Two common questions that Gov. Roy Cooper said he hears when recruiting out-of-state businesses is how welcoming is North Carolina to diversity, and what are the skills and training quality of its workforce.
Cooper told attendees at the annual state Manufacturing Conference, held Wednesday at Benton Convention Center, that his ability to answer both affirmatively in the post-House Bill 2 period is leading to more project commitments and job pledges.
“Do you have the people who can perform the job that I have for them?” Cooper said he is often asked by companies specializing in advanced manufacturing.
Speaking to more than 200 attendees, Cooper said “we know there are a lot of barriers to helping you develop that work force.
“Addressing those barriers — especially when manufacturing jobs require more knowledge than ever before — is perhaps where we can help you the most.”
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