Thursday, 15 June 2017 11:16

Amtrak coming seen as a life changer


  • Business owners excited for opportunities
  • Residents think it will revitalize area
  • Tourists could bring opportunities for new businesses

By now, news of the proposed Amtrak station in Weldon has reached seemingly every corner of the Roanoke Valley and most everyone sees it as a likely turning point for the historic town. Read more at

Thursday, 04 May 2017 10:54

Klausner Two opens summer

HALIFAX — Although the Klausner Lumber Two mill was supposed to be operational by the end of the first quarter in Enfield, the company’s president personally announced the mill will be up and running about July.

President Thomas Mende flew in and met with the Halifax County Board of Commissioners on Monday at its meeting to share the news.


Halifax County Economic Development Commission
260 Premier Boulevard
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
(252) 519-2630
Site Selection Magazine has named the Roanoke Rapids area as one of the Top 100 Micropolitans in the United States for 2016. The Roanoke Rapids Micropolitan Area, which encompasses Halifax and Northampton Counties, received an overall ranking of #32 based on the number of new or expanding economic development projects.
Site Selection is a trade publication for site-selection consultants, corporate decision-makers, and economic developers. Site Selection’s Top Micropolitan rankings are based on qualifying new or expanding projects that create a minimum capital investment of at $1 million, create at least 50 new jobs or add at least 20,000 SF of new floor area. In compiling its list, Site Selection considered 575 micropolitan communities across the United States. A micropolitan area is defined as a community serving as a regional trade center that has a population of more than 10,000 people but less than 50,000.
“While 2016 presented many challenges, such as the closing of the Safelite Auto Glass facility in Enfield, we have worked diligently to provide an environment to support new job creation and investment and expansion of our existing business and industry,” commented Vernon Bryant, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. “2017 promises to be a great year.”
Cathy Scott, Executive Director of the Halifax County Economic Development Commission hails Site Selection Magazine's annual list as the industry scorecard for site selection consultants and economic insiders. “Our place in the rankings will help to raise Halifax County’s profile with important decision-makers,” Scott added.
For a full list of the Top 100 Micropolitan Areas, click here.

Halifax County has joined a prestigious group of nineteen counties in North Carolina designated as NCWorks Certified Work Ready Communities. The designation provides a foundation for local workforce development activities based on the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC) and gives Halifax County an advantage when competing with other counties and states for economic development projects. It signals to existing businesses and those to come that workers have the foundational skills to make those businesses successful, which can help spur economic growth.

The NC Chamber of Commerce Foundation presented the official designation on October 18th to the Halifax County's NCWorks Certified Work Ready Community initiative steering committee, which includes the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce, Halifax Community College, Halifax County Economic Development Partnership, Halifax County Schools, Weldon City Schools, Roanoke Rapids Graded School District, Turning Point Workforce Development Board, and the NC Works Career Center.

Over 60 employers have signed on to support this initiative by agreeing to recognize, prefer or recommend the National Career Readiness Certificate in their hiring. In Halifax County, 1,886 individuals have received the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

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