North Carolina legislators and local leaders confront policy challenges that require international insight. Our Global Leaders program is based on the premise that we’re not alone in facing these challenges, and we can learn from the world.

Global Leaders delegates research an area of strategic importance to NC and travel to the country or region whose policies and practices are considered international best practices in that area.

Each Global Leaders program focuses on a specific topic. Examples include life sciences and biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, teacher education, energy, and agriculture. Exposer to international best practices and meeting international colleagues positions our leaders to guide North Carolina through global challenges and opportunities.

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Statewide Impact

Here are some important milestones resulting from the Global Leaders program:

  • International Business and Trade Caucus was established in the North Carolina General Assembly. This is the first state legislative caucus in the country devoted to enhancing international links and creating global jobs. It is a bi-partisan caucus whose founding members went on our Global Leaders program to Mexico.
  • State’s first Global Engagement Summit was held in Raleigh in the spring of 2009. Release of our global indicators report for North Carolina showed international connections in trade, demographics, economic development and education.
  • Second Global Engagement Summit and release of Blueprint for Global Engagement was held in November of 2015 at SAS. Hundreds of North Carolinians are committed to increasing global opportunities through coordinated intentionality.
  • Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee was formed in the state legislature to assure continued focus on North Carolina job creation and global opportunities.

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