Sen. Richard Burr kicked off the 2014 Federal Construction, Infrastructure & Environment (FEDCON) Summit on Oct. 16 at the Wilmington Convention Center. More than 24 federal agencies, an unprecedented number, participated in this year’s event, according to N.C. Military Business Center (NCMBC) Executive Director Scott Dorney.
The annual event, co-sponsored by the North Carolina Military Business Center, began nine years ago, and brings together federal government officials and companies that want to secure their business.
All area military installations and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers districts with oversight of civil works and military construction projects in North Carolina were represented at this year’s summit. USACE units participating included representatives from South Atlantic Division (SAD) and from Wilmington, Savannah and Charleston districts.
“The message of NCMBC is “opportunity,” Dorney said. “Our military truly does mean business for your business. The hosts, sponsors and partners in this summit are confident that today’s program will provide the critical market intelligence and knowledge of functional tools you need to help your company engage successfully in this market.”
At the moment there are thirty-three multiple-purpose projects in the Southeast that provide citizens with flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, recreation, navigation and wildlife enhancement.
The SAD operates and maintains more than 6,000 miles of federal navigable channel and 29 major harbors in the region. The division also has a growing environmental restoration workload, including the largest, single environmental restoration project in the world, the Everglades Restoration in south Florida.