The plan for a wholesale change in the way North Carolina goes about attracting jobs and industry is out, and it sounds a lot like what N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker talked about during her tour of the state last year.
The “ North Carolina Jobs Plan” calls for industry clusters, an improved tax climate for attracting businesses, tax credits for venture capital investments, tapping the “creative class” of retirees and others, and better broadband connections to help rural area of the state.
“What’s presented today is the outcome of six months of hard work by government and business leaders who were all working toward to the same goal of improving our economy and creating jobs for North Carolinians,” said John Lassiter, chair of the N.C. Economic Development Board and president of Carolina Legal Staffing in Charlotte.
Decker unveiled a detail here and there as she traveled the state as a part of a “listening post” tour. While in Concord in November, she revealed that the state’s brand for marketing North Carolina would be showcased at the U.S. Open in June at Pinehurst.
Michael Smith, executive director of Statesville Regional Development, says he likes what he has read in the state plan.
“There are a number of significant positives in this plan from Gov. (Pat) McCrory and his Economic Development Board,” he said. “We hope the General Assembly will be able to make many of these a top priority in the upcoming short session, to better position all of N.C. to be more competitive in 2014.”