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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.

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5 Comments on "Governor talks jobs during visit"

2015 years 8 months ago

The only jobs Gov Perdue is interested in are those related to the movie industry. She has never been seriously interested in manufacturing jobs and in fact opposes anything she deems not “green”. She has not performed well as a Governor, and should be replaced at the next election.

2015 years 8 months ago

she seemed very interested in manufacturing while she was at my shop. and spent a good amount of time looking at our processes and how things were done.

2015 years 8 months ago

Twin Precision Mfg. is a joke. Maybe we should ask the Governor if she is interested in the way you treat your employees? Maybe she would be interested to know how many people you have put out of a job for no good reason. You cant even pay your bills.

2015 years 8 months ago

wonder if purdue had an apple thrown at her head while she was walking through. good thing john doesnt have good aim.

2015 years 8 months ago

you did not even cover the fund raiser at Figure 8 Island. She didn’t make that trip all the way down east just to promote jobs; although I guess raising funds to get re-elected does promote one job.


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