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Media Advisory: Federal Prime Contracts in North Carolina Exceeded $7.3 Billion in 2021

NORTH CAROLINA (MARCH 24, 2022).  The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), a business development and technology transition entity of the State of North Carolina, embedded in the State’s community colleges and headquartered at Fayetteville Technical Community College, is pleased to announce that businesses executed $7.3 billion in federal prime contracts in our state in FY2021.  This included $3.8 billion in Department of Defense (DoD) prime contracts.

“Each of these prime contracts – and perhaps billions more in subcontracts – grows jobs, expands the economy and tax base and improves quality of life for everyone in North Carolina,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC Executive Director.  “The defense and federal economy in North Carolina remained strong in 2021, as the COVID- and hurricane-related surge of 2020 passed and businesses across the state leveraged sustained opportunities to grow their federal business portfolios.”


  • Prime contracts from all federal agencies executed in North Carolina: $7.3 billion
  • Department of Defense prime contracts executed in North Carolina: $3.8 billion
  • Business in 97 counties performed work for the federal government as prime contractors
  • Businesses in 82 counties performed work for the Department of Defense as prime contractors
  • Businesses in 35 counties performed over $10 million in federal prime contracts
  • Businesses in 15 counties performed over $75 million in federal prime contracts, including:
    • Cumberland: $1,457,469,978.57
    • Durham: $1,203,204,600.08
    • Onslow: $908,575,466.07
    • New Hanover: $478,558,731.31
    • Pasquotank: $409,865,905.30
    • Wake: $385,514,339.74
    • Craven: $340,178,935.13
    • Robeson: $321,813,220.65
    • Mecklenburg: $236,819,475.07
    • Guilford: $216,748,217.59
    • Buncombe: $156,585,331.08
    • Orange: $113,155,795.33
    • Alamance: $108,869,304.68
    • Wayne: $94,142,203.24
    • Rockingham: $92,403,399.09
Click here to download a “heat map” of federal contracting by county in North Carolina.  For a full list of county data and additional information, contact Courtney Smedick at

The NC Military Business Center, the NC Community College System, and the State of North Carolina do not officially endorse events. These items are posted strictly for the information and convenience of NCMBC customers.

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