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McCrory makes first visit to Port of Wilmington, touts its role in economic development

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said he wants to build on recent successes at the port, including announcements of new refrigeration and wood-pellet facilities. Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said he wants to build on recent successes at the port, including announcements of new refrigeration and wood-pellet facilities.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Gov. Pat McCrory (R) made his first visit to the Port of Wilmington Monday, stressing its importance to the state's economic development efforts.

The visit was a continuation of McCrory's so-called "Carolina Comeback," an expansive set of initiatives he unveiled last week, which includes a 25-year plan that will focus on leveraging the state's transportation assets to promote business.

The governor said he wants to build on recent successes at the port, including announcements of new refrigeration and wood-pellet facilities.  

"We're looking for niche products that compete against the much larger ports of Savannah and Charleston and Virginia, Norfolk area," McCrory said. "And I think that's the pathway to success in growing this port and also the Morehead port."

Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata reported that the hunt for a new CEO for the ports is drawing to a close. The state has conducted an international search and will begin interviewing candidates soon, he said. Jeff Miles is acting CEO.

McCrory's visit wasn't all business. Prior to speaking to the press, the governor tried his hand at operating one of the massive cranes that load and unload containers off cargo ships that dock at the port.

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