- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Pat McCrory is on his first overseas trade mission as North Carolina’s governor, visiting Britain on a short economic recruitment trip, the governor’s office said Tuesday.

McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis said the governor arrived in England early Tuesday morning and would remain there until Thursday. Ellis said the governor’s activities include meeting with executives of companies. Ellis declined to provide more details because he said the talks involved competitive economic development matters.

McCrory is in England with his new state Commerce Secretary John Skvarla, a Commerce Department business recruiter and Christopher Chung, the CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Ellis said. The new nonprofit organization is designed to work on corporate recruitment for the state.

Addressing business leaders last week, McCrory said he and Skvarla would be meeting with potential employers in the coming days.

“Manufacturing’s been a big part of his priorities and continues to be so,” Ellis said.

McCrory, who became governor in January 2013, has made other recruitment trips within the country, including one to California. Ellis said McCrory’s administration has been represented on other international recruiting trips. Previous Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker traveled to Japan last year, for example.

Ellis said the cost for the trip would be divided by the Commerce Department, McCrory’s office and the Economic Development Partnership. He didn’t have an estimate of those expenses late Tuesday.

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