Raleigh got a nice shoutout in the State of the Union address tonight by President Barack Obama. Speaking about jobs and General Motors returning as the number #1 automaker in the world, President Barack Obama dropped Raleigh into the mix of cities where jobs could get a push. This is obviously a hypothetical statement, but we'll take a mention in the biggest speech of the year by the president. Considering the concept of an open-source Raleigh and Red Hat moving downtown, Raleigh is sure to continue to surge in the job market over the next few years.
Or maybe he just wants to win North Carolina again this year....
Today, General Motors is back on top as the world’s number one automaker. Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories. And together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs.
We bet on American workers. We bet on American ingenuity. And tonight, the American auto industry is back.
What’s happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh. We can’t bring back every job that’s left our shores. But right now, it’s getting more expensive to do business in places like China.
Obama later referenced North Carolina and Charlotte about job growth as well. Great to see Obama considering North Carolina a place where growth is happening in a progressive way.
See the full transcript of the 2012 State of the Union speech here.