Decker to join regional partnerships in NYC trip

rchristensen@newsobserver.comOctober 28, 2013 

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker will be going to New York City next month with leaders of three regional economic partnerships to meet with industry consultants.

The trip is interesting because the legislature cut off funding for the seven regional economic partnerships as part of the reorganization of North Carolina's economic development efforts.

As part of the effort to reinvent themselves, the regional economic partnerships representing the Triangle, the Triad and Charlotte have joined forces to push job recruitment along the Interstate 85 corridor. They arranged a trip to New York City next month, and invited Decker to come along.

Decker pointed to the new collaborative relationship of the three large area regional partnerships as a way that local communities can be more innovative.

She acknowledged that rural regional partnerships may face a more difficult time. She said the state may have to assume a larger role in recruiting in the rural areas to help fill any vacuum.

"It's entirely up to them and their communities," Decker said of the future of the partnerships.

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