Former Charlotte mayor seeks input on fixing economy

Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 09:31 PM.

 “The election is over,” McCrory told. “We have got a lot of work to do.”

Before greeting the crowd of well wishers, McCrory met with members of the media. Then, in a closed session with area elected leaders, he discussed his need for their input in solving state problems.

New Bern Alderman Dana Outlaw said McCrory talked about the need to compete for business across state lines and the importance of protecting North Carolina’s military installations.

McCrory said he would conduct a total review of state assets and that he has had a citizen review of state government operations and policies ongoing for the five weeks. He will be hearing the reports and recommendations of those conducting them without charge, including their expenses, next week and looking to move quickly.

McCrory said he sees “immediate fires” he must address as chief executive, including learning two days ago that the Department of Health and Human Services’ new information system expected to come online in three months is not working properly.

“I’m going to deal with the short-term problems so we can look at long-term solutions,” he said.

“The East is going to be part of the recovery and I hope it leads the recovery,” McCrory said. “We will be discussing process and strategy, and I will encourage the private sector to be part of the solution.”  

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