LT. Governor's Jobs Commission Comes to the Southeast

Over 100 educators, business people and community leaders from around Southeastern North Carolina met in February at Fayetteville State University to discuss the region’s workforce needs and share ideas on how schools and businesses can work together to ready graduates for 21st century jobs. The gathering was part of the Joining Our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Commission chaired by Lt. Governor Walter Dalton. The commission is meeting in each of North Carolina’s seven economic development regions as part of an effort to forge closer links between educators and business leaders.

“Today’s meeting was an important first step in creating a regional collaborative approach between business and education,” Lt. Governor Dalton told the gathering. “The reality is that we live in a global economy and we have to prepare our young people to meet the challenge of competing in that workforce.”

Steve Yost, director of North Carolina’s Southeast, offered an overview of the region’s economic development strategy.  “The emerging global economy is driving competition in company locations, job skills and technology,” Mr. Yost said.  “It is critical that we prepare our workforce for the higher skilled jobs increasingly required by globally oriented companies.”

The event also featured a discussion by a panel comprised of prominent business leaders from around the region. They included high-ranking executives from Progress Energy, GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, PPD, Inc., Campbell Soup and Dupont. An official from Ft. Bragg’s Civilian Personnel Advisory Center, part of the U.S. Army’s non-uniformed staffing division, also participated in the discussion.