North Carolina’s attempt to attract the Army’s new Futures Command to Raleigh was unsuccessful, but Sen. Thom Tillis (R) and Larry Hall, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, last week praised the state’s effort. Being named one of five finalists offered the state an opportunity to showcase its assets, Hall told the North Carolina Defense and Economic Development Trade Show. “We still think it should be in North Carolina,” Hall said, reported the Fayetteville Observer. “We’ll get part of it some way, somehow,” he added. And with defense ranking as North Carolina’s second largest industry, the state can expect to continue to benefit from its oversized military presence, Tillis said. “We’re going to keep fighting for it and we’re going to do well,” he said. … The LRA responsible for redeveloping the former Vint Hill Farms Station in northern Virginia has dissolved following the Fauquier Board of Supervisors’ vote last month approving the move. Since the Army shuttered the 700-acre electronic warfare facility in 1997, the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority has spent $25 million upgrading the site’s infrastructure and helped create 2,000 jobs, reports the Fauquier Times. The mixed-use project now is home to dozens of businesses, a regional FAA air traffic control facility, a satellite campus of Lord Fairfax Community College, a performing arts center, county offices and facilities, and housing.
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