Welcome to Main Street Roanoke Rapids, NC

Nestled near pristine lakes and the mighty Roanoke River, Historic Roanoke Rapids blends the beauty of the ages with small town traditions while showcasing new and innovative approaches to commerce.

As the vibrant economic hub of Roanoke Valley, this is the place to live, work, and play. Improving economic management, strengthening public participation and making downtown a fun place to visit are as critical to Main Street's future as recruiting new businesses, rehabilitating buildings and expanding parking.

The Main Street Program is administered through the North Carolina Department of Commerce. The NC Department of Commerce's Four-Point Approach to the Main Street Program offers a comprehensive commercial district revitalization strategy that has been widely successful in towns and cities nationwide. The following four elements create a well-balanced program:

Organization, Promotion, Design Economic Restructuring

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Roanoke Rapids is a North Carolina Main Street community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center. Main Street Roanoke Rapids is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation.

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Main Street Roanoke Rapids is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by Main Street America.