Some governors from across the South plan to gather in North Carolina starting Friday for three days of meetings and workshops aimed in part at helping residents of their states get jobs.
The Southern Governors Association is holding its annual meeting in Asheville. Governors, other public officials and business executives are attending. Among the topics on the agenda are how to solve a skills gap suffered by workers looking for jobs.
An association spokeswoman says governors of nine states are expected to attend. They are from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Tennessee and Virginia.
Sixteen states are members of the association.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is campaigning for president. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is speaking at an event in Perry's home state.