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Page 10 of 83 OF NORTH CAROLINA'S WORKFORCE ATTENDED AN NC COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN THE PAST 10 YEARS. 40% I t's easy to live in North Carolina. Enjoy the surf? There are more than 300 miles of beaches. Some have wild horses. Rather hike or ski? The Tar Heel State has Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. In between, there is a bevy of big-city culture, including museums, symphonies, professional and college sports, and the best barbecue in the country. It's easy to do business here, too. German fi lter- maker Mann+Hummel Group, for example, opened a headquarters and product-development offi ce in Raleigh to tap into the region's skilled workforce and major research institutions. St. Augustine, Fla.-based NTE Energy LLC and Atlanta- and San Francisco-based T5 Data Centers LLC, which counts AT&T Inc. and The Walt Disney Co. as tenants, found the resources they need in Kings Mountain. In western counties, outdoor- gear manufacturers have world-class testing grounds that also motivate their employees, who like to use the gear as much as make it. Enhancing the state's business climate is John Lassiter's mission. He's chairman of Economic Develop- ment Partnership of North Carolina Inc., a nonprofi t created to provide nimble and cost-effective marketing and customer service for the revamped N.C. Depart- ment of Commerce. The public-private partnership brings business assets together to help companies relocate or expand here. We chose to live, raise our families and work here because of what our state has to offer. Join us. You'll fi nd it easy to like, too. Peter Anderson, Project Editor TAKE IT EASY W E L C O M E

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