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North Carolina Struggles to Draw Businesses to Countryside

Wall Street Journal
Published Monday, January 22, 2018
by Valerie Bauerlein

In North Carolina, the economic challenges are geographic: The state can readily lure business to its fast-growing cities but struggles to sell its vast rural territory.

The issue was underscored this month when Raleigh made the shortlist of sites for Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters, but the state lost out to Alabama on a $1.6 billion automotive-assembly plant that officials had pushed for a struggling former textile town.

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