North Carolina Ranked #1

JUNE 20, 2005 -- Business is good in North Carolina and at least one group would say it's the best.

The magazine "Southern Business and Development" has named North Carolina as the state of the year.

It's ranked number one for having the largest business deals in 2004.

One such deal involves Verizon Wireless. They made a decision to spend nearly $30 million to build a new call center in Wilmington. The new center gave a boost to the local economy and offered more than 1,200 jobs.