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Obama to visit Cree during Triangle stop

Posted June 9, 2011 11:56 a.m. EDT

— President Barack Obama will visit energy-efficient lighting maker Cree Inc. during a stop in the Triangle next Monday, the White House said Thursday.

Obama plans to meet with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council during the trip. He also will tour Cree's manufacturing site, officials said.

Chaired by General Electric Chairman and Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt, the competitiveness council was created this year to offer suggestions on how the government can foster growth, innovation and job creation.

Obama and the council will hear from various local leaders and will focus on education and workforce training and development, officials said.

The president last visited North Carolina in December, when he discussed worker training while at Forsyth Technical College in Winston-Salem.