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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dozens of mayors from across North Carolina were in town Thursday afternoon for their annual conference.

It’s called the Metro Mayors Coalition and it was held in downtown Wilmington.

32 mayors from the largest cities, along with local leaders, enjoyed lunch at Bakery 105.

The purpose of this annual conference is to identify issues in various areas in the community, prioritize them, and work together to accomplish them.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said they hope to ensure the state is competitive in its efforts to bring good jobs to the state.

“What I hope will come from today is that you’ll see how North Carolina is grounded and the people across our state, whether we live in a small town or a big city, we’re going to do things together,” Lyles said.

One major item Mayor Lyles wants worked on in our state is film incentives.

Lyles hopes with work our state continues to be recognized, adding that she thinks the state needs to create a more diverse economic base and a creative culture for that to happen.

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  • ginger slapp

    No, the jobs and the film industry ARE GONE. As much chance of returning to NC as textiles or furniture. Make sure to send thanks to McCrory and the NCGA.

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