Local Politics

Perdue creates logistics task force

Posted December 8, 2009 3:58 p.m. EST

— Gov. Beverly Perdue signed an executive order Tuesday creating a task force to ensure that people and goods are able to move efficiently across North Carolina.

“We must have an efficient and effective transportation system to move our people, to create jobs and to be sure our economy is globally competitive in the 21st century,” Perdue said in a statement. “Transportation is a major part of why North Carolina continues to be named the No. 1 state in America for business.

The Governor’s Logistics Task Force, headed by Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, will review transportation systems in North Carolina, including roads and highways, airports, ports, multimodal transportation and railroads. Members will focus on giving the state a competitive advantage in economic development by maximizing existing transportation systems and defining priorities for future transportation investments.

“The Logistics Task Force is going to preserve and create jobs,” Dalton said in a statement. “The ability to move goods, people and information efficiently and cost effectively is crucial to existing companies and emerging industries in North Carolina.”