In 2017 Chatham County was one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina in the percent of new residents. North Carolina is creating jobs but, unfortunately, most of the jobs are outside our district and our residents must commute there for work. I am committed to creating opportunities for jobs here in the district; there are two Mega-Sites in Chatham County that are shovel ready for companies to grow, to thrive, and to create jobs. I will work with economic development officials at the state and county levels to ensure these Mega-Sites are on the priority list for companies looking to expand or to move to the area.
Our state economy continues to improve but many residents are still struggling to make ends meet. My jobs plan includes making it easier for our small businesses to grow while at the same time maintaining our environmental standards. It is not an either or situation, we can balance our economic interests with our environmental concerns.