10:36 AM Mountain Xpress plans to cover Gov. Beverly Perdue's noon speech at the Crest Center today. Look for our Twitter updates.
12:17 PM crowd is filling the crest center in advance of gov. perdue's speech.
12:25 PM in attendance at the crest center: mayors of avl, hvl, woodfin.
12:27 PM on the menu at CIBO's lunch featuring gov. perdue: bbq, pintos, cornbread, tea.
12:30 PM gov. perdue has arrived at the crest center in woodfin and has been greeting folks.
12:32 PM elected officials abound at crest center: county cmsrs, mayors.
12:35 PM at least 200 pple in attendance to hear gov. beverly perdue at cibo luncheon.
12:43 PM gov. perdue begins speaking; the economy is her topic.
12:44 PM perdue: nc unemployment is high as it's ever been.
12:45 PM perdue: rolling out budget, i'm prepared to make the tough decisions.
12:46 PM perdue: i'll invest in job creation and retention, and in education.
12:47 PM perdue: will use federal stimulus money wisely, and it will be spread across state.
12:49 PM perdue: i'm doing unannounced site visits to state agencies.
12:49 PM perdue: buzz words are efficiency, transparency and accountability.
12:51 PM perdue: 70 bridge and highway projects already identified for stimulus cash.
12:52 PM perdue: describes hearing stories from jobless people around state.
12:53 PM perdue: short-term goal is to put people to work.
12:54 PM perdue: go to ncrecovery.net to track govt contracts and spending.
12:55 PM perdue: wnc can be leader in biotech.
12:56 PM perdue: nc can build an economy around defense industry.
12:57 PM perdue: innovation is happening in wnc, and we need to boost it.
12:58 PM perdue: wnc can be leader in green jobs and green tech.
1:00 PM perdue: we have to lower healthcare costs and nc tax burden.
1:01 PM perdue: we need to be sure public education works for us.
1:02 PM perdue: i will invest in public schools, universities and cmty colleges.
1:03 PM perdue: i'm doing a lot of industrial recruitment.
1:06 PM perdue: i see grand future for nc.
1:08 PM perdue: when times are tough, we hang together. we are one north carolina.
1:08 PM gov. perdue has finished her speech.
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