Elizabeth City, NC – Representatives from BayFirst Solutions joined nearly 4,000 participants – including North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and numerous other state and local officials – in celebrating the 226th anniversary of the U.S. Coast Guard (“USCG”) during events held in Elizabeth City earlier this month. BayFirst CEO Kevin Gooch and Senior Vice President Tommey Meyers were on hand for the festival, which included a parade, a classic car show, amusement rides, a petting zoo, live bands and a children’s water slide.
“BayFirst has been working in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard since 2008. We are proud of the work BayFirst teams do every day in support of USCG to secure America’s maritime borders, protect the environment, and provide critical search and rescue operations,” Gooch said of BayFirst’s sponsorship of the annual Coast Guard Week.
BayFirst’s unique relationship with the USCG extends beyond support systems developed and administered by teams working at the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) in Elizabeth City. Meyers, himself a USCG veteran and graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, has led BayFirst’s recruitment efforts to hire Coast Guard veterans and active duty reservists to expand the company’s capabilities and enhance support for this strategic branch of the U.S. armed forces. At present, BayFirst employs nearly 50 team members supporting the ALC.
Originally founded in 1790 as part of the U.S. Department of Treasury, the USCG became part of the Department of Homeland Security following the attacks on 9/11. The Coast Guard has had an established base in Elizabeth City since 1940, and in May 2015, the special relationship between the base and the community became official when the Coast Guard Commandant designed Elizabeth City a “Coast Guard City.” There are presently 17 designated “Coast Guard Cities” in the U.S.
More than 8,700 civilians and 42,000 active duty personnel are employed by the USGC nationwide, with 2,200 active duty and civilian contractors working out of Elizabeth City. According the Albemarle Economic Development Commission, the air base fosters an annual economic impact of $117 million for the region, excluding the estimates of the retiree community living in and around Elizabeth City.
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