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Commerce secretary pushes privatization concept for state job development

Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker expanded on Gov. Pat McCrory's recent talk about privatizing elements of the state's job-creation department. The Republican governor's budget hints that big changes are coming to the commerce department.

Decker told the Triad Business Journal: “I look at commerce as the sales and marketing arm of the state government, and we’re talking about privatizing all of that,” Decker said. ...

“Absolutely no decisions have been made about how it would be funded, or how much it would be funded, or how it would be organized,” Decker said .

"The main goal of a public-private partnership in place of a central state agency is to create a more efficient organization that can quickly respond to the needs of both existing industry and to companies looking to expand in North Carolina. “After 10 weeks working in state government, I can tell you that we can create a much leaner, fast-moving, more nimble organization,” Decker said.

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