WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Job creation was the topic at a summit Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) hosted at Cape Fear Community College today.
Presenters included North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco. The summit focused on issues like exporting goods and tourism.
McIntyre says the tourist industry has kept North Carolina alive, and with spring coming, it won't only help beach businesses, but all of the Cape Fear region.
"We're talking about hotels and hospitality industry and restaurants and retail businesses and convenience stores and gas stations and all of the ripple effect that affect a wide swath of counties throughout this area; not only those right on the coast," McIntyre said. "So tourism is critical for this part of North Carolina."
McIntyre plans to meet with the beach mayors and town councils to look at ways they can enhance the beaches and coastal areas to bring in more tourism dollars.