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Rural Center report calls for McCrory to create manufacturing council

The state's Rural Economic Development Center issued a report Monday calling for Gov. Pat McCrory to create a North Carolina Manufacturing Council that would develop policy for the state.

The council would examine the labor needs of the manufacturing sector, identify markets for the products produced here, and identify factors that are keeping North Carolina from being more competitive.

The council would also work with government and industry to come up with policies and practices to accelerate growth in manufacturing. The Rural Center report says the council should be established by May and deliver an agenda by May 2014.

The report is the product of a yearlong effort by the Rural Center to determine how to better create job and income growth in the state's manufacturing sector.

In March, the Rural Center plans offer up other recommendations for expanding manufacturing opportunities, particularly among small firms located in rural portions of the state.

The state's manufacturing sector, which employs about 440,000 people, is getting a lot of attention this week. It is also the focus of N.C. State's two-day Emerging Issues Forum, which is being held at the Raleigh Convention Center today and tomorrow.

To read the full report go here.

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