Congratulations to the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Spectrum Design of Roanoke.

Both held well-attended celebrations on Wednesday.

The chamber held a ribbon-cutting for its new home at the Community and Hospitality Center (the old train depot) on Franklin Street.

By all accounts, it's a good fit. Janie Hopkins, chamber director, said the center has in the past directed many visitors to the chamber. Now, those visitors can be greeted by the chamber at their first stop.

Combining the visitors center and chamber makes sense from the Town of Rocky Mount's perspective as well. They own the building and the chamber can operate it. Both entities save money.

Spectrum Design held an open house at the old N. Morris Building on Main Street. The company has renovated the three-story structure, retaining much of its historical features.

Those who attended were in for a treat. The building, which had not been occupied for many years and was rapidly deteriorating, is now a beautiful, architectural showcase.

It was great to see positive news in these trying times. And the mood at both celebrations was upbeat and optimistic.

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