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Main Street Roanoke Rapids

Roanoke Rapids is one of 61 "Main Street" communities across NC and 1200 across the US. What does this mean? It means the Roanoke Rapids Historic District is now a part of Main Street communities across the state that have seen $1.4 billion in new investment, a net gain of 13,700 jobs, the renovation of 3,300 buildings, and a net gain of 3,300 businesses since 1980. It also means we have access to funding opportunities and tools to help our small business and property owners in Historic Roanoke Rapids succeed.

Benefits for Property Owners

  • Increased property values
  • Less vacancy and/or shorter-term vacancies
  • More financially stable tenants
  • Business recruitment assistance
  • Coordination of partnership efforts
  • Access to grants and knowledge of property rehabilitation

Benefits for Business Owners

  • Increased foot traffic and both new and repeat customers
  • Coordinated promotion for downtown/uptown businesses
  • Increased number of uptown/downtown businesses and increased goods and services offered
  • Increased downtown/uptown workers
  • Increased marketing efforts
  • Access to knowledge about the market and coordinated business assistance

Benefits to Roanoke Rapids At-Large

  • Increased jobs
  • Increased quality of life, activities, attractions and events
  • Increased public space, recreational and park venues
  • Increased housing opportunities
  • Increased opportunities for volunteerism
  • Increased interest in industrial development within the region
  • Increased opportunity for grants & coordination of public/private partnerships

Make a tax-deductible donation to Main Street Roanoke Rapids online today!

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the most important part of revitalizing Uptown and Downtown, and you can join the team of individuals working to better Historic Roanoke Rapids today! From serving on the Main Street Roanoke Rapids Board of Directors to being an event volunteer, you can be a part of preserving Roanoke Rapids and Halifax County's history forever!

How Do I Volunteer?

Simply click on the link to the Main Street Roanoke Rapids Volunteer Form, print and complete it, and submit it to the MSRR Office (located at City Hall) or by mail to:

Main Street Roanoke Rapids
P.O. Box 1227
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Then expect us to contact you about when you can start volunteering for Main Street Roanoke Rapids!

Here's the form, so volunteer now!


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.