Who we are

Our Story

The ROCKY MOUNT/EDGECOMBE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (RMECDC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization implementing a comprehensive community economic development strategy and work plan. RMECDC’s target area is the City of Rocky Mount/Edgecombe County, North Carolina.

Since its inception in 1988, RMECDC has served as an economic engine in the eastern region of North Carolina.  Economic development needs to be addressed by RMECDC, both past, and present, include: affordable housing development, neighborhood revitalization, and blight removal, commercial development, human resource development programs, homebuyer education, foreclosure mitigation counseling, small business technical assistance, job creation, technology and STEM education and community planning and development.

Throughout its 30-year history, RMECDC has facilitated economic development using strategies aimed at revitalizing an entire community, including providing access to healthy food, health care education, training, and employment, as well as business development assistance.

Take a look at our projects to see what we have accomplished since 1988.  We also offer various programs to help the community by providing job training,  homeownership workshops and  access to affordable housing.


Board of Directors

The current board of directors for the Rocky Mount Edgecombe Community Development Corporation is as follows:

Susan Perry- Cole

Interim Chair

Bob Barnes


Harold Lynch

Treasure/Audit Committee Chair

Ethel K. Best


Lorraine Williams

Assistant Secretary

Joyce M. Dickens



Joyce M. Dickens


Kerry Davis

Site Manager Consultant
Harambee Square Apartments

Teisha Harrison

Lead Housing Counselor

Richard Paris

Thorne Ridge Apartments

Melinda Belcher

Chief Operating Officer

Cynthia Dickens

Harambee Square

Metoka McDaniel

Housing Counselor

Merland Wright

Site Manager
Edgecombe County Business/Industrial Incubator

Tarshall Clinton

Site Manager
Thorne Ridge Apartments One and Two

Melacca Dickens

Clerical Assistant

Paul Joyner

Commercial Development
Manager Consultant