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Media Advisory: Federal Prime Contracts in North Carolina Increased by $2.4 Billion in 2020

NORTH CAROLINA (MAR 10, 2021).  The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), a business development component of North Carolina’s community colleges, is pleased to announce that businesses executed $9.5 billion in federal prime contracts in our state in FY2020 – $2.4 billion more than in FY2019. This included $6.1 billion in Department of Defense (DoD) prime contracts – $1.5 billion more than in FY2019.

“Each of these prime contracts – and 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. “Although COVID-19 negatively impacted other sectors of our economy, the federal economy in North Carolina boomed during 2020 – with COVID-19 medical and textile requirements and the Hurricane Florence Recovery program driving federal agency and DoD contracting, respectively.”

  • Prime contracts from all federal agencies executed in NC increased by $2.4 billion, from $7.1 billion in 2019 to $9.5 billion in 2020
  • DoD prime contracts executed in NC increased by $1.5 billion, from $4.6 billion in 2019 to $6.1 billion in 2020
  • Businesses in 97 NC counties performed work for the federal government as prime contractors
  • Businesses in 83 NC counties performed work for DoD as prime contractors
  • Businesses in 36 NC counties performed over $10 million in federal prime contracts
  • Businesses in 15 NC counties performed over $75 million in federal prime contracts, including:
  • Onslow: $2,253,226,271.90
  • Cumberland: $1,467,291,825.57
  • Durham: $1,364,303,388.88
  • Craven: $859,351,519.93
  • Hertford: $428,746,784.42
  • Wake: $413,048,785.24
  • Forsyth: $379,737,400.28
  • Hoke: $279,515,967.16
  • New Hanover: $255,082,143.46
  • Mecklenburg: $242,943,685.20
  • Guilford: $231,954,785.74
  • Buncombe: $153,395,625.57
  • Pasquotank: $150,162,449.46
  • Rockingham: $101,788,126.23
  • Gaston: $101,023,120.47
(segmented by county using the Department of Commerce Prosperity Zones,
  • Western Region increased $66.2 million
  • Northwest Region decreased $4.3 million
  • Southwest Region increased $46.1 million
  • Piedmont-Triad Region increased $220.8 million
  • Sandhills Region increased $108.6 million
  • North Central Region increased $891.9 million
  • Northeast Region increased $341.0 million
  • Southeast Region increased $1.4 billion
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 or visit
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About NCMBC. The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) is a business development and technology transition organization, headquartered at and supported by Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and serving at community colleges statewide. The mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina. The NCMBC’s primary goal is to increase federal revenues for businesses in North Carolina. The Department of Defense has an annual impact of $66 billion and is the second largest sector of North Carolina’s economy (12% GDP). With six major military bases, over 100 National Guard and Reserve component facilities and the third highest number of uniformed military personnel in the country, the State of North Carolina created the NCMBC to leverage opportunities with these installations, DoD commands and federal agencies operating worldwide. Supported businesses have won at least 3,772 contracts with a minimum value of $14.8 billion.

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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