BURLINGTON, N.C. - Burlington is working hard to attract more international businesses to the area.

  • City and state reps attended a recent recruitment trip to South Korea
  • Focused on building relationships with new companies and reconnecting with companies that have recently visited Burlington
  • Goal is to increase job growth and pay

City and state representatives recently returned from a recruitment trip to South Korea to build relationships with companies and reconnect with companies that have recently visited Burlington.

Over the course of four business days, they visited 18 companies, two business associations, had a briefing with the U.S. Embassy, and met with entrepreneurs in Gwacheon, Burlington’s sister city.

Sister Cities is an international program that promotes peace and relationships between different countries.

Representatives say the trip was a success.

“Several of those companies have already scheduled visits back to the United States, including North Carolina and Burlington, so we're looking forward to welcoming them here and touring them around and meeting some different companies,” Burlington’s Director of Economic Development Peter Bishop says.

Bishop says the goal is not just to create jobs, but to create high-paying jobs.