Local Officials Confirm What We Already Know

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

It appears that as the nation goes, so goes our economy here in Eastern Carolina.

Officials with the Eastern Region presented the state of our economy Monday in Lenoir County. Numbers show that the economy in the east mirrored much of the nations economic downturn.

Officials hope strengthening the state community college system will be a catalyst to jump start our economy, but expect the downturn to continue until late in the year. This means an addition to more than 400 thousand people out of work.

Leaders say it's also important for them to focus on transportation. That along with education provide a foundation for growth in the region.

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  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 28, 2009 at 05:40 AM
  • by Ben Location: Havelock on Jan 27, 2009 at 04:46 PM
    To: gary Location: washington...It is not the Gov, per say. Don't buy foreign made products. Trust me, we have got to get on the butts of our politicians, but we have to watch what we buy. I am a poor man, and I need every deal that I can get, but to win this thing, we must "Buy American."
  • by gary Location: washington on Jan 27, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    What ever happend to MADE IN USA, now its made in china. that is where our jobs/economy has gone. Thanks alot government!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 27, 2009 at 09:06 AM
    Ben, It doesn't matter whether you take your money to the 'big box store' or the 'local guy', everything on the shelf was made in China, Mexico, or some other country. Every time one of you guys starts complaining about Wal-Mart or the others, I make the same statement: Go to any store you want to, there is almost nothing made here in the USA. So does it really matter who you buy it from? At the very least you can save some money by purchasing at Wal-Mart, Target, etc. But go ahead, try buying strictly American made products.....let us know how much you can find and still meet your needs. Most of what is claimed to be made in America is merely ASSEMBLED in America. I have a Ford truck that was supposedly made in Norfolk, Va. (plant now closed). On the leaf spring it says Made in Mexico. The bottom line is, we make almost nothing here. We just simply ship in some parts and put it together. So to sum it up, buy American, let us know how that works out for you.
  • by Phil Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2009 at 07:31 AM
    Man I feel so much better now that our fearless leaders have said the economy is bad. By the way, I wonder if TAX PAYER money put on this meeting of idiots. This meeting was all show and tell, and it makes me sick.
  • by Kathy Location: Washington on Jan 27, 2009 at 04:30 AM
    74,100 people lost their jobs in the US just yesterday! I hope Obama has a bail-out plan for them.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 26, 2009 at 09:09 PM
    This must have been a brain strain for these officals. Just how will the community college systen jump start the economy?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Home of the Global Transpark. I thought it was going to create hundreds of jobs for Lenoir County.Right. It filled a few certain individuals wallets, and thats it.
  • by Ben Location: Havelock on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    I was in Myrtle Beach when the Air Force pulled out. All the money left too. It was instant death to the economy. That is what we are doing when we take our money to Wally World. Most of it goes to Arkansas, and a big part of that goes to China. We (you)keep sending our money away. Now we're gonna sing the blues, but we (you) are the ones that did it. I personally don't shop there, and I have been warning people for the last 10 years, but nobody listens. If you don't spend locally, the money leaves the area. "HELLO"...

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