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At PGA Championship, Gov. Cooper says he’s focusing on jobs, not golf

Gov. Roy Cooper (right) checks out the media center at the PGA Championship with tournament director Jason Mengel. (Rick Rothacker | Charlotte Observer) Gov. Roy Cooper (right) checks out the media center at the PGA Championship with tournament director Jason Mengel. (Rick Rothacker | Charlotte Observer)
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North Carolina Gov. Cooper made a stop at the PGA Championship on Thursday, and he said he’ll be more focused on pitching the state to prospective businesses than catching the golf action.

“I’m going to be talking to business most of the day,” Cooper said in remarks to reporters at the Quail Hollow Club course. “Hopefully, I’ll get to stand out and watch some holes.”

The visit came a day after Cooper was in Charlotte to tout an expansion by insurance giant Allstate that is expected to bring 2,250 jobs over three years. The state approved a roughly $23.7 million incentives package in exchange for the project.

The governor said a lot of advanced manufacturing companies are looking at the state, which has “mega-sites” available for new operations. Increasingly, he has been talking with companies from outside the U.S. who have an interest in bringing plants to the state, he said.

“We need to be ready for that,” Cooper said. “We need to be able to show them that we do have the workforce. We need to have enough incentives to get us to the table. I’m excited to be doing that today.”

Cooper said the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow is the sign that the Charlotte area is able to host big events and praised the tournament’s announcement Wednesday that it plans to come back to Charlotte in the future.

On another sports question, whether Major League Soccer should choose Raleigh or Charlotte for an expansion team, he was diplomatic.

“I did send a letter to the MLS and advocated they choose North Carolina,” Cooper said. “We have two great places they can come. Why not both?”

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