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Former NC Biotechnology Center Chair Appointed to State's Economic Development Board

Sue W. Cole, the former chair of the state-funded North Carolina Biotechnology Center, has been appointed by Gov. Bev Perdue to the North Carolina Economic Development Board.

The board advises Perdue and state Secretary of Commerce J. Keith Crisco on economic policy, industrial recruitment and expansion, trade policy, and travel and tourism. The board has 37 members, each serving a four-year term.

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