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Gov. Perdue sheds some light on plan to draw big employer to Cape Fear

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue says she met with a big employer last week about setting up shop in our region, but details are still very hush-hush.

The governor would not confirm whether the company she met with is the one publicly rumored to be considering a move to Brunswick County.

“I am precluded for a lot of reasons for speaking about an ongoing economic investment project,” Gov. Perdue said during a visit to Wilmington Thursday. “I would love to be able to give you a status report, but somebody would cut my tongue out if I did.”

State and local leaders won’t say much about Project Road Runner, as they try to avoid jeopardizing such a huge project.

Caterpillar reportedly wants to relocate a factory with 1,4 00 jobs closer to its facility in Cary. Sources told us that they met with the construction equipment manufacturer last week.

“I was here last week, and after talking with the company, I’m not going to call the company’s name, after talking to the company about what they needed to see during their visit, they told me they wanted to know about the quality of the workforce and the quality of the school system,” Perdue said.

While in town Thursday to meet with area school leaders, the governor talked tentatively about this huge possibility for the Cape Fear region.

“These CEO’s that can go anywhere in the world and are ready to plunk down a half-billion dollars for infrastructure in a company, they want to know whether New Hanover County and Brunswick County is committed to education, to the public schools, the community colleges and the universities, or they’ll go to another state with that commitment,” Perdue said. “It’s a big wide playing field out there for jobs.”

A spokesperson from Caterpillar says a final decision on the plant will be made by April 1.

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