N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue spoke at a luncheon on Thursday hosted by the Council of Independent Business Owners. Xpress Multimedia Editor Jason Sandford provided live coverage via Twitter during the speech. Here is coverage as events unfolded, in short twitter bursts:
10:36 AM Mountain Xpress plans to cover Gov. Beverly Perdue’s noon speech at the Crest Center today. Look for our Twitter updates.
12:17 PM crowd is filling the crest center in advance of gov. perdue’s speech.
12:25 PM in attendance at the crest center: mayors of avl, hvl, woodfin.
12:27 PM on the menu at CIBO’s lunch featuring gov. perdue: bbq, pintos, cornbread, tea.
12:30 PM gov. perdue has arrived at the crest center in woodfin and has been greeting folks.
12:32 PM elected officials abound at crest center: county cmsrs, mayors.
12:35 PM at least 200 pple in attendance to hear gov. beverly perdue at cibo luncheon.
12:43 PM gov. perdue begins speaking; the economy is her topic.
12:44 PM perdue: nc unemployment is high as it’s ever been.
12:45 PM perdue: rolling out budget, i’m prepared to make the tough decisions.
12:46 PM perdue: i’ll invest in job creation and retention, and in education.
12:47 PM perdue: will use federal stimulus money wisely, and it will be spread across state.
12:49 PM perdue: i’m doing unannounced site visits to state agencies.
12:49 PM perdue: buzz words are efficiency, transparency and accountability.
12:51 PM perdue: 70 bridge and highway projects already identified for stimulus cash.
12:52 PM perdue: describes hearing stories from jobless people around state.
12:53 PM perdue: short-term goal is to put people to work.
12:54 PM perdue: go to ncrecovery.net to track govt contracts and spending.
12:55 PM perdue: wnc can be leader in biotech.
12:56 PM perdue: nc can build an economy around defense industry.
12:57 PM perdue: innovation is happening in wnc, and we need to boost it.
12:58 PM perdue: wnc can be leader in green jobs and green tech.
1:00 PM perdue: we have to lower healthcare costs and nc tax burden.
1:01 PM perdue: we need to be sure public education works for us.
1:02 PM perdue: i will invest in public schools, universities and cmty colleges.
1:03 PM perdue: i’m doing a lot of industrial recruitment.
1:06 PM perdue: i see grand future for nc.
1:08 PM perdue: when times are tough, we hang together. we are one north carolina.
1:08 PM gov. perdue has finished her speech.