North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper came to Central Piedmont Community College today to celebrate CNBC naming North Carolina as the "Top State for Business" in 2023.
Central Piedmont's Central Campus welcomed Gov. Cooper as he kicked off a series of statewide events to highlight North Carolina's strong and diverse workforce and the key role played by community colleges. With business and education leaders and federal, state and local elected officials in attendance, Cooper touted North Carolina's record of being a state known for strong business and industry and a responsive community college system.
"North Carolina is the best state for business for the second year in a row thanks to our well-trained, diverse, and dedicated workforce," Governor Cooper said. "Our community colleges are our not-so-secret weapon when it comes to building a talented workforce, and it's critical that we invest in our public schools, quality childcare, our community colleges and the health of North Carolina working families in order to continue this amazing success."
Central Piedmont President Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer made welcoming remarks and commented on the distinguished work and history of North Carolina's community colleges.
"Given that a world-class workforce is needed for businesses to thrive, I can't think of a better place for Governor Cooper to tout our state's consistently high business rankings. Central Piedmont and our 57 sister colleges across the state have been preparing individuals to work in high-demand careers for 60 years now," Deitemeyer said. "Through the decades, North Carolina's community colleges have responded to industry and employer needs, developing talent pipelines of well-trained, highly skilled workers who are ready to hit the ground running."
On July 11, CNBC named North Carolina as America's Top State for Business in 2023 for the second year in a row. The CNBC study looks at 86 metrics in 10 categories of competitiveness. North Carolina ranked number 1 in workforce and scored well in the economy, technology and innovation, and access to capital categories. This is only the second time in the CNBC ranking's history that a state has received the top spot two years in a row. Since 2017, North Carolina has placed in the top five of state rankings four times.
Earlier this year, North Carolina also won Site Selection Magazine's Prosperity Cup for the third year in a row, which recognizes the competitiveness of state-level economic development agencies and their success in landing capital investment projects. This year, North Carolina also won Area Development magazine's 2023 Platinum Shovel Award, which recognizes states that went above and beyond the gold standard for investment and job creation and received Business Facilities magazine's State of the Year award after a historic year of economic development and job growth.
Cooper was joined by N.C. Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders, major business leaders from the Charlotte area, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, and leaders from North Carolina's community college system and Central Piedmont Community College. Over the coming weeks, Cooper will travel across the state to spotlight North Carolina's strong community colleges and the skilled and diverse workforce they create that has made the state a standout for businesses across the country.
"North Carolina community colleges have long been the difference maker for North Carolinians who want a better job, better pay, or new opportunities. Now, the North Carolina Community College System is proving to be the difference maker in how we recruit new businesses and build talent pipelines that make good on our commitments to prepare graduates for a dynamic workplace," said North Carolina Community College System President Jeff Cox.