A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held Tuesday morning. Gov. Bev Perdue spoke at the ceremony. Rep. David Price and Adjutant General of N.C. Maj. Gen. William E. Ingram, Jr. were among some of the notable guests.
The National Guard Joint Force Headquarters is a 237,000 sq. ft. facility. It will serve as the state command center where the governor, state and federal disaster officials can oversee emergency relief efforts.
The headquarters building also will include offices for the State Highway Patrol, Division of Emergency Management and Department of Transportation -- helping the agencies coordinate better during disasters.
According to Perdue, the construction project could create 4,200 jobs.