The first post I wrote for Main Street Rocky Mount, July 27, 2015, featured Evan Covington Chavez. I said then and I say now, that this bright and capable woman is the poster child for this blog because she holds in her hands a two-sided coin. One side represents the past, and the other, the future. She is Capitol Broadcasting Company’s Development Manager for the Rocky Mount Mills. I think of Evan stepping onto a bridge that is under construction, and when the bridge is complete, she will have helped span the gap between once upon a time and what will be. Her dedication and hard work guarantee that her name will be remembered when the future story of the Rocky Mount Mills is told. (Read Opening Post)
Evan’s hands are always open to possibilities. I’m thinking of having buttons made she can hand out with the slogan, Why Not! which reflects her approach to everything she does. Evan’s past career of helping transform neighborhoods has escalated into changing the future of a city. The first time I went to talk with Evan, she and Tim Bailey were the only people on the site. Now she has a partner “in crime” Scott Roberts, General Manager, and together, with the rest of a wonderful team, the future is already happening.
Evan and this talented group are now shepherding the transformation that is taking place at the Rocky Mount Mills. The addition of hardscape and landscaping are the newest surprises you’ll find when you arrive. If you are a person who must see something to believe, this summer is the perfect time to come and join the fun and energy being generated by each new business that opens their doors. Rocky Mount Mills opens its arms to diversity, to helping an entrepreneur’s dreams come true. Everyone is welcome to come and play, to invest in a lifestyle that offers a sense of place, a historical backdrop that is painstakingly being preserved.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the community of Rocky Mount to believe in what Capitol Broadcasting Company and others are doing. It cannot be done in isolation. We all have to do our part, whether you are City Government or born and raised here, old-timers, newcomers, whatever generation you claim. If you are wondering, “What can I do?” TALK THE TALK! Enjoy the excitement of every new piece of the puzzle that is being put in place, spend some money, and for heaven’s sake, don’t prejudge the outcome of all that is happening, but believe! Realize that Rocky Mount is not just a place on the way to somewhere else, but IS SOMEWHERE. We click our heels and salute Evan Covington Chavez and all her merry band. A hug around the neck to all the readers of Main Street Rocky Mount over these past two years. If you are not already, I invite you to FOLLOW the blog and keep me company on Main Street.