Gov. Beverly Perdue is coming close to her goal of spending at least one working day a month in western North Carolina.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Monday that Perdue has been in Asheville eight times since becoming governor nearly a year ago.
Perdue toured the rockslide blocking Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line, made a job creation announcement and rallied support for her legislative agenda.
The Democrat from New Bern says the trips allowed her to get to know the people, places and issues that affect western North Carolina.
She's also visited Boone twice and Charlotte and Hickory frequently.
Her staff cited travel expenses in skipping an April event for the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But Perdue did attend September's rededication of the park.
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