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Mayor Allen Thomas stands along U.S. 264 West and discusses the $300 million Interstate loop to connect more than 100 miles of jet ports, medical centers, private industry and college campuses across eastern North Carolina to encourage widespread regional growth on Friday, March 1, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
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Mayor Allen Thomas stands along U.S. 264 West and discusses the $300 million Interstate loop to connect more than 100 miles of jet ports, medical centers, private industry and college campuses across eastern North Carolina to encourage widespread regional growth on Friday, March 1, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Interstate proposal targets growth

“The enthusiasm about working together as a region is a very significant step and connecting transportation corridors is the key building block to making economic opportunity a reality.”


Allen Thomas
Greenville mayor

By Wesley Brown

The Daily Reflector

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A $300 million, 100-mile Interstate loop proposal to connect airports, medical centers, industry and college campuses in eastern North Carolina was recognized by state legislators last week as a way to promote regional growth.

Developed by Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas, the highway system is being branded as the foundation of “Quad East,” a cooperative network of communities united to give the coastal plain a competitive economic advantage, much like the alliances formed in the Piedmont Triad, Research Triangle and Charlotte Metro areas.


The Greenville City Council plans to take the lead on Thursday by passing a resolution in support of the measure, with the hope that municipalities and boards of commissioners in Pitt, Greene, Lenoir, Wilson, Nash and Wayne counties will follow in March and April.

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They finally are moving forward...

but what airports are they referring to in this article to connect to by the loop? The counties they name Pitt, Greene, Lenoir, Wilson, Nash and Wayne as only one Pitt has an airport, and as far as medical the only one major is in Pitt. I agree this is moving forward versus local city, but find this connection a misnomer regarding airport connections. We now have roads to Raleigh to a major airport. Please explain Mayor Thomas.

now, we may be talking about something

Get your head out of downtown- uptown and get things like this started

Jack got it in one!

It is a relief to see discussion of something else other than pie-in-the-sky downtown revitalization. There is a life outside downtown, believe it or not.

Excited about what exactly?

Excited about what exactly?

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