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Gov. Cooper, experts address economic mobility in Charlotte

The governor spoke at NC State University's Institute for Emerging Issues' ReCONNECT forum.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and other experts met in uptown Charlotte Tuesday to discuss potential solutions to job mobility and economic development issues.

The meeting is part of NC State University's Institute for Emerging Issues' ReCONNECT forum.

The governor said an educated workforce has become a growing concern to CEOs of major companies.

"They're not talking to me about cutting the corporate tax rate," Cooper said. "They're talking to me about do you have the people who could perform the jobs that we create? Do you have the workforce?"

One of Cooper's concerns is low teacher pay as a barrier to keeping teachers and encouraging kids to become teachers themselves.

"We need to lift the level of respect for our educators up and that means a greater investment in our public schools," Cooper said.

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