For the sixth time in seven years, North Carolina has been named the "Top Business Climate" in the country by Site Selection magazine. North Carolinians should be proud of this achievement, but we should not be satisfied until our success as a business climate is matched in other areas.
We must commit ourselves to discrimination-free workplaces, well-funded and effective schools, safe and sustainable communities, healthy children and a healthy environment, and honest and responsive government. Today I am releasing a short video where I comment on our top business ranking and emphasize the need for North Carolina to lead on other issues—including addressing continuing racial inequalities and freeing public health from right wing politics—in order to justify our reputation not just as a great place to do business, but as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
Success in these other areas will make future business success possible. More importantly, they will make it meaningful. And while we've made progress on social justice and quality of life issues during the past forty years—my lifetime—there is more— much more—we need to do.
I hope you will take a minute to watch my new video and encourage others to do so as well. I'm running for Lt. Governor because I believe that North Carolina should be number one, not just in one thing that matters a lot—being a great state in which to do business — but in all the things that matter most.