More details released on NC commerce retooling

May. 29, 2013 @ 03:42 PM

North Carolina's commerce secretary says creating a private nonprofit corporation to perform many of her agency's duties would help the state respond more swiftly to economic needs.

Sharon Decker unveiled more details Wednesday to the House commerce committee about a proposed North Carolina Economic Development Partnership. It comes almost two months after Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled the concept. The administration wants the General Assembly to pass legislation to get the partnership going.

The partnership would take over the department's responsibilities for travel and tourism, international trade and economic recruitment and development. It would also work more closely with local communities with stubbornly high unemployment.

Committee members gave generally favorable remarks to the idea, but several lawmakers are concerned that current regional economic development commissions would be eliminated by next summer.