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Quad-east highway could grow economy

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The phrase Quad-east is picking up steam around town. Just like the Triad or the Triangle, Quad-east is an economic force looking to expand business here in the east.

From Greenville to Wilson to Goldsboro to Kinston, the four corners represent a new power house across the state.

"Rather than being communities that compete against each other, we're looking to bring this region together so we can compete in the future." Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said.  

The goal is to uniting major assets such as Vidant Medical Center, Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base and the Global Transpark. This week stake holders of the plan stood together to announce the next phase of their project, attaining the funding for a high-speed transportation loop.

"Everybody sees that this is the future. This is a vision where Eastern North Carolina needs to go.” Lenoir County Commissioner Mac Daughety said.

Leaders say this plan can work to their advantage. By collaborating, they say that lawmakers in Raleigh and Washington are more likely to pay attention to their proposals.

"They’re really big now on regionalism, and when you talk to them about a project in Lenoir County, they are not so much concerned about how it's going to affect Lenoir County, they want to know if the region is in support of the project." Daughety said.

"Instead of us individually going to the legislature, 10 different groups, there's going to be 1 group." Ayden Mayor Stephen Tripp said.

The group recently signed a joint resolution to move forward with this major transportation project. Their hope is to have it built by 2020.

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