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N.C. to Explore Trade Opportunities with China in Agribusiness and Biotech

Trade & Development - Economic Development

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue and N.C. Dept. of Commerce Sec. Keith Crisco attended the Southern Governors' Association annual meeting Aug. 27–30 in Birmingham, Ala. Crisco spoke at a roundtable discussion on exploring trade opportunities in targeted industries. Specifically he spoke of opportunities for partnering and trade with China in agribusiness and biotechnology.

N.C. Biotechnology Center President and CEO Norris Tolson also served as a panelist for a business session on the role of technology in the South's economic future.

Also at the conference, Perdue announced that North Carolina will host the 2011 conference in Asheville. Perdue was also selected to chair the SGA in the coming year.

Founded in 1934, the SGA is the oldest and historically the largest of the regional governors' associations. Since its inception, SGA has represented the common interests of Southern states' chief executives and provided a vehicle for promoting them. SGA supports the work of Southern governors by providing a bipartisan, regional forum to help shape and implement national policy and solve regional problems.

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