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N.C. Governor Voices Support for High Point Market

North Carolina's Governor toured two furniture showrooms Monday and verbally committed to continued support of the High Point Market. 

Gov. Pat McCrory smiled as he toured two furniture market showrooms Monday afternoon, intermittently plopping down onto a chair or pillowed couch to rub his hands across the fabric.

CEOs Bill Wittenberg and John Bray led McCrory through a maze of colorful furniture at both Klaussner Home Furnishings and Vanguard Furniture showrooms, respectively. Both companies are headquartered locally and part of the tradeshow that generates about $5.39 billion for the region, over $123 million in tax revenue and supports more than 37,000 jobs, according to a 2013 study by Duke University.

Despite his proposal to cut market budgeting almost in half and a reversal of that decision late last year, McCrory insists that long-term plans for market preclude that from happening again.

“That was actually a mistake. I didn’t realize it until I read it in the newspaper, but I’ve put it right back in,” McCrory said, referring to the original decision to cut market budget. “I’m going to work with leaders in this area to develop a long-term strategy. And not just for the market, but to expand the manufacturing and shopping for people who are coming into the Carolinas for furniture.”

Read Entire Story Source: High Point Enterprise 



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