As we continue our conversation with NC Biotech Center President and CEO Norris Tolson, he talks about the biggest companies in agriculture continuing to expand in North Carolina, especially in RTP, due partially to the work that’s done at the Biotech Center:
"They are drawn here by the University System. One of the things that we talk about all of the time is what a wonderful research and development operation we have. What the Ag Biotech people will tell you, is that if you want to be where the top notch ag research is happening, NC is the place to be. We are delighted that people like Bayer, Syngenta and BASF are here doing research because that means more products coming out and eventually more manufacturing.
They are looking to hire outstanding talent here in NC. When companies come in and want more research and development done, they look to our universities to give them the PhD’s and the Masters Degrees, but they are also going to need people that will work in the ordinary work force. Everytime we go out to recruit a company from pharmaceuticals to agriculture, one of the first things we mention is our work force. We have developed with out a doubt the number one work force training program in the world. People come here all the time and want to talk to our community college friends about what we do in our work force training program, how do we do it, how do we start and maintain it. Because we can custom make training programs to fill specific company needs. A lot of companies come for our specific worker training programs.”
We’ll hear more tomorrow on Today’s Topic from Norris Tolson, President & CEO of the North Carolina Biotech Center.