Aug. 1: 15th Annual North Carolina Defense and Economic Development Trade Show

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Senators. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) will host the 15th Annual North Carolina Defense & Economic Development Trade Show (DTS) on Aug. 1 at FTCC’s Horace Sisk Gymnasium (2201 Hull Rd., Fayetteville) from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Senator Burr will be in attendance to kick-off the trade show with an official ribbon cutting at 10:15 a.m.

“The Defense Trade Show at FTCC brings together more major defense contractors, North Carolina businesses, military and federal agencies and congressional delegation members than any other event in our state,”  NCMBC executive director Scott Dorney said in a news release.

“This full day includes a trade show with over 100 indoor and outdoor exhibitors, military static displays and personnel from Fort Bragg’s XVIII Airborne Corps and Pope Army Airfield and procurement-related educational activities. This combination of activities, and the Fort Bragg contracting office’s 4th quarter forecast event, make the Defense Trade Show a unique, ‘must attend’ event for businesses interested or currently working in the defense and federal marketplace.”

At the Defense Trade Show, businesses have the opportunity to build relationships with senior representatives from the congressional delegation, the Department of Defense (DoD), other federal agencies and numerous defense contracting firms, including North Carolina small businesses.

Organizers say VIP guests will include:

  • Gen. Robert B. Abram, Commanding General, US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
  • Secretary Cornell Wilson, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
  • Maj. Gen. James B. Linder, Commanding General, US Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
  • Brig. Gen. Marc Gagne, XVIII Airborne Corps, Deputy Commanding General – Operations
  • Richard Holcomb, deputy to the commanding general, US Army Special Operations Command (Fort Bragg)
  • Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Stoddard, Womack Army Medical Center.

More than 750 individuals will attend the free event, which is open to the public.

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