Despite job losses, base's economic impact on region increases

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 17:06 PM.

"Our focus of effort remained: development of our work force; posturing the Air Station, ranges and outlying fields for the future; reorganizing to seek savings and efficiencies; and proactively engaging with the surrounding communities and cooperating on issues of mutual interest," he said.

With 222 fewer jobs, salaries dipped from $1.29 billion to $1.23 billion in 2012.

Still, the base was actively used, according to the statement from Zimmerman. The base’s air traffic control supported more than 70,000 military and civilian aircraft operating in the Cherry Point air space. The base’s ranges had more than 26,000 training events, and the air station, which serves as an aerial port of embarkation, supported 487 flights carrying nearly 60,000 passengers and 13,100 tons of cargo.

Beyond employment, the base also uses area companies and businesses for various contracts. Joyce and Associates Construction of Newport was the top contractor used by the base in 2012 with just more than $14 million worth of work going to the company. Other top contractors included Alderman Building Company of New Bern ($11.6 million), Team Construction of Beaufort ($11.1 million), Blue Rock Structures of Jacksonville ($5.3 million) and North State Mechanical of Jacksonville ($5.2 million).

Major construction projects completed on the base in 2012 include new ordnance magazines and a new fire station, while work continues on a new helicopter gearbox facility at Fleet Readiness Center East, new barracks buildings and infrastructure upgrades.

Beyond economic impact, the report mentions that 5,154 acres of easements were secured around the base and its ranges for protection against civilian encroachment and development in 2012. 



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