Alliance formed to market eastern NC


KINSTON – Wayne, Greene and Lenoir counties joined with the North Carolina Global TransPark Economic Development Region to form an alliance aimed at bringing opportunities to the region. 

The alliance was established this year to create a regional approach to economic development in bringing entities in partnership to attract and retain business in Eastern NC.  

“This is a huge win for the Global TransPark and Eastern North Carolina,” said NCGTP President and CEO John Rouse. “The team’s knowledge and experience will build on the recent momentum here and ultimately bring more jobs and opportunity to our region.”

The NC Global TransPark Economic Development Region will aggressively market the region with the product assets, people, quality of life, and military bases to showcase Eastern NC as a destination for high-quality economic investors. In addition, the team will create an annual strategic market plan that delineates the specifics of the work and a timeline to accomplish it.

“I am excited about joining John Rouse and the NC Department of Transportation to continue efforts to bring jobs and opportunity to Eastern North Carolina,” said Mark Pope, Global TransPark’s senior vice president. “The Global TransPark has so much to offer as a preferred site for aviation enterprises, logistics companies and military contractors. Regional strategies to market the Global TransPark, embrace innovation and pave new avenues for job creation have been hallmarks of my career. This new role takes that perspective to a whole new level.” 

Greene and Lenoir counties joined the regional organization by assigning Harold Thomas and Keely Koonce as vice presidents in the partnership. 

NCDOT Secretary, Eric Boyette, says he “applauds the regional vision for developing business activity around the Global TransPark. Communities working together always bring greater success, jobs and investment. I am really enthused about that.” 

In addition, marketing this region for product, people, and education will bring attention to Eastern North Carolina for potential clients for relocation and expansion. 

“North Carolina has a long history of making critical investments for the future well-being of our citizens. The Global TransPark was one of those investments that set its sight on future growth and prosperity for Lenoir County and North Carolina,” said Norris Tolson, GTP board chairman. “It has been a long, hard-fought battle to create the proper infrastructure around GTP and begin to experience solid, sustained growth. It’s beginning to happen and creating a regional economic development team is a strong signal that significant progress is on the way. The experienced professionals on the GTP team will bring global attention to this powerful asset. That attention will bring investment and jobs to the region. That is what economic development is all about. I’m excited for GTP and the region.” 

Bob Kornegay, chairman of the Wayne County Development Alliance, agreed.

“I believe we are doing the right thing by partnering with our neighboring counties as well as the NC Global TranPark,” he said.  


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