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McCrory meets with economic development team, which has a Charlotte flavor

RALEIGH Gov. Pat McCrory kicked off the state’s latest push for job growth Wednesday morning with remarks to an economic development team that has a distinctly Charlotte flavor.

The governor spoke to the new N.C. Economic Development Board headed by his friend and former Charlotte City Council colleague, John Lassiter.

They were joined by Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, a former chair of the Charlotte Chamber, and the governor’s economic policy adviser, Tony Almeida, a former Duke Energy executive.

The new 22-member board is charged with developing the state’s first strategic economic development plan since 2004.

“It can’t be a short-term fix; it’s got to be a long-term fix,” McCrory told the new board.

McCrory has proposed a new approach to economic development. The centerpiece would be a new public-private partnership that would take over many duties of the Commerce Department. However legislation to create that is stuck in the House, with the clock running down on the legislative session.

The new economic development board, meanwhile, is expected to develop a strategic plan by year’s end.

Wednesday its members were scheduled to break into work groups to start the process.

“Our responsibility is pretty straightforward,” Lassiter told the group. “We’re going to build a road map of where North Carolina needs to go.”

Lassiter headed the city council’s economic development committee when McCrory was mayor. He was also McCrory’s first campaign manager and had a prominent role in the governor’s transition team.

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