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recruit and retain world-class employees. ���We have offces in New Jersey,��� says Megan Lybrand, media-relations manager at BASF Plant Sciences in RTP. ���Our colleagues there are always amazed at how far our dollars can stretch here.��� The 140-year-old German company launched its plant-science unit in 1998, basing its research department at RTP. BASF���s agricultural-solutions operation also has a location Why Does Jacksonville/onsloW county, nc Belong on your short list? #1 A Workforce You Can Be Proud Of With between 600 and 800 well-trained and highly committed Marines and sailors mustering out of the service every month, we���re an HR Director���s dream come true. The customized industry training programs offered through Coastal Carolina Community College will keep your operations team happy too. #2 A Logical Location For Logistics #3 Real Estate Is Ready To Go Less than one hour from two interstates and two deepwater ports, our east coast location puts you within easy reach of a fast growing region, and within a two-day truck drive of more than 200 million U.S. and Canadian consumers. Whether you need 1 acre or 650, our certifed and shovel ready sites will take the guess-work out of your decision. Even better, with our 50,000 square foot shell building you���ll be up and running in no time. The Bottom Line There���s no way we can list all the reasons why you should consider Jacksonville and Onslow County in this ad. So give us a call, send us an email, or visit us online. There���s a lot more to this story, and we���ll be happy to share it with you. For more information contact: Sheila Pierce, Executive Director 910.347.3141 ext. 228 Proud of Our Past. A Passion for Progress. there. The company���s presence in North Carolina is largely a story of human assets. ���The Triangle is home to so many bright minds,��� Lybrand says. ���It has an international reputation that helps us bring the best minds from around the world.��� While global companies fnd it easy to recruit high-value workers to North Carolina, they also appreciate access to reliable streams of ready-to-go graduates from the state���s internationally savvy universities. ���Our college-trained workforce is ready for foreign investors,��� Walden says. ���Our academic community long ago recognized the importance of these foreign relationships.��� N.C. State���s Poole College of Management recently sharpened the international edge of its graduate programs with master���s degrees in Global Innovation Management and Global Luxury Management. The state���s well-regarded communitycollege system has a long and successful track record of supporting the workforce objectives of international companies. ���Our community colleges have built a reputation for fexibility in working with both foreign and domestic companies.��� Tom Looney agrees. The general manager of North American sales at Lenovo Group Ltd., the world���s largest computer manufacturer, says his company recruits an array of young workers from UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State and Wake Forest University. ���The talent we���re getting today out of those schools is incredibly open-minded. The kids have an international perspective when they come to work.��� One of China���s most visible companies, Lenovo made Morrisville the site of one of its two global headquarters ��� the other is in Beijing. The move came in 2005 on the heels of the then-obscure company���s $1.8 billion purchase of IBM���s personal-computing division, which had maintained a large footprint nearby. Holding on to IBM���s product-development expertise was an especially high priority. ���The PC group within IBM had talented people that would be hard to replace. We also wanted to be in an area where we could attract new talent.��� North Carolina EDG

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