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Perdue: After BRAC Moves, N.C. Still Needs to Nurture its $23B Military Economy

fayobserver.com - November 3, 2011, By Henry Cuningham, Military editor

North Carolina must "adopt itself to the fiscal environment" to attract military dollars, Gov. Bev Perdue said today at Fort Bragg.

The state needs to look at what will be the next steps after the completion of base realignment moves that brought Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command to Fort Bragg, she said.

Perdue addressed a statewide summit held on post that is focusing on strengthening the state's military and defense economy.

Although military dollars are shrinking, opportunity exists in repairing and renovating war-worn military equipment, she said.

The state's motor sports industry is working closely with special operations forces to adapt vehicles for combat situations, she said. Race car owners need to be able to survive crashes and have solutions to their problems quickly.

The military ranks second only to agriculture among the state's industries, the governor said. More than $23 billion in military spending accounts for 7 percent of the state's economy, she said.

"Some of us believe we need to focus more aggressively on this cluster," she said.

The state still has shortcomings with schools and infrastructure around military installations, she said. In some cases, schools and roads are overcrowded, partially due to military growth. Fayetteville's airport does not have direct flights to Washington, D.C., to serve workers in the four-star and three-star headquarters who constantly need to travel to the Pentagon.

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