WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue was back in our region of the state today. She visited Whiteville in Columbus County.
The governor made the trip to present the town with a gift, but she was also here to talk jobs and her budget.
The governor is making several stops around the state on a “jobs tour.” We wanted to know what specifically she has in the works for southeastern North Carolina when it comes to jobs.
Perdue first stop today was the Columbus County Courthouse. She is traveling to counties around the state giving back portraits that have been given to her over the years. But the visit is not just gift giving, the governor wanted to talk jobs.
“My concern and my focus as you would want it to be is on making sure that we put people back to work in North Carolina,” Perdue said. “Making sure people have access to capital for small business like those in Columbus County.”
Speaking of jobs, in December the governor told WWAY she was working on bringing a manufacturing company to southeastern North Carolina. Perdue says talks with the company are still in the works.
“We are still in the hunt,” she said. “We are trying to close the deal, and again I have talked to the CEO this morning coming down, and they really are just trying to decide right now with the economy the way it is globally, this is an international company, if they can afford to build another facility in North Carolina.”
Perdue also made a stop at the historic Vineland Station Depot in Whitville, where she talked about jobs again and also her budget. Perdue said while the legislature is debating numerous issues that are not worth debating, she is focused on the economy and jobs.
Most of those in attendance agreed with what the governor dicussed, but some question the stability of the area when it comes to jobs.
“I wouldn’t say we were doing good because the employment rate is low, but I think in given time she will produce all these things,” Bernie Steele of Whiteville said.
Perdue also made stops in Brunswick County, including the courthouse in Bolivia and in Leland, where she toured the Twin Precision Metal Manufacturing Company.