The new signs, funded by North Carolina’s banks and savings associations, welcome motorists to North Carolina, the “Nation’s Most Military Friendly State.” The signs recognize the substantial presence of the nation’s armed services in our state and reflect the support by all North Carolinians to the dedicated men and women who serve our country. With more than 416,000 jobs in North Carolina directly or indirectly sustained by the defense industry and military installations, that military presence currently has a $24 billion impact on our statewide economy. The signs, developed by the NCBA in cooperation with the NCDOT, acknowledge that significant impact on our state.
North Carolina National Guard Brigadier General Iwan Clontz, United States Air Force Colonel Craig Berlette, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Stephen Sicinski, United States Coast Guard Commander Derek D’Orazio and the United States Marines joined Larry Barbour, chairman of the NCBA and president and CEO of North State Bank, Raleigh, and Gene Conti, secretary of the NCDOT at the unveiling.
The NCBA brings together all categories of banking institutions to best represent the interests of this rapidly changing industry. With 144 members, it has helped all North Carolina banks support their communities since 1897. It can be found at www.ncba.com.