In 1997, Nash and Edgecombe Counties merged their separate economic development efforts into a public-private partnership called the Carolina Gateway Partnership. The partnership is composed of leaders from the counties and eighteen municipalities. The region's largest city, Rocky Mount, lies in both counties, with the county line running down Main Street. Since its inception the partnership has facilitated the arrival of thirty new industries and helped eighteen more remain or expand. Wright discusses the revitalization of Rocky Mount after the flood of 1999.