Governor McCrory Addresses Business Owners at Opportunity NC Forum | Eastern North Carolina Now

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    Charlotte, N.C.     Governor Pat McCrory kicked off the first of five forums today that will help job seekers and small business owners learn about opportunities for employment with the state. Today's forum at Central Piedmont Community College was sponsored by the Governor's Office of Small and Historically Underutilized Businesses and focused on connecting minority owned businesses and job seekers with opportunities in several state agencies including public safety, transportation and health and human services. Those attending the forum also learned about upcoming projects being built through the Connect NC bonds that were passed earlier this year.

    "Connecting people with opportunities for education and jobs has been a top priority of ours since day one," said Governor McCrory. "Our state is always looking for the best talent, from technology to law enforcement to transportation and beyond. A more highly-skilled and highly-trained workforce means a stronger North Carolina."

    Governor McCrory created an advisory council on small and historically underutilized businesses in 2013.

    Central Piedmont Community College will receive $9.6 million from the Connect NC bond introduced by Governor McCrory and overwhelmingly approved by the voters in March. In total, Connect NC will invest more than $1.3 billion for new facilities and upgrades at universities and community colleges across the state.

    Since Governor McCrory entered office in January 2013, more than 300,000 new jobs have been added, the sixth most in the United States during that time. The states current unemployment rate of 4.7 percent is below the national average and the lowest it has been in eight years.

  • Contact: McCrory Communications
  •     govpress@nc.gov

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