A variety of community issues were raised in Jacksonville — home of Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River — this week during the second of four military summits North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) is holding around the state.
At the outset, the governor said the state could do a better job of helping personnel leaving the military transition to the civilian world, reported ENC Today. Many of the 20,000 Marines expected to enlist over the next five years will end up in southeastern North Carolina, spurring economic growth in the region, she added.
Growth also can be a problem, however. Camp Lejeune commander Col. Daniel Leece pointed out that the traffic corridors leading to the base are congested. He also said he was concerned about the potential for development outside the base to encroach on its mission.
The goal of the regional summits is to assess the military’s impact on local economic development and find out where community shortfalls exist regarding infrastructure, encroachment, education and workforce.
Last month, Perdue held a summit in Havelock, home of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The remaining summits will be held at Seymour Johnson AFB and Fort Bragg, with a final, statewide one scheduled for Bragg on Sept. 29