Gov. Roy Cooper pays visit to ECU, promotes program

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Governor Roy Cooper was in Greenville at East Carolina University on Thursday morning.

Governor Cooper made a stop to highlight his NC Invents program at the university. He visited the Innovation Design Lab, took a tour, met with school and business leaders and talked with students and professors.

The NC Invents program would help universities develop new technology that would attract investors. Cooper's budget proposal calls for $10 million for the program. He said the program would have the funding to help universities help people with ideas like innovators or entrepreneurs.

The Innovation Lab has expanded to hold tools to help people solve real-world problems and open doors to higher skilled, higher-paying careers here in eastern North Carolina.

"I think we have a lot of smart people who want to do innovative things to make money to support their family and grow businesses, in addition to getting new companies to come here to rural eastern North Carolina," Cooper said. "We also need to pay attention to what we already have."

Cooper then headed to Goldsboro for an event about recovery from Hurricane Matthew and to sign a proclamation on Youth Make a Difference Days.