Global TransPark still grounded in red ink
Posted March 25, 2010
The TransPark, created in 1991 as a way to boost the eastern North Carolina economy, has been a frequent target of critics who call it a waste of money. It has never achieved its goal of self-sufficiency.
The facility's operating revenue increased by 13 percent, to $1.3 million, in the 2008-09 fiscal year, which ended last June. That wasn't enough to offset its annual expenses, which dropped by 5 percent.
Auditors also expressed concern that the TransPark won't be able to repay a $36 million loan that is due next year. Lawmakers have pushed the loan deadline back before and could do so again.
A new tenant, Spirit Aero Systems, could help the TransPark's finances in the future, according to auditors. The facility received a $100 million grant from Golden LEAF, a Rocky Mount-based economic development foundation, to lure the aircraft component manufacturer to Kinston.