'Major economic development' to be made in RTP

Posted December 14, 2009

— Fourth District Congressman David Price (D-NC) and N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco are scheduled to make what is touted as a “major economic development announcement” at 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The particulars of the announcement were not disclosed. However, Price did secure some $10 million in funding for Triangle-area projects last week as part of a House of Representatives spending bill.

The biggest ticket item is an investment of $2.765 million in the National Textile Center at N.C. State “to support basic and applied research to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. textile and apparel industry,” price’s office said.

Crisco is filling in for Gov. Bev Perdue, who is traveling to eastern North Carolina to visit N.C.-based Marines who are about to deploy to Afghanistan, a Department of Commerce spokesperson said.

Other projects as announced through Price’s office:

  • $130,000 for the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s Entrepreneurship and Research and Development Training Initiative. The initiative will provide training and business development to entrepreneurs starting biotechnology companies in North Carolina.
  • $250,000 for the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center’s Rural Business Finance Program. This program is designed to support small business development in the most economically distressed counties in our state, where many traditional banks and lenders do not operate.
  • $500,000 for the High Growth and Green Jobs Initiative at Wake Technical Community College. This program will provide targeted job training to address workforce demands locally and nationally. Green jobs are a rapidly growing sector of the economy and this program will help North Carolina lead the way in creating a workforce equipped to fill the next generation of jobs.
  • $200,000 for Shodor’s Computing MATTERS project, which will help Triangle-area high school students master 21st-century work skills as apprentices and interns.
  • $300,000 for North Carolina Central University’s Institute for Black Male Achievement and Leadership. The program seeks to address the well-documented educational achievement gap between African-American males and other groups by providing academic preparation, development and training for careers in science and technology.
  • $2,765,000 for the National Textile Center at North Carolina State University to support basic and applied research to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. textile and apparel industry.
  • $2,000,000 for the State of North Carolina to help fund I-540 improvements. This is one of many infrastructure projects across the nation that are expected to create or sustain 1.5 million jobs.
  • $750,000 to aid construction of the City of Raleigh’s Capital Area Transit System Operations and Maintenance Facility. This project will replace CAT’s 30-year old facility, creating construction jobs locally, and improving area transit.

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  • jockeyshiftspringer Dec 14, 2009

    alwayz2morrow said: "when you have people attacking Obama, including Sarah Palin, saying he may not be a citizen it has everything to do with his skin color. you can keep denying it all you want but you know its absolutely the case."

    Article 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution says: "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

    I think the American people want proof that O is a citizen and he is yet to provide that proof. This has nothing to do with the color of his skin. And yes, you are angry. Get over it, quit griping, grow up, and move forward.

  • Lead by Example Dec 14, 2009

    "you people have to realize white America did a lot of damage to blacks over the years, maybe it wasn't you, but it probably was your uncles or grandfathers that did" -alwayz2morrow


    Black Americans in poverty need to follow the example of President Obama, which is to work hard to achieve your goals instead of "blaming the white man" for your problems. If someone is born in a disadvantaged situation then he/she simply needs to work harder to overcome their obstacles; society doesn't owe anyone a handout.

    The fact is that the year is 2009 and the institutionalized racism of the past is simply that, the past.

    Also, most people that dislike Obama do so on ideological grounds, not his race. Remember, he is just as much white as he is black.

  • alwayz2morrow Dec 14, 2009

    citizen 782, lol you think i'm writing a paper for school or something by posting on a blog? is that why you feel I should capitalize at the beginning of sentences and use proper grammar? if i'm using facebook chat or AIM should I do it there too? lol, I think I proved my point..people like YOU always try and demoralize someone FOR NO REASON and end up making yourself look like what we already knew, a racist.

    I bet you have no problem taking your grandparents tainted inheritance money do you? you may not be personally responsible but your generation is, and you are part of that generation, and you know what they say..the apple doesn't fall far from the tree..more and more blacks are taking responsibility as they should, its just amazing that as soon as a program is introduced to help even more people like you have a problem with it. since you are not directly responsible maybe a better option would be to take your grannys inheritance and distribute it to blacks, that sound better?

  • atozca Dec 14, 2009

    $500,000 for the High Growth and Green Jobs Initiative at Wake Technical Community College.

    "Green Jobs" cost approx. 30% more and the green benefit is unproven. I am in the industry and this is just another way to make money! It amazes me how many people will play the game. I want less pork.... I like to by my own bacon.

  • westral Dec 14, 2009

    Where were all you folks when Republicans were running up massive debt? I really would like to know. It's just amusing to me to hear all you suddenly concerned about debt. It's a crock.

  • ladyblue Dec 14, 2009

    just another pork bonanza. I don't see much of anything here that will give permanent jobs. Plenty of pork to train and retrain and train again people to get some jobs but no jobs to be had means plenty of super trained people out of work.

  • ginaosbo Dec 14, 2009

    Mr. Price, I like my "pork" with eastern NC Sauce. That old, heavy tomato based sweet stuff will just not work for me. Seeing how that is the case, would you please bring me back some more OF MY MONEY, so that we can assure that eastern NC Sauce is available to all? Thanks, great job brin home da bacon! *ARRRRRGGGGHHHHHH*

  • atozca Dec 14, 2009

    Like I said alwayz2, you sound like an angry, racist person. One day you will realize that you are in control of your own emotions and you do not have to give power to others to make you angry. There will always be repulsive people in our lives, learn how to enjoy life in spite of them.

  • alwayz2morrow Dec 14, 2009

    - atozca

    how do you know? are you black or have black friends that tell you they are getting hired for good jobs competing against other qualified whites? you cannot speak from what you do not know. just because you hear on tv that companies are "making more of an effort" to hire more qualified blacks and other minorities doesn't mean that is really happening as much as is indicated.

    and who are you to say "quite some time now"? do you know how long it takes to fix a generation that was oppressed for so long? if so maybe you should use that knowledge and solve all the world problems then..

  • HL Dec 14, 2009

    What kind of news is this other than David Price posturing and the N&O supporting a Democrat dolling out tax money to pork projects. No news here, this happens daily, just posturing. Seriously N&O folks, I thought you were rising above elementary journalism when you did an investagative series on Easely, but you revert back to an easy pen. Do you wonder why your editorial paper has declined in readers who purchase it?