N.C. Governor to Zero in on State’s Defense Communities
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) will hold regional military summits in four host communities this summer to assess the military’s impact on local economic development and find out where community shortfalls exist regarding infrastructure, encroachment, education and workforce.
“The goal is to get critical information and data from our four major military clusters and their surrounding communities,” John Nicholson, the governor’s military affairs coordinator, told the Sun Journal. The summits will provide Perdue an opportunity to hear about the growth that has occurred at the state’s installations since 2005.
A fifth statewide summit, to be held at Fort Bragg on Sept. 29, will consider what are the most significant challenges facing the state in relation to its defense communities.
“She wants to know what are the communities’ current concerns related to the local military and defense economy,” Nicholson said, “and where do we need to go in the future to continue to ensure a robust military and defense economy.”