Obama visits Charlotte-based green power company, talks job creation

U.S. President Barack Obama recently visited Charlotte-based Celgard, a green power technology manufacturer, to deliver a message that focused on job growth and economic issues.

President Obama tied Celgard’s planned expansion of green jobs to a broader message about job creation. With help from the administration’s stimulus package, Celgard is planning to hire 300 new workers, local media reported.

“I want to improve the short-term jobs picture, but I also want to improve the long-term prospects for our economy,” Obama told an audience at the Charlotte Celgard plant. “In no area is America more primed to lead than in clean energy.”

Green energy and related industry are poised to play a big role in economic growth in the Charlotte area, local media reports indicate. Charlotte is home to several green technology and manufacturing companies and is the home of Duke Energy, which uses hydropower, wind and other renewable sources in its electricity generation mix.

In July, Charlotte will host the year’s largest gathering of hydropower professionals.

The HydroVision International Conference and Exhibition is planned for July 27-30, 2010, at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Obama’s visit came as the Labor Department said that employers added 162,000 non-farm payroll jobs in March.

Labor Department estimates suggest that a record 6.4 million Americans have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer.

“While we’ve come a long way, we’ve still got a ways to go,” Obama said.

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