County Joins Regional Partnership To Develop N.C. Global TransPark

County Joins Regional Partnership To Develop N.C. Global TransPark

Wayne County is joining two other counties in an arrangement to help support the North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston.

Tuesday, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners heard about the potential partnership from Mark Pope, the Economic Development Director for the Global TransPark.

Pope says it’s beneficial when entities, including neighboring counties, come together to win projects.

The commissioners approved the Regional Economic Development Memorandum of Understanding with Lenoir County, Greene County, and the North Carolina Global TransPark.

The three counties will be contributing a combined $400,000 annually to the partnership.

The three counties and the Wayne County Attorney will still need to give final approval to the agreement.

ED Master Agreement FINAL september 2020 (002)

A recent development is Draken International’s decision to make its home at the Global TransPark.  Draken International, a Texas-based firm that owns the world’s largest commercial fleet of privately-owned tactical aircraft, has leased hangar and office space at the Global TransPark. Draken plans to help prepare pilots at nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force Base by acting as the enemy force during training missions and war games. The company will provide similar services for the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.


N.C. Global TransPark Economic Development Director Mark Pope addresses the Wayne County Board of Commissioners