Marines Bring Economic Benefit, Needs

A new report says the seven North Carolina counties surrounding three Marine Corps bases need improved roads, new schools, and more emergency responders to handle a troop expansion already under way.

A July draft report by the Military Growth Task Force of North Carolina's Eastern Region found that adding more than 40,000 Marines, sailors, civilian contractors and their families will bring economic benefits to the region, but recommends money be spent to expand infrastructure, housing and schools.

About 9,000 of the Corps' desired 11,477 new Marines have already arrived. Then-Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue said in 2007 the influx is the single largest job growth in North Carolina since World War II.

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