Tomblin said the construction phase of this project alone would create about 10,000 jobs, although it was not immediately clear how he arrived at that number.
Purdue echoed Tomblin's sentiments, and his exact phrase, calling the cracker plant a "game changer for the state of West Virginia."
Texas-based Carbonyx will build a new plant in Jackson County that converts coal into a coke alternative. The project is anticipated to create 60 jobs in the construction phase, the governor said.
Matt Ballard, president of the Charleston Area Alliance, said he loved the speech's focus on educating future workforces.
"I think the business community wants to see consistency and he will bring that," Ballard said. "Tomblin is not going to take us into fiscally troubled waters."
Ballard said we're in the middle of the pack for business climate in the country. When the budget allows it, he would like to see more business taxes, like the inventory, tax be re-evaluated.
On the business franchise being phased out next year and the corporate tax being lowered to 0.1 percent, Perdue said, "It's one of those situations where you hope [businesses] will come. It appears this is starting to work."
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