NC Rural Center
Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is now firmly in charge of helping local communities create jobs and opportunities. There are no simple answers, experts say.
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Leaders of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center see a new role for the agency and get an update on $241,000 in a special severance account for the center’s longtime president, Billy Ray Hall.
Laura Kendall, a former business associate of Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker, will work on a 60-day contract as state government takes over the functions of the Rural Economic Development Center.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced Sunday that 14 programs formerly funded by the state Rural Economic Center will get grants totaling more than $730,000 from the state Commerce Department.
With millions each year from taxpayers over the past decade, the NC Rural Economic Development Center has built up a sizable cash balance: More than $69 million in jobs money is unspent and still in the bank, largely because of delays or busted deals, records show.