Updated 03/08/2013 04:42 PM
MetLife latest to announce new jobs in Charlotte
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CHARLOTTE – Gov. Pat McCrory ended the week exactly where he started it -- at a jobs announcement in the Queen City.
"This has been an exciting week for North Carolina," he said. "More is to come."
The governor led MetLife's victory tour after the insurance giant announced 2,600 jobs for North Carolina, split evenly between Cary and Charlotte.
"The good news is North Carolina is open for business," said state Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker. "All of North Carolina matters and all of North Carolina needs jobs, but the economic engines of our state rest in our urban centers."
For the state's largest city, this is the latest in a string of economic development wins.
"There is a very healthy volume of companies of a variety of sizes, a variety of industry types," said Charlotte Chamber President Bob Morgan.
In the last eight days, the chamber has announced more than 1,500 jobs. The group has announced 3,200 so far in 2013 -- that's more than half the nearly 5,000 positions the chamber announced all of last year.
"I don't want to create an expectation we can't hit," Morgan said.
He said businesses aren't being spooked by political or economic uncertainty.
"Corporate America is tired of waiting for Washington. They're ready to play offense," Morgan said.
Business leaders hope that offensive brings even more companies to North Carolina.
“This economy is turning, some good things are happening, this announcement today is indicative of that," Decker said.
North Carolina offered MetLife $94 million in tax incentives to bring those jobs to North Carolina.