Millions of vacationers flock to North Carolina's Outer Banks each year. via Adobe Stock

NC - NC's Coastal Areas Could Get Economic Boost from Moving Forward Act

NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Congress is considering a bill that would provide funding to coastal communities for investment in ocean and coastal-habitat restoration.

Advocates say the Moving Forward Act, which U.S. House lawmakers recently passed, would reduce the economic sting caused by the coronavirus, especially in coastal communities that rely on summer tourism. Dan Crawford, director of government relations at the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, said the state has a collection of shovel-ready projects.

"People need to know just what a great investment it's going to be. It's a great down payment to start the process of accepting and moving forward with a clean economy," Crawford said. "And, at a time when the economy has been decimated by the pandemic, it's going to get folks back to work."

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