RALEIGH, N.C. -- President Barack Obama arrived in North Carolina on Wednesday to promote technology-enhanced, 21st-Century manufacturing jobs as the key to an economy that offers well-paying employment for middle-class workers.
During his visit, Obama will announce “a new public-private effort to boost advanced manufacturing that attracts the kind of well-paying jobs that sustain a growing middle class,” in a speech at North Carolina State University Wednesday afternoon.
Obama revealed a consortium of 18 business and six universities, led by North Carolina State University, has been chosen to lead a manufacturing innovation institute to develop next-generation power electronics. One of those businesses includes RF Micro of Greensboro.
"I'm a big advocate of manufacturing initiatives," said Gov. Pat McCrory at Wednesday's event. "I'll be allocating budget money; my budget director has already put that in the plan, to help support this partnership between NC State, the Federal government, state government and the private sector.”