Just because the state’s economy is doing well doesn’t mean everyone is. In fact, there are pockets of the state that are heading toward becoming economic deserts if something isn’t done — and the Triad is one of them.
For example, Charlotte now has more than a million people who are employed. Twenty years ago, the Raleigh-Durham area had fewer people employed than the Triad but has, over those two decades, increased its number by more almost 300 percent. The Triad has the same number of people employed today as it did 20 years ago, with hundreds of thousands more people living here.
But, the people who do live here tend to be older — how many of you who live here have children who moved away, as soon as they could, after college? That’s going to continue to happen, economic developers say, unless something drastic happens. And Sam Simpson believe he has just the thing. See what it is, in this edition of the Buckley Report.