Perdue Meets With GTP Board

Governor Beverly Perdue was in eastern Carolina Tuesday talking about her expectations for aerospace technology in North Carolina.

Perdue met with the Global TransPark board in Kinston.

Spirit Aerosystems says it will begin hiring next year and will continue to work with surrounding community colleges to prepare future workers for when the company opens its doors.

Perdue also discussed the potential for other businesses to come to Eastern Carolina and enhance aerospace technology.

In an earlier story, WITN reported that Spirit had requested $5 billion from the federal government for rail improvements. Spirit says while the rail improvements to the TransPark were part of the state incentive package, the estimated total cost of those improvement are $32.75 million.

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  • by Joe Location: New Bern on Oct 14, 2009 at 10:38 AM
    "Robbed Taxpayer" is passionate but wrong. There has already been tremendous value for Carolina's economy, and there will be more, and not just from taxes. Plenty of manufacturers ship their products by plane and will continue to do so when it makes the most sense. Either we play in the global economy or we don't. One thing's for sure, sitting on the sidelines is a guaranteed zilch.
  • by Robbed Tax payer Location: Kinston on Oct 14, 2009 at 03:27 AM
    What products or manufacture can afford paying $100,000 to ship by plane. That's why spirt is using the ports. There is nothing manufacture east of I95 that justifies pay a $100,000 to ship by plane. The GTP was setup for big business to milk the Free Trade Zone "No taxes" The rich get richer, and the middle class gets to pay the bill. Sprite was give 125 million to locate to Kinston with the promise of jobs. They are only going to manufacture the center of the aircraft in kinston, the cockpit, engines, ect... is manufactured in Europe "Why?" so they can claim Made in USA. When they sell these Aircraft for 500 million dollars it will be done in Europe, not eastern North Carolina, - "No money for North Carolina State Sales tax" So if they don't help pay taxes who does - "YOU DO"
  • by local guy Location: Kinston on Oct 14, 2009 at 03:16 AM
    WITN needs to check its facts. Spirit did not request 5-billion dollars for rail.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Oct 13, 2009 at 06:39 PM
    All we need to do is dump a ton more money on GTP and they will have so many businesses that Eastern Carolina won't be able to staff 'em all. Yeah, right!!!

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