Facing dissolution by state government, the head of North Carolina’s Eastern Region said this week that the state-chartered economic development commission serves its 13 member counties equally and effectively.
NCER executive John Chaffee defended his organization following approval last week by the North Carolina Senate of a budget that would dissolve it and the state’s six other regional economic development commissions and transfer their duties to the Department of Commerce.
“Our charge is to help our member counties grow their economies by recruiting or starting new companies, building jobs and promoting tourism,” Chaffee said. “We’ve done things for every county in our region, including nearly $7 million in grants.”
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