North Carolina Economic Development Guide

2012

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Case studies One expert says the military is expected to have a $26.3 billion impact on the state economy by 2013. That's a $2.9 billion increase since 2008. courting it. Now it's reaping the benefits. "The governor calls this the nation's most military-friendly state, and we take that seriously and believe in it," says John Nicholson, military-affairs adviser to Gov. Beverly Perdue. "The state works hand in hand with military partners to give them the resources they need, and we're seeing the results of that." At spots like Tarawa Terrace, the impact of the state's efforts blend nearly unnoticed into the day-to-day landscape of Tar Heel life. It shouldn't. Scott Dorney, executive director of the Fayetteville- based N.C. Military Business Center, says a state Department of Commerce report prepared using 2008 statistics showed that the military has a $23.4 billion impact on the state's economy. The figure is expected to jump to $26.3 billion by 2013. Dorney's center was created in 2004 to boost military and federal business. "Many are surprised that the military is the second-largest segment of our economy, next to agriculture, which is about $70 billion," he says, adding that about 7% of the state's economy stems from military-related federal spending. The impact of the military on the state is measured not just in statistics but in bricks, mortar and people. At Camp Lejeune, Sylvester outlines projects under way or scheduled, including about 40 mostly five-story, dormitorylike barracks buildings with 4,600 rooms, child-devel- opment centers, new gated entrances to the base and nearly $80 million in additions and renovations to the 180,000-square- foot naval hospital, built in 1983. At Fort Bragg, Jim Hinnant, a former Army paratrooper and helicopter pilot who now is the base spokesman, uses the expression "Pentagon South" as he walks along a sidewalk in front of a new $298 million, 700,000-square-foot building. Started in 2008 and dedicated in August, this is the headquarters of U.S. Army Forces Command — the nation's largest military command — and Army Reserve Command, crucial in a military that increasingly depends on reserve forces. They're responsible for a force totalling about 750,000 military men and women, and about three dozen generals are being assigned here, the most at a single site outside the Pentagon. As at Camp Lejeune, a corresponding housing buildup is under way at Fort Bragg to accommodate growth related to the transfer of the two commands and Called "Pentagon South," this new $298 million, 700,000-square-foot building at Fort Bragg is the home of U.S. Army Forces Command and Army Reserve Command. 36 North Carolina Economic Development Guide

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