"Our number one priority in North Carolina has to be jobs," Perdue said.
But the governor named three specific goals for her vision for the next year in front of a packed crowd at the Charlotte chamber Wednesday afternoon.
"You've got to find new ways, together we have to, to grow and strengthen our economy," she said.
Perdue also vowed to focus on education - launching a program to ready students for college or a career.
"Every student in North Carolina's public school system or private school system, must graduate from high schools with what it really takes to go into a career, if that's what they choose to do, or into college or technical training," she said.
The governor's third goal is to set the government straight.
"We're fed up with the dishonesty, we're fed up with the backroom dealing, and we're tired of business as usual," Perdue said.
The governor says North Carolina can reach those goals through a series of initiatives - tax incentives for small local business and reusing existing state dollars for funding.
They may be lofty goals, but the governor says she is hoping to make them a reality in 2010.
"I ask you to be part of that success, to be part of this change, to embrace the ideas I've laid out and to work with me to set North Carolina straight," Perdue said.
Governor Perdue also plans to outline her 2010 goals in the Triangle as well.