Just days after the governor signed a bill creating a public-private partnership to attract jobs and promote trade and tourism, the new partner began offering jobs to some current employees of the Department of Commerce.
It has been known since January that approximately 60 commerce employees will be laid off, and that some of them will be offered positions in the new enterprise. Those offers began going out out on Friday. A commerce spokeswoman said it was too soon to disclose details.
“In respect to the people impacted by the changes, we’re not commenting on specifics at all until personal and internal information is complete,” said Kim Genardo.
The department has about 2,000 employees.
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The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina will be a private, nonprofit entity taking over the commerce agency’s recruiting, marketing and tourism functions.
Commerce has been planning for the partnership since last year, working closely with Gov. Pat McCrory and state lawmakers in anticipation of launching it as quickly as possible. The General Assembly approved legislation creating the partnership arrangement earlier this month, and on Tuesday McCrory signed it into law.
It goes into effect on Tuesday.