MCAS Cherry Point Accounts for $2B Economic Impact
Officials in coastal North Carolina were pleased to learn that Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point generated a $2 billion economic impact on the surrounding region in 2011, a $300 million increase over the previous year.
“It just reiterates what we have said all along and that’s the irreplaceable asset that we have at Cherry Point,” Jimmy Sanders, mayor of Havelock, told the Jacksonville Daily News.
The air station employs 14,915 workers, including 5,361civilians. It spent $420 million on procurement and $198 million on construction, maintenance and service contracts in 2011.
Sanders also is president of Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow, the local support group for the base which is reorganizing to protect the air station from cuts in defense spending and a possible BRAC process. The group’s primary concerns are addressing the deactivation of the base’s EA-6B Prowler aircraft and delays in the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter program.
A summary of the economic impact report is available on the air station’s website.