A Second Life for North Carolina’s Shuttered Factories

With the rise of remote work, developers are betting they can lure young talent and raise economic prospects for the state’s depressed areas.

By Amanda Abrams

Less than a decade ago, the economic malaise in Rocky Mount, N.C., was tangible. Rocky Mount Mills, a big cotton mill that had given the town its identity, had shut down in 1996, costing the area hundreds of jobs. Downtown was deserted. Nobody was hiring.

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