Former Charlotte mayor seeks input on fixing economy

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Gov. Pat McCrory speaks to the crowd during an inaugural visit Tuesday to Tryon Palace in New Bern.

Chuck Beckley/Halifax Media
Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 21:31 PM.

Gov. Pat McCrory was welcomed with pomp at New Bern’s Tryon Palace Tuesday for his Eastern North Carolina inaugural visit.

“I’m here for two reasons,” McCrory told area officials greeting him as the Palace Fife and Drum Crops led him onto the Palace steps. “To recognize the history of this great state and to listen to the people of this area, the mayors and commissioners and others with ideas about how to fix some of the issues with the economy Eastern North Carolina faces.”

The Republican governor officially inaugurated Saturday in the old Capitol Building in Raleigh, made New Bern one of his three inaugural stops, and he quickly dispelled any thought that his pick was because it’s the hometown of previous Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat.

“I will be back many times; get your guest room ready,” McCrory said, looking at Craven County Republican Party Chairman and Trent Woods Mayor Chuck Tyson. “I promise.”

A promise he will keep quickly as he is expected to be in Havelock on Jan. 25 for the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation gala.

New Bern Mayor Lee Bettis praised the job McCrory did in 14 years as Charlotte’s mayor to make the Queen City a “diamond.” Bettis urged McCrory to think of New Bern and Eastern North Carolina as he watched the sunrise from the Governor’s Mansion and view them as his “diamonds in the rough.”

McCrory said the goals of the state can be accomplished only with everyone working together.



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