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Old 01-17-2011, 11:13 PM
 
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The Global Transpark in Kinston is a waste of money... The state dumped a lot of money into building a large runway, buying buildings, office space, and property, so a whopping 4-5 companies could "move in."

I guess companies all over the world really don't see the value of moving to Eastern NC.
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Kinston was often the bridesmaid in luring big companies to the GTP, Boeing comes to mind a few years ago. They would try to throw as many tax cuts as they could but I think it was the infrastructure that kills it, namely being nowhere near an interstate.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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Aren't you the troll that craps on everything....[checks previous threads].....yup. So please move along with your uninsightful mess.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:32 PM
 
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Might be boy who cried wolf sydrome, now that he has somethng tat he says something that has some truth nobody gives it the time of day. Anyways, there's areason why the slang term for the GTP was "global transpork" . It was made with good intentions, it just was not a good fit.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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They were attempting the "build it and they will come" philosophy of commercial development. The only problem is every county in NC, SC, VA and GA has "built it". Until there is a fundamental change in the policies of the United States and a shift from a service and financial based economy back to a manufacturing economy then most of these industrial zones will be lucky to attract even one decent tennant. Kinston is extremely lucky that they got Spirit Air and they had better take very good care of them because there are 1,000 places that would kill to have an opportunity like this.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:15 PM
 
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Not to mention Kinston is in BFE, as compared with other places. Greenville or Wilson would have done a lot better
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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You really need to be inside of one of the red circles to get any real corporate attention these days. Like I said, Kinston got lucky.

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Old 01-27-2011, 01:03 PM
 
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It was the most laughable thing ever
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Old 01-28-2011, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I agree with the OP, total waste of tax payers money. Kinston is a horrible place to have it.
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I guess they figured Kinston would be the ideal location because it's centrally located in the economically depressed Eastern NC Inner Coastal Area.

The problem is that Kinston has no access to an Interstate or Freeway (NC doesn't plan on having US 70 upgraded to Freeway until like 2018). The education level in the area is very low. The high school graduation rate is low and those of us who do go on and earn higher level degrees move away and never look back.

The Research Triangle Park in Raleigh/Durham worked because they have Duke, UNC, and NC State in the area for highly skilled workers.
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