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Economic growth in Eastern North Carolina during the 1940s was credited largely to the war effort. Formerly an area of poverty, Eastern North Carolina profited from manufacturing and ship construction during the war era. The boost provided by war demands also led to developments in transportation and communication. Cities which experienced the most growth included Wilmington with over 100 contracts to build Liberty ships and Elizabeth City when it opened the largest Coast Guard air base in 1940.
Scattered across Eastern North Carolina are towns that have never really adjusted to several decades of systemic economic changes. Some of these old towns are revitalizing to become notable destinations. In Kinston, Vivian Howard has brought a deserted quadrant of the city back to life with Chef & the Farmer, a sleek restaurant offering soft jazz and modern Southern cuisine.
Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corporation of Jacksonville is growing at an average of nine-hundred new consumers a year. Alvin Morton, its general manager, discusses why the Jones-Onslow area is growing at one of the fastest rates in the state. In addition to the military and tourism industries, mobile home manufacturing has created new jobs and contributed to the area’s thriving economy.