Message From The Chairman
In January 2021 NC East Alliance hosted an I-87 work session with partners from NCDOT, Hwy 17/64 Association, and Regional Transportation Alliance. The current state of the corridor was discussed by NCDOT Engineers and NC East CEO Vann Rogerson lead a discussion of what the next steps should be. Over 200 business leaders, economic developers, university representatives, and elected officials attended the meeting. In April 2021 Business NC published an article discussing the Biden Infrastutcture plan and the importance of developing I-87 to the northeastern NC economy. In March 2021 NC East was notified that NCDOT had applied for a federal INFRA grant to accelerate the development of the corridor and lay fiber alongside the interstate. In addition to submitting a letter of support to NCDOT and USDOT, NC East requested partners and communities throughout the region to submit letters of support to USDOT. Please ask your US congressional delegation to support I-87 by contacting the USDOT and sharing how important the I-87 corridor is for eastern NC. Our region has supported this interstate corridor for a long time. Vann Rogerson and the NC Northeast initially submitted a support letter for I-87 on May 11, 2011 – 10 years ago. Happy Anniversary.
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