NC Global TransPark Winter 2009
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GTP Speakers Bureau
Would your church or civic group or professional organization like to find out about the latest progress at the Global TransPark? The GTP Speakers Bureau consists of staff and Board members who are dedicated to sharing the exciting news about the Global TransPark with our citizens and neighbors.
To request a speaker for your next meeting, email Alanna King, GTP marketing and communications manager at or call 252-522-4929, ext. 719.
GTP Successes Discussed at NC Rising Town Hall at ECU
Global TransPark executive director Darlene Waddell recently participated in the NC Rising Town Hall, hosted by Shannon Vickery of UNC-TV, on the campus of East Carolina University.
To watch the ECU town hall meeting, visit the UNC-TV web site.
Congressman Butterfield Announces Funding
for GTP Instrument Landing System
Gary Patton of Spirit AeroSystems welcomes Congressman G.K. Butterfield during a visit to the GTP in November. Photo by Janet S. Carter, courtesy of the Kinston Free Press.
Congressman G.K. Butterfield came to the N.C. Global TransPark (GTP), bringing news of at least $500,000 in funding for the Kinston Regional Jetport and showing his continued interest in the progress of Spirit AeroSystems at the GTP.

U.S. Rep. Butterfield, whose 1st District includes a portion of Lenoir County, announced that the new funding is intended to defray the approximately $3.8 million cost of upgrading the airport's instrument landing system to Category III.

Gov. Perdue Attends GTP Board Meeting
Gov. Bev Perdue welcomes guests to the GTP Board of Directors Meeting on October 13th. Photo by Charles Buchanan, courtesy of the Kinston Free Press.
Governor Beverly Perdue visited the N.C. Global TransPark (GTP)in October and expressed her gratitude to the early supporters of the business park for their longstanding loyalty to the GTP.
Perdue, who was known for her steady support of the Global TransPark during her tenure as lieutenant governor, attended the Authority's Board of Directors meeting presided over by Authority Chairman Eugene A. Conti.
During her remarks, Governor Perdue recalled the early days of the GTP's existence in the 1990s and the longstanding search for tenants, both small and large. She spoke at length about the 2008 decision by Spirit AeroSystems to come to the GTP and assume the role as an anchor tenant.
LCC Begins Aerospace Training Program
Students at Lenoir Community College will receive instruction in aerospace manufacturing. Photo by Janet S. Carter, courtesy of theKinston Free Press.
Lenoir Community College has convened its first classes in the new aerospace manufacturing and repair program. The program was designed in response to the arrival of Spirit AeroSystems at the Global TransPark. Spirit is constructing a 500,000 sf manufacturing facility which will employe over 1,000 people over six years.
The LCC aerospace manufacturing program focuses on composite fabrication, trim and drill, and assembly. The program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to work in the growing aerospace manufacturing industry in Eastern North Carolina.
For more on the LCC Aerospace Manufacturing program, visit
This program received funding from The Golden LEAF Foundation.
About the NC Global TransPark
The North Carolina Global TransPark (GTP) in Eastern North Carolina offers environmentally permitted prime commercial real estate and excellent shipping capabilities to almost any size company. With its centerpiece 11,500-foot runway, outstanding available warehousing space, fully-permitted environment and 33,000 SF training/conference center, the GTP is ready to do business.