Rocky Mount Assistant Town Manager, Harvester CEO announces departure

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Matthew Hankins, outgoing Assistant Town Manager, Rocky Mounta & Harvester CEO. (Image courtesy of

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (WFXR) – The Rocky Mount Assistant Town Manager and Harvester CEO Matthew Hankins has announced he is leaving the Town after 13 years.

“Building, creating, and sustaining the Harvester Performance Center is the highlight of my professional career. I love the venue, the staff, the volunteers, and the fans, but the COVID-19 outbreak has provided me with the opportunity to assess my professional ambitions and my time spent away from my family. When I first came to Rocky Mount in 2007, I intended to learn, grow, and become a town manager. I still intend to complete my career in municipal management, so I am actively seeking other employment in local government administration.”

Matthew Hankins, Outgoing Rocky Mount Town Manager, CEO of the Harvester Performance Center

Hankins went on to say that the long hours has taken its toll.

“Over the past three months, I’ve come to see how many hours I’ve spent away from my family, my home, my church, and my responsibilities to home and my God during nearly nine years since starting the Harvester project,” Hankins said. “As I pursue new opportunities, I hope this clean break helps me achieve more work-life balance, striving to improve another community while I renew my purpose.”

Hankins arrived in Rocky Mount in October 2007 and led successful economic development efforts and a Town revitalization project before conceiving the Harvester Performance Center in 2011. Under his leadership, the award-winning venue has hosted over 1,000 shows and received the highest awards given by the Southern Economic Development Council, Virginia Economic Developers Association, Virginia Municipal League, and Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Hankins was awarded the 2015 award as Virginia’s top local government assistant manager from the Virginia Local Government Management Association.

“Town Council and staff will sorely miss Matt Hankins’ continual dedicated efforts to make our community better. I have especially enjoyed his candor, friendship, and constant efforts to improving our staff, facilities, and neighborhoods.”

Steve Angle, Rocky Mount Mayor

Hankins has 20 years of government service which includes 13 years in Rocky Mount, six as Martinsville’s communications director, and one year as a legislative aide in the Virginia House of Delegates.

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