Wednesday Open Line

Below are year-to-date metrics tracked by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Division of Business and Industry that illustrate some of the recent activities of the Division. The metrics include the number of new economic development projects assigned to B&I development staff; the number of economic development project announcements; the number of announced jobs created and capital invested; the number of interactions existing industry staff had with businesses throughout the state; and the number of contacts received by the Business Link North Carolina/Business ServiCenter.

Jan. 1 – July 19, 2011

New projects assigned: 203
Projects announced: 95
Jobs announced: 9,191
Capital investment Announced: $1.640B
Industry visits by existing industry staff: 888
Calls to Business Link N.C.: 10,542

It seems there’s been a lot of press releases regarding companies starting up and expanding in the state, including the big announcement in our own home town yesterday.  Are we experiencing a ‘recovery’ yet?  Or are the press releases made at every small job opportunity to make it seem that way?

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