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Etheridge named head of state Recovery Office

Posted February 1, 2011

— Former U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge will head the North Carolina Office of Economic Recovery and Investment, Gov. Bev Perdue said Tuesday. 

The seven-term Democratic Congressman replaces Dempsey Benton, who stepped down in November after leading the office for more than a year and half.

“As a former congressman, Bob Etheridge knows how important it is to continue to create jobs and provide important services across the state,” Perdue said in a statement. “It is vitally important to continue to manage North Carolina recovery funds responsibly and provide oversight as projects unfold, with an eye on the state’s best use of recovery dollars in the coming months.”

Money will go through the program through at least 2012, but nearly 80 percent of the recovery funds have already been spent. Etheridge will oversee how the money is dispersed and make sure projects under contract are getting done.

In his new position, Etheridge will oversee how federal stimulus funds are dispersed and make sure projects under contract are getting done. 

“Now that the stimulus money is out in communities, I can hit the ground running as we continue to see North Carolina through these hard times," Etheridge said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing the improvements in our infrastructure and maximizing our opportunities with state and local governments, small businesses and nonprofits.”

Etheridge, 69, was defeated in November by 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.


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  • heelbilly Feb 3, 2011

    what a joke

  • JohnFLob Feb 2, 2011

    Cute Bev, really cute. I was under the impression that you were not part of the Perdues that supply chicken products to local markets. It now appears I was wrong. This appointment is train load of chicken manure. Only someone in the business could collect so much so quickly.

    We all know 'Who both of you are" and we will remember.

  • Sherlock Feb 2, 2011

    WOW, voted out and then hired by the state, Bev is the leader of the "Good Old Boy System".

  • nccruiter Feb 2, 2011

    WOW!! Is this "Politiks as usul" by the Great Gov Bev!! Hope someone is around to give her a job as soon as her current terms expires. Tolally idotic thing to do gov. We defeat them ---you hire them.

  • gmidas1 Feb 2, 2011

    I believe the good people of NC spoke when he was voted down recently. We don't need or want this man representing us. He attempted pulling a Gore on Renee Elmers...unsucessfully. He's 69....how's about retiring Bob???

  • gunny462 Feb 2, 2011

    "i date your sister,rocker96"

    Uhh son, ya shouldn't date ya'lls sister, I'm sure there's someother piggy's out thar for ya.

  • I Change This Name Daily Feb 2, 2011

    and i don't think i need to expound on date

  • I Change This Name Daily Feb 2, 2011


    let me bring it down to your level, there gunny,

    i date your sister

  • tuckersmybaby Feb 2, 2011

    Head of State Recovery??? Please, he's part of the problem!

  • Milkman Feb 2, 2011

    Funny how WRAL moves stories getting negative comments about dems off the first page as quickly as possible. Other stories a lot more than a day old with a lot less than 180 comments are still on the front page... hmmmmm.