The rivalry for quality jobs and significant economic development projects is far greater than mere competition among counties within North Carolina as characterized by the report. For projects which require the Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) the true rivalry is between North Carolina and other states and nations around the globe.
However, this global and national competition is intensely local in its impact on communities. These significant projects, which typically create more than 150 jobs, have the ability to provide employment for communities and their connected regions in transformative ways, perhaps for generations.
The suggestion that JDIG is not effective because those resources tend to concentrate in already-prosperous areas of the state misses the simple truth that North Carolina would not otherwise be competitive for those jobs. Employers want a concentration of workforce. The urban areas are job centers for regions, which include rural areas.
Simply put: If we do not have access to the JDIG program, our state cannot compete. Ultimately the financial responsibility in a competitive project will be shifted from the state to local governments with far fewer resources. That would further shut out rural
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