RALEIGH — A key part of Gov. Pat McCrory’s economic development strategy is getting delayed.

State legislators were told this week that the transfer of some of the Department of Commerce’s marketing and recruitment functions to a public private partnership won’t be done by the end of the year.

Under the plan, some of the Commerce’s responsibilities for things like marketing and business recruitment will be handled by a new, separate board. Initial indication was that that change could begin next month, but that has been pushed back.

“My experience is speed is not good if you want to do things well,” said Richard Lindenmuth, the interim CEO of the NC Economic Development Partnership.

Lindenmuth says the transition effort needs to be postponed with the earliest moves not happening until the fall.

“The other thing about speed is it is very hard to communicate and response to people who are interested and concerned that we are doing the right things,” he told lawmakers this week.

Lindenmuth says in his short time he has set up leadership across the divisions. Now, they will work to develop and approach and plan for how the partnership can help better bring business to the state.

The new partnership is not working from square one. Last week the state Economic Development Board offered some ideas on bringing jobs to the state, and lawmakers are also working to finalize a bill for consideration during the short session that would set up the official organizational structure for the partnership.

– Loretta Boniti