Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.) visited Greenville on Thursday to honor the National Day of Prayer.
The governor attended a ceremony at the Pitt County Courthouse, on W. 3rd Street, at about 12:15 p.m.
NewsChannel 12 caught up with the Governor after the event to find out his plans for Greenville before he ate lunch at Winslow's Restaurant.
"Well, first thing we are doing for the first time since 1988, we're changing the formula on how transportation money is distributed. And we're actually including the economic development and growth as a factor so Greenville should benefit from literally building roads and transportation based not about politics but where it's needed,” Governor McCrory said.
Mayor Allen Thomas said transportation and helping connect the city to the rest of the state is the foundation for building up Greenville.
"Let's face it. If we can't have infrastructure we can't grow and thrive and add value to North Carolina,” he said.
However, Mayor Thomas said he is confident the Governor cares about Eastern Carolina.
“If we don't have transportation dollars, we can't thrive. So, Greenville has a very important role as being a hub in the East and I'm going to work with [the Governor] closely to make sure we keep that strength here,” Mayor Thomas said.
In response to why transportation is vital for community growth, the governor said, “it will help people get to and from jobs, to and from the ports, to and from other metropolitan centers, which will create jobs.”
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National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday of May every year, designated by the U.S. Congress. The law that made it an annual day of observance was enacted in 1952.