A future for industrial development
In the early 1950s, North Carolina struggled to build a competitive industrial economy.
Like much of the South, our economic growth still depended heavily on agriculture and low-wage manufacturing jobs. The post-WWII generation enjoyed access to education thanks to the proliferation of universities and community colleges — but many were unable to find the high-paying jobs they were qualified for without leaving the state. The resulting brain drain threatened to leave us with an aging population and a stagnant economy.
— Elizabeth J. Aycock, North Carolina leader and philanthropist