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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue says she wants to jump start collaboration among teachers, students and entrepreneurs to develop electronic technology that improves learning for adults and children.

Perdue announced Wednesday the initiative called DigiLEARN, or the Digital Learning Institute. She chairs the group, which held a strategic planning meeting at North Carolina State University.

Perdue was elected North Carolina's first female governor in 2008 and left office a year ago after choosing not to seek re-election. Since then, the New Bern Democrat has spent time at Harvard and Duke universities and started a consulting firm.

She held a news conference with vice chairman and former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer. Perdue would not comment when asked her feeling on state government under Republican rule in North Carolina.

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