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A Workforce of Military Precision Nearly 1,000 well-trained and dependable, team- oriented Marines exit the military each month and many are looking for a challenging civilian career in Onslow County. The customized industry training programs offered through Coastal Carolina Community College will refne their skills to meet your needs. A Logical Location Less than one hour, four-lane access to two interstates and two deepwater ports, our East Coast location puts you within easy reach of a fast growing region, and within a two-day truck drive of more than 200 million U.S. and Canadian consumers. Real Estate is Ready to Go Whether you need 10 acres or 100, our certifed and shovel-ready sites will meet your needs. Even better, with of 50,000-square-foot shell building, you'll be open for busines in record time. For more information, contact Sheila Pierce, Executive Director 910.347.3141 ext. 230 #1 #2 #3 We work hard to make our community the ideal place to establish your company. We have a state-of-the-art FAA-certified aviation and technical training center; world-class broadband; and plenty of affordable commercial, industrial or warehousing space. Need a site with runway access? We have that too. WE'RE RIGHT WHERE YOU NEED TO BE, AND CONNECTED TO WHERE YOU'RE GOING. Our strategic location enables same-day trucking to over half the nation's consumer and industrial markets. The Port of Virginia is just 50 miles away. We're close to 11 regional and three international airports and, our Elizabeth City Regional Airport can accommodate helicopters, Lear jets, and 747s. Elizabeth City is more than just a great place to visit; it's a wonderful place to work, raise a family or retire. To take a closer look, contact: ELIZABETH CITY | PASQUOTANK COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION PHONE 252.338.0169 TOLL-FREE 888.338.1678 the opportunity is RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW maintenance and interpersonal skills such as customer relations and teamwork. The state funds almost all of the custom- ized training offered by its 58 community colleges; it's viewed as an investment. "The intent is that employees have the right skills and the company is profi table and competitive on a global scale. If we can do that, the company likely will remain in North Carolina." Mann+Hummel was one of seven German companies operating in southeastern North Carolina in 2012. "We're very fertile ground for Euro- pean businesses," says Steve Yost, president of Elizabethtown-based The Southeastern Partnership Inc., which covers a 14-county region that includes Fayetteville. German companies there also engage in aerospace, biotechnology, energy and chemical manufacturing. And while some serve only the U.S. market, others export products world- wide. The region is close to the state's two ports as well as the N.C. Global TransPark in Kinston, which offers rail, road and air connections. "The fact that our region can support a com- pany's North American market venture as well as an export-oriented global strategy — or both — puts us in a good position to recruit additional manufac- turing operations." Almond travels to Germany as many as fi ve times a year to help clients and improve U.S.-German relations. That earned him the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2005. "German compa- nies have for centuries been international companies," he says, noting that 40% of the country's industrial production is exported. "The imperative for them today is to become truly global companies." To do that, they are locating research, development, sales, and manufacturing and distribution operations around the world. "North Carolina is benefi ting from that transition." And the companies are benefi ting from North Carolina.

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