Under the Dome

Pat McCrory: Lessons from Wolfpack Basketball

Gov. Pat McCrory used the Wolfpack's two NCAA basketball championships as examples of why North Carolina should not rest on its laurels.

Speaking to a couple of thousand people at the 28th Annual Triangle Commercial Real Estate Conference Tuesday at Raleigh's PNC Center, McCrory noted the championship banners hanging from the ceiling.

McCrory remembers that when the during the 1974 championship game, when the David Thompson-lead team beat Marquette for its first national championship, he was a senior in high school in Guilford County and worked the game as an usher at the Greensboro Coliseum.

“They won one in 1974 and it took nine years to win another and I don't think they've won one since,” the governor said.

“The message is – no matter what organization you are, whether you are in commercial real estate or whether you are a corporation, or manufacturing or whether you are a state, you can never live off your past success,” he said. “You have to rebuild that brand even after you reach the top after a very short period of time or your customers will go elsewhere.''

McCrory said North Carolina needed to “rebuild its brand,'' through a tax overhaul, energy exploration, and education changes.

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