanatic under your roof at our North Carolina golf and retirement community can rest assured that the run into the playoffs last season was one that the Charlotte Hornets Basketball team looks to build upon as they hope to take steps towards an NBA Championship in the 2016-17 season, which gets underway later this week.

The Hornets are set to unveil the awesome new scoreboard at the Spectrum Center

The Hornets are set to unveil the awesome new scoreboard at the Spectrum Center

With a recent name change to their downtown home arena, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball franchise will look for bigger and better things than even the greatly successful 2015-16 season as they take the court at the freshly named, Spectrum Arena this year. Finishing with an impressive 48 wins against just 34 losses with an even more lofty 30-11 home record, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball will be favored as one of the NBA’s top teams in the Eastern Conference this year.

Getting ready for the upcoming season, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball squad will take to the road for their two opening contests, when they travel on Wednesday, October 26 to play the Milwaukee Bucks. and then the Miami Heat on October 29. Finally, the hometown crowd will get to root for some 2016-17 Charlotte Hornets Basketball when the home opener takes place against the rival Boston Celtics on Saturday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. at the newly christened Spectrum Center.

Charlotte Hornets Basketball

Hugo the Hornet, the team mascot and the Hornets are often seen involved with school and community events

Other Charlotte Hornets Basketball home games scheduled throughout the first full month of play at the Spectrum Center will see the Philadelphia 76ers in town on November 2, before a three game home stand against the Indiana Pacers (November 7), Utah Jazz (November 9), and Toronto Raptors (November 11). The Atlanta Hawks come in to do battle with the Charlotte Hornets Basketball team on November 18, before they bring in the Memphis Grizzlies (November 21), San Antonio Spurs (November 23), and the New York Knicks (November 26). Closing out a busy first month of Charlotte Hornets Basketball will be the always tough, Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, November 29.

Much like the championship-caliber golf you are used to playing right here in your backyard at Belmont Lake Preserve, the Charlotte Hornets Basketball franchise will be playing championship caliber basketball just a few short hours away from Belmont Lake Preserve. To “Embrace the roar of the crowd” at the Spectrum Center and for more information on the full 2016-17 schedule and tickets, visit nba.com/hornets.

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Moorefield Real Estate named by Halle Companies as Exclusive Realtor at Belmont Lake Preserve

Moorefield Real Estate

The Halle Companies has recently announced a partnership with Moorefield Real Estate of Rocky Mount, naming the company as the Exclusive Realtor at Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community.

“We are excited as the leaders’ in Rocky Mount Real Estate for over four decades to represent the premier development in our city, and absolutely thrilled to work along side, the Halle Companies, who also bring over 40 years of experience and excellence in residential development with them to the table,” said Kenneth Moorefield, Founder of Moorefield Real Estate. “With the unique amenities that are exclusive to this community- it’s golf course, the swimming pools, the restaurant, and so forth- we just can’t wait to put our brush to the canvas and paint this picture that we have been envisioning for all the families and residents of Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve.”

Upon their purchase of Belmont Lake Preserve in late 2011, the Halle Companies have invested millions of dollars into the development of the 1400-acre forested community. In a prepared statement released at the time of the purchase, Halle spoke of the difference between the community’s previous developer who struggled with financial issues and the Halle Companies, explaining, this was a cash purchase and that The Halle Companies continue to operate on a debt-free basis with no lenders. Halle added that by purchasing the community with cash it allows us to move at the proper pace and keep the community on a sound financial footing.

Once the purchase was finalized, the Halle Companies began focusing on providing retreat-like amenities that include both an indoor and outdoor pool and a full fitness facility at the Belmont Lake Community Clubhouse, which finished construction in 2014. The Golf Clubhouse also was added to the community and finished in 2014, hosting a full golf pro shop and the highly acclaimed Main Course at Belmont Restaurant. The 18-hole David Johnson golf design, Belmont Lake Golf Club has previously been named to the “Top 100 You Can Play” by the NC Golf Panel and also was recognized among the top course designs across Eastern NC.

About Moorefield Real Estate

With an emphasis on integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, and a “client-first” approach, Moorefield Real Estate and its Founder/Manager, Kenneth Moorefield brings an unmatched customer and broker relationship with Rocky Mount residents and the surrounding area for nearly 44 years in his training of every broker on his team.

A multi-million dollar producer in each and every one of his 43-plus years in real estate, Moorefield, the 2011 Realtor of the Year, and the exceptional Moorefield Real Estate management team that will represent Belmont Lake Preserve includes Broker-in-Charge, Jay Hooks, who has been a multi-million dollar producer for seven consecutive years and the 2011 and 2014 REALTOR Associate of the Year, Trevor Foote, who likewise has been a multi-million dollar producer for all seven years she has been with the company.

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Forbes Names North Carolina No. 2 Best State for Business and Careers

Best State for Business and Careers

Another among many factors supporting your decision to buy a home at the award winning NC golf community, Belmont Lake Preserve in Rocky Mount is the recent Forbes ranking of the state of North Carolina, placing it second among all 50 states in the prestigious annual listings of the Best State for Business and Careers for 2015.

Improving even on last year’s lofty ranking as Forbes’ number three Best State for Business and Careers in the 2014 listings, North Carolina finished ahead of all states in the union other than Utah, which clung to the top spot for a second consecutive year. Maintaining the consistent growth that has many professionals taking notice of the “Tar Heel State,” it was noted in the Forbes’ article on the Best State for Business and Career that North Carolina is the only state in the entire country that has ranked in the top five every year since they have conducted the rankings.

Speaking to the lofty ranking on the Best State for Business and Career listings, the profile on North Carolina on forbes.com said, “With one of the highest net migration rates in the U.S., people have been flocking to North Carolina for the past decade. They are chasing jobs.” It continued to say, “The unemployment rate was stuck above 10% for most of 2009 through 2011, but has dipped to 5.4% in 2015. North Carolina has the smallest union workforce in the U.S. in terms of percent of total employment. The resulting benefit is labor costs that are 10% below the national average and fifth overall lowest in the country.”

Forbes’ also cited a cost of doing business in North Carolina at 10 percent below the national average, in addition to the state ranking tenth in prospective growth and ninth overall in labor supply as major factors in being ranked as the number two Best State for Business and Careers.

To see the entire listing and for more detail on North Carolina’s ranking as the number two Best State for Business and Careers in 2015, visit www.forbes.com.

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Auto Expo to Display the “Classics” through Downtown Rocky Mount NC

Automobile enthusiasts from across the area are set to make a “pit stop” this Saturday, July 25, just minutes away from your new home in the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community in Downtown Rocky Mount NC, as one of the city’s most highly anticipated events of the summer, the “Rockin’ Classic” returns with classic cars and motorcycles being on display in addition to fun filled activities throughout the day. Registration for the “Rockin’ Classic” Auto Expo will kick the day off this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Not only will the newly renovated beautiful streetscape of historic Downtown Rocky Mount NC once again serve as the backdrop for all the coolest n classic cars and motorcycles, but the morning and afternoon will see some fantastic local live bands filling the air with music and area vendors serving up delicious food and refreshments throughout the day. Collectors and enthusiasts from across North Carolina are expected to be on hand showcasing their classic cars and motorcycles at the Downtown Rocky Mount NC event, given the locations very easy access right off the I-95 corridor. The classic and antique cars and bikes will be judged in a variety of catergories throughout the days’ festivities, starting at 11:00 a.m. Beginning at 2:00 p.m., the presentation of the winning entries will take place on the “Rockin’ Classic” Main Stage. Winners will be named for an array of categories at the Downtown Rocky Mount NC event, including, Best Import, Best Ford, Best Chevy, Best of Show, Sport Bike, Harley Cruiser and more. The public and members of the community will also have their voice heard at the event, as they will be able to vote and name the winner of the “People’s Choice Award.” Trophies will be awarded to the winners in all catergories prior to the events conclusion at 3:00 p.m. The “Rockin’ Classic” is only the next in what is a continuous string of great events held in Downtown Rocky Mount NC. For full details on this event and all on the upcoming schedule, visit the Downtown Rocky Mount NC website at downtownrockymount.com.

Automobile enthusiasts from across the area are set to make a “pit stop” this Saturday, July 25, just minutes away from your new home in the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community in Downtown Rocky Mount NC, as one of the city’s most highly anticipated events of the summer, the “Rockin’ Classic”  Auto Expo returns with classic cars and motorcycles being on Display in addition to fun filled activities throughout the day.

Downtown Rocky Mount NCRegistration for the “Rockin’ Classic” Auto Expo will kick the day off this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Not only will the newly renovated beautiful streetscape of historic Downtown Rocky Mount NC once again serve as the backdrop for all the coolest in classic cars and motorcycles, but the morning and afternoon will see some fantastic local live bands on Display as well and area vendors serving up delicious food and refreshments throughout the day.

Collectors and enthusiasts from across North Carolina are expected to be on hand, putting their classic cars and motorcycles on Display at the Downtown Rocky Mount NC  Auto Expo, given the locations easy access right off the I-95 corridor. The classic and antique cars and bikes will be judged throughout the days’ festivities, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Beginning at 2:00 p.m., the presentation of the winning entries will take place on the “Rockin’ Classic” Main Stage. Winners will be named for an array of categories at the Downtown Rocky Mount NC event, including, Best Import, Best Ford, Best Chevy, Best of Show, Sport Bike, Harley Cruiser and more. The public and members of the community will also have their voice heard at the event, as they will be able to vote and name the winner of the “People’s Choice Award.” Trophies will be awarded to the winners in all catergories prior to the events conclusion at 3:00 p.m.

The “Rockin’ Classic”Auto Expo is only the next in what is a continuous string of great events held in Downtown Rocky Mount NC. For full details on this event and all on the upcoming schedule, visit the Downtown Rocky Mount NC website at downtownrockymount.com.

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Rocky Mount Makes Top 50 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina

Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina

Most Affordable Cities in North CarolinaIn addition to recently being named by nerdwallet.com as one of the Cities on the Rise in North Carolina, the accolades continue to pour in for the city of Rocky Mount NC, as not only are you discovering “lifestyle redefined” with your decision to move to the Belmont Lake Preserve NC golf community, but your move will prove to be smart financially as well with Rocky Mount being included among the top 50 Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina.

The Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina study was conducted by the renowned real estate website, movoto.com, who looked at nearly 100 different North Carolina municipalities that have a population of 10,000 people or greater. To come up with their definitive list of the Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina, they analyzed the following categories: median home price, adjusted median income, unemployment rank, food costs, utility costs, and other miscellaneous costs.

In calculating the adjusted median income for each municipality in the study, first, the median household income was divided by overall cost of living. Then to accurately reflect the actual earned income of each household that number was multiplied by one hundred. In the area of miscellaneous costs, each of the area’s costs of restaurants, clothing, and entertainment was analyzed.

Listed at number 41 statewide among the Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina, the city ranked much higher in several of the categories regarding affordability, including a top ten placement in the area of “Median Home Price Rank.” Rocky Mount also was ranked in the top 15 for affordability in food/ restaurant affordability and the miscellaneous costs detailed above. The city’s income compared against cost of living ranking also placed 32nd statewide, and certainly factored into their inclusion in the top fifty.

To see the entire listing of the Most Affordable Cities in North Carolina visit movoto.com.