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North Carolina is committed to global success, and a unique public-private partnership is charting the way forward. The N.C. Coalition for Global Competitiveness, chaired by former N.C. Secretary of Commerce Jim Fain and coordinated by Go Global NC, is focused on making North Carolina the most globally engaged state in the nation (learn more about the Coalition below). We believe economic well-being and quality of life for all North Carolinians depends on effectively engaging the rest of the world.
We will not leave this to chance.

North Carolina is the first state in the nation to launch a “Blueprint” for global engagement.
On behalf of North Carolina, the Coalition has crafted the first state road map toward increased global engagement – the N.C. Blueprint for Global Engagement (see below for more information about the Blueprint). The Blueprint identifies six strategic areas of focus to strengthen and coordinate North Carolina’s global engagement efforts:

  1. Leadership
    Develop leadership across all sectors and at all levels that is informed and actively supports global engagement.
  2. Global Brand Identity
    Be known around the world as an attractive place to invest, work, study, visit, partner, and live.
  3. Global Infrastructure & Logistics
    Develop and maintain infrastructure and logistics capabilities to support global opportunities.
  4. Global Economic Development
    Optimize global economic development opportunities through concerted efforts both inside and outside North Carolina.
  5. Cross Cultural Competence
    Ensure that N.C. citizens are educated and prepared to succeed and thrive in a global community and market place.
  6. Collaboration & Research
    Encourage business, academic, public and private sector collaboration and research with domestic and international partners.

The Blueprint calls for a dashboard of global indicators to benchmark North Carolina’s level of global engagement. In October of 2016, the Coalition delivered this precedent-setting online tool – the N.C. Global Engagement Snapshot (scroll down for additional information about the Snapshot). Go Global NC developed the Snapshot in partnership with Elon University and RTI International. There was no model to follow. This is pioneering work that has involved hundreds of North Carolinians and we are proud to share our work.

One year after releasing the nation’s first Blueprint for Global Engagement, North Carolina is again demonstrating its long tradition of pioneering initiatives with the launch of NC’s Global Engagement Snapshot – an online tool to benchmark and coordinate efforts to maximize North Carolina’s global success.

The Snapshot presents 63 data points that build a foundation to quantify North Carolina’s engagement with the world across all sectors – education, business, government, and community. The online dashboard illustrates that North Carolina’s prosperity relies on understanding and working with the rest of world. Benchmarking the data is intended to add to the conversation about how global opportunities contribute to economic well-being and quality of life of all North Carolinians.

The Global Engagement Snapshot is a project of the N.C. Coalition for Global Competitiveness, a public-private group chaired by former N.C. Secretary of Commerce Jim Fain and established in 2013.

View the Snapshot.

The Coalition for Global Competitiveness, alongside Go Global NC, accepted the challenge to develop and implement a statewide plan for global engagement across sectors, something no other state has done. To gauge the appetite for a statewide global engagement plan, the Coalition mounted a year-long inquiry to gather input from hundreds of North Carolina business, education, cultural, government, and community leaders. During 2015, a series of regional meetings, an online survey, conference workshops, and dozens of one-on-one interviews all over the state revealed remarkable agreement about two things:

  1. A statewide global engagement strategy is necessary – we are stronger if we work together with intentionality.
  2. We must narrow our focus to a limited number of important strategies to be effective.

With resounding support for a statewide global engagement plan, the Coalition and Go Global NC (formerly Center for International Understanding) took a big step forward with the November 2015 launch of A World of Opportunity: A Blueprint for North Carolina’s Global Engagement (Blueprint). The Blueprint is a road map for elevating North Carolina’s global engagement efforts. The Blueprint identifies six strategic areas of focus necessary to be successful in a dynamic, interconnected world and highlights over 50 indicators to measure progress.

View and download the Blueprint for Global Engagement.

In November 2015, Go Global NC held summit where business, education, research, and government leaders shared their take on why it is important to understand and work with the rest of the world. Unveiled at the event was the Blueprint for Global Engagement.

Featured speakers include NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, and NC Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla. Also featured was Dr. Aziz Sancar, 2015 Nobel Prize Winner.

Watch the video playlist.

In 2013, a public-private partnership was formed among North Carolina organizations and businesses involved in international work. The N.C. Coalition for Global Competitiveness (Coalition) began as a vehicle to share information and consider ways to coordinate efforts in order to maximize North Carolina’s global economic and educational opportunities. It has evolved to become a group focused on collective impact for the good of North Carolina.

The members of the Coalition for Global Competitiveness include:

  • Haya Ajjan, Elon Center for Organizational Analytics
  • Mike Arnold, N.C. Department of the Secretary of State
  • Robert Azar, Global Medical Technologies, Inc. and Asia Strategic Advisers LLC
  • Leslie Boney, Institute for Emerging Issues
  • Michael Bustle, NCSU Global Training Initiative
  • Peter Coclanis, UNC Global Research Institute
  • Ryan Combs, Research Triangle Regional Partnership
  • Scott Daugherty, Small Business and Technology Development Center and UNC System
  • Jean Davis, MCNC
  • Charles Edwards, N.C. Department of Transportation
  • Jim Fain, Reid Street Consulting and former N.C. Secretary of Commerce
  • Tim Gabel, RTI International
  • Bill Harazin, Harazin Law
  • Charles Hayes, Hayes Group Consulting
  • Meredith Henderson, Go Global NC
  • Mike Hensen, Duke University Global Value Chains Center
  • Kathleen Henry, Wake County Economic Development
  • Barbara Herrera, Attorney
  • Jason Hill, RTI International
  • Luther Hodges, Phoenix Associates, Inc.
  • Marjorie Hodges, North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Cecilia Holden, N.C. Department of Public Instruction
  • David Howard, Chief Deputy Secretary for N.C. Department of Transportation
  • Kevin Howell, UNC System
  • Karen Johns, Senator Rick Gunn – N.C. General Assembly
  • David King, Former Deputy Secretary of the N.C. Dept of Transportation
  • Julia Kruse, UNC Kenan-Flagler Global Business Center
  • Charlé LaMonica, Worldview
  • Angel Liu, N.C. Department of Commerce
  • John Loyack, Economic Development Partnership of N.C.
  • Elaine Marshall, N.C. Secretary of State
  • Stephanie McGarrah, N.C. Healthcare Association
  • Warren Miller, Fountainworks
  • Rick Minor, N.C. Department of Commerce
  • Jim Nichols, O’Brien Atkins
  • Kimberly O’Malley, RTI International
  • Rachel Page, Go Global NC
  • Morgan Pitelka, Carolina Asia Center
  • David Robinson, Nexsen Pruet
  • Pamela Santos, Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise
  • Nick Tennyson, former N.C. Secretary of Transportation
  • Cindy Thompson, Boundless Impact
  • Peter Thornton, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Rick Van Sant, Go Global NC
  • Tom White, NCSU Economic Development Partnership
  • Tricia Willoughby, N.C. Board of Education
  • Lisa Yanke, Go Global NC
  • Steve Yost, North Carolina’s Southeast
  • Katie Bowler Young, UNC Global

For more information contact Rachel Page at (919) 237-7957 or by email: