Speed networking featured at NC construction summit


The Wilmington Convention Center will be the site of a major statewide military and federal construction summit Oct. 19 and 20.

The once-a-year N.C. Federal Construction and Infrastructure Summit (FEDCON), formerly called MILCON, will focus on new construction opportunities, said Scott Dorney, executive director of the N.C. Military Business Center, which hosts the summit.

Attendance is restricted to general and specialty contractors in North Carolina, design firms, construction supply firms and current federal prime contractors seeking North Carolina partners and suppliers. The summit will feature speed networking with federal agencies, presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and an exhibitor expo.

The summit also will focus on roadway, energy, environmental and infrastructure requirements of both the military and civilian federal agencies in North Carolina, Dorney said.

The summit’s name was changed this year to FEDCON to reflect not only an emphasis on military construction at the state’s bases but construction requirements of other federal agencies. Those include the Coast Guard, General Services Administration Public Building Service, and the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security and Agriculture, according to Dorney.

Among those attending will be Major Gen. Jeffrey J. Dorko, deputy commanding general, military and international operations, for the Army Corps of Engineers; and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, commanding general Marine Corps Installations East.

The conference will include discussions of new military construction projects, infrastructure construction projects and sustainment, restoration and modernization construction in fiscal year 2012, which starts in October. Other subjects include energy and environmental construction and engineering opportunities; and federal construction contracting processes. Individual admission is $105.

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