Paul Fogleman,

North Carolina senators and representatives may be looking a infrastructure programs, including internet access to towns in rural areas. Work-based apprenticeships with agencies like the Manufacturing Solutions Center, the Textile Technology Center, and more support for community colleges could be on the agenda. Seek industry input in the design of curriculum. And move more government offices out of Washington DC and Raleigh.

Encourage smaller communities to rethink traditional approaches to attracting industry. Just setting aside land or offering incentives are not enough. Amazon in its search for a new headquarters employing 50,000 people listed cutting-edge universities, top-level infrastructure, and cultural diversity as priorities. A Hickory NC bid was among the 238 Amazon received. This was from a community not to be bound to the past.

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