Advocates of the N.C. Research Campus believe they have a big supporter in North Carolina’s new governor.

Gov. Bev Perdue has visited the $1.5 billion biotechnology hub several times and, as lieutenant governor, was instrumental in David Murdock’s decision to build the campus in Kannapolis.

“She was one of the early people that Mr. Murdock met with when he was contemplating the development of the campus,” Lynne Scott Safrit, president of campus developer Castle & Cooke North Carolina, wrote in an e-mail. “Her enthusiasm and her encouragement were instrumental in Mr. Murdock making a substantial investment in North Carolina.”

Murdock, the billionaire owner of Dole Food Co., is developing the 350-acre biotech complex where Cannon Mills once stood.

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