WILMINGTON – Attracting a sold-out audience of more than 500 people, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue will speak at the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s Power Breakfast on Thursday, March 25th at the Wilmington Hilton. Her talk will be a conversation with area business and community leaders about how to create and retain jobs in North Carolina. Breakfast will start at 8:00 a.m., and the presentation will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The inauguration of Beverly Eaves Perdue as the 73rd Governor of North Carolina — and its first woman governor — follows a distinguished tenure in public service focused on creating 21st century jobs, fighting for world-class public schools, and improving the health of our people. Before entering public service, Perdue worked as a public school teacher, as director of geriatric services at a community hospital in her hometown of New Bern, and earned a Ph.D. in Education Administration.
Prior to her election as Governor, Perdue established herself as one of the most active and accomplished Lieutenant Governors in North Carolina history.
Then-Lt. Governor Perdue led our state's efforts during the Defense Department's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, successfully protecting North Carolina's military bases worth $18 billion and 350,000 jobs to our economy. Building on that success, Perdue launched the NC Military Foundation to attract 21st century defense, aerospace and homeland security jobs to North Carolina. Already, the state's military economic impact has grown to more than $23 billion since the BRAC process began.
She also created the Green Business Fund to make environmental innovation investments in alternative fuels, green construction, and other clean energy technologies — positioning North Carolina to become a national leader in environmental technology and in high-wage green collar jobs.
The Business Journal created the Power Breakfast Series to give the business community and general public an opportunity to hear from community leaders about topics of interest to the region.
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