RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue is heading back to Asia for her third and likely final time as North Carolina’s chief executive on a quick trip to encourage efforts to boost state exports and recruit businesses.
Perdue’s office said the governor, Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco and others were slated to arrive Wednesday in Tokyo, where they’ll represent the state at an annual conference promoting commerce among several Southeastern states and Japan. The governor will be returning Friday. Crisco plans a side trip to China after the conference to recruit businesses from Shanghai and elsewhere.
Perdue said in a statement Tuesday her one goal while overseas is to boost North Carolina’s business sector and generate jobs.
Perdue led trade missions to Asia in 2009 and 2011. She’s leaving office in January.
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