Gov. Perdue’s speech (The Twitter report)

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 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.

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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