An economic and job stimulus plan being pushed by a Bladen County native over the past few years recently received some surprise recognition.
In response to President Obama's State of the Union address , Arthur Rich, Republican candidate for North Carolina's 1st Congressional District, said, "Whether intentional or coincidental, I finally heard a positive response to my jobs/economic programs from no less than the President of the United States!
"During my former campaign for lieutenant governor, I furnished these programs for job development, innovation, housing revitalization, student loan modification and personal retirement to both U.S. senators and even faxed a copy of my plan to Vice President Joe Biden's office in 2012.
"A list of inventions and innovations from within North Carolina was also provided," Rich said in a statement. "In addition, I offered the outline of my plans to a number of N.C. representatives on both sides of the aisle and to several state officials."
Rich never received any response on that information, but it didn't slow him any.
"Although there was no response, I was convinced that my plans had the potential to create thousands of jobs, not only in North Carolina, but globally, and create a better life for millions of people," he said. "I decided to run for the U.S. Congress to move these ideas from the concept stage to a reality for those who want a decent paying job or career."
Rich is a native of Garland, on the Bladen County side, and is an accountant in Greenville.
"There are thousands of jobs at the idea/concept stage that exist within N.C.'s 1st District," Rich said. "As your representative I can take steps toward making this a reality rather than waiting for those who promote job development with no perception of the functions involved -- other than millions in cash and incentives."
After hearing what President Obama had to say, Rich said he is heartened.
"It is ironic -- after five years of promoting my plan of an America that allows businesses to prosper and offer opportunity for many people who are now suffering, I get to hear a general description of my programs in the State of Union Address," he said.