NC Gov. Roy Cooper visits Europe to talk business and job investment


North Carolina governor Roy Cooper in Europe talking to leaders about international business investment May 2024

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently led an economic development trip in Europe visiting France, Switzerland and Germany to talk business and international investment in the Tar Heel State.  

He was joined by first lady Kristin Cooper, Department of Commerce Chief of Staff Marqueta Welton and other state officials.  

In France, Cooper met with business leaders of Schneider Electric; in Germany, he spoke with Siemens AG about electric vehicle technology; and in Switzerland, he met with several companies including Syngenta, ABB and Novartis, according to a press release from the governor’s office.  

“Germany is the second-largest source of foreign direct investment in North Carolina,” behind Japan, according to the governor’s office. Switzerland is the fifth and France the 12th.  

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