Gov. Roy Cooper to speak at Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D)

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) will visit the Outer Banks on Thursday, April 12, to speak at the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce 2018 Economic Summit.

The event is from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk.

Tickets are $25 per person for chamber members, $50 for non-members.

Cooper is expected to discuss workforce development, a primary focus for his administration. His NC Job Ready initiative dovetails with his efforts to raise the graduation rate and increase the number of residents with post-secondary education or credentials.

Cooper also is likely to discuss his Hometown Strong program — which partners with local governments to support local economies, improve infrastructure, and strengthen rural communities — and the Skillful State Network.

On Feb. 14, Cooper announced North Carolina has joined the Skillful State Network, a network of 20 states committed to finding innovative ways to help prepare people for a 21st century labor market.

“I want North Carolinians to be better educated, healthier, and have more money in their pockets so that they can live more abundant, purposeful lives,” Gov. Cooper said in a press release. “The linchpin to achieving that goal is to help people get good-paying jobs to support themselves and their families. Every state is facing economic challenges and adapting their workforce systems to overcome those challenges. We are thrilled to join the Skillful Network to learn from other states innovating in workforce development and to share our challenges and successes with them as well.”

The 19 other states in the Skillful State Network include:

  1. Colorado
  2. Arkansas
  3. Delaware
  4. Illinois
  5. Indiana
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Montana
  8. New Jersey
  9. North Dakota
  10. Ohio
  11. Oklahoma
  12. Rhode Island
  13. South Dakota
  14. Tennessee
  15. Utah
  16. Vermont
  17. Virginia
  18. Washington
  19. Wisconsin

Jerry Jennings, Division 1 Engineer, NC Department of Transportation also will speak at the chamber’s 2018 Economic Summit. Jennings will provide an update on the Bonner Bridge, the Mid-Currituck Bridge and Jug Handle Bridge for Hatteras.

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