• McCrory announces 250 jobs, will announce more Wednesday

    By: Jim Bradley


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Gov. Pat McCrory's often calls North Carolina's job recruitment efforts the "Carolina Comeback." 
    This week he's using extra emphasis. 
    McCrory will spend the night in Charlotte on Tuesday and is expected to make a major job announcement in uptown Charlotte on Wednesday morning.
    In the meantime he whet the appetites of job seekers with a significant job announcement Tuesday. 
    "The Carolina Comeback is happening in Charlotte and Charlotte is leading the way," McCrory told an audience at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
    The Spectra Group will open a Charlotte office in August.  Over the next three years it hopes to create 250 new jobs. The average salary will be nearly $86,000 per year.
    Spectra provides support to the financial services industry and dovetails into a sector that already provides 57,000 jobs in the Charlotte area. 
    The company's president, Aditya Narra, said those existing jobs and businesses were a key to him choosing Charlotte. 
    He also said that rather than outsourcing jobs oversees he's hoping to make the Charlotte office a "near shore center."
    North Carolina is providing about $3 million in incentives to the company.
    The announcement comes during a good year for job recruitment in Charlotte. The Chamber of Commerce says 2,600 new jobs have been created since January.
    The governor's announcement Wednesday could push that number higher.

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