The North Carolina State Ports Authority (NCSPA) commissioned the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at NC State University to assess the economic contribution of the state’s ocean ports for calendar year (CY) 2009, the latest full-year dataset available. The NCSPA owns and operates two ocean ports on the eastern seaboard: the Port of Wilmington and the Port of Morehead City. This project examined the current economic contribution of port services for these two publicly-owned ocean ports in North Carolina, both on a statewide and economic development region level.

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