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This week, Gov. Pat McCrory announced his appointments to the North Carolina Economic Development Board, which held its first meeting under his administration today in Raleigh. Of his 22 appointees, only one, Jack Cecil of Buncombe County, hails from west of Statesville.

Cecil is president of Biltmore Farms LLC.

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The board, which is part of the state Department of Commerce, has the following duties, according to its website:

“To provide economic and community development planning for the state; recommend economic development policy to the Secretary of Commerce, the General Assembly and the Governor; recommend annually to the Governor biennial and annual appropriations for economic development programs; develop and update annually a comprehensive strategic economic development plan as provided in G.S. 143B -434.1.”

On the map below, click on the symbols to see the names and main business affiliations of the appointees, with summaries provided by McCrory’s office. (Note: Locations are accurate only to the county level and don’t indicate precise business or other addresses of appointees.)

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Jon Elliston

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  1. Thanks for bringing this to light, this is a significant omission of representation. Where are our public representatives. Is this a amendable roster in numbers or members?