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President of the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Susanne Sartelle began the meeting with a few words regarding recommendations made by an economic development consulting firm held at City Hotel on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily  Reflector)

President of the Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Susanne Sartelle began the meeting with a few words regarding recommendations made by an economic development consulting firm held at City Hotel on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

Editorial: Economic strategies hopeful

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The vast majority of the East Carolina University students who graduated over the weekend and those receiving diplomas from Pitt Community College tonight depart higher education with the common purpose of finding work. Unemployment has dipped somewhat of late thanks to economic recovery, but chronic joblessness remains a problem here in Greenville and Pitt County.

It was therefore interesting to see two presentations about economic development delivered last week, proposing strategies to make this community more amenable to potential business. Both reaffirmed the conclusion that innovating thinking, unshakable determination and cooperation across the public and private spheres offer the best hope of facilitating job growth.

Area residents and officials alike cheered two positive developments last week affecting the workforce. ASMO North America, an automotive parts manufacturer, will expand its Greenville operations and intends to hire as many as 200 new employees by 2016. Additionally, Walmart opened a hiring center to staff its new location in the city, with the potential of hiring 300 workers.

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