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The N.C. Coalition for Global Competitiveness (“the Coalition) wants people all around the world to recognize and know North Carolina as a great place to invest, work, study, visit, partner, and live. We want North Carolina to be known as a global leader.

N.C. Coalition for Global Competitiveness is a private and public sector partnership of leaders from a variety of industries from all over North Carolina. The Coalition was founded in 2013 and is chaired by former N.C. Secretary of Commerce Jim Fain and coordinated by Go Global NC.

The purpose of the Coalition is to foster thought leadership and serve as a catalyst for our statewide vision for global engagement. The Coalition is focused on optimizing North Carolina’s global engagement through a comprehensive approach, including FDI, trade and workforce development to generate jobs and opportunities and create an environment for success in the global economy. Economic well-being and quality of life for all North Carolinians depends on effectively engaging the rest of the world.

The Coalition created the N.C. Blueprint for Global Engagement (2015 and 2020) and N.C.’s Global Engagement Snapshot, a road map and an online tool, to track the state’s path and progress toward global engagement. North Carolina is the first state to develop a roadmap for global engagement across all sectors – education, business, government, and community.

Leaders from all around North Carolina provided input to shape the N.C. Blueprint for Global Engagement 2020 (“the Blueprint”). The Blueprint 2020 focuses on five strategic areas that are critical for the advancement of global engagement:

  • Leadership
  • Communication and partnerships
  • Global infrastructure and logistics
  • Global economic development
  • Cross cultural competence

The Blueprint 2020 focuses on each of the five strategic areas to identify what North Carolina can do to be more globally engaged (See Blueprint 2015 here).

N.C.’s Global Engagement Snapshot (“the Snapshot”) is an online tool to benchmark and coordinate the efforts of North Carolina’s leaders to maximize the state’s global success, categorized by five strategic areas of focus identified in the Blueprint 2020. The Snapshot is the first of its kind. It serves as a clearinghouse for global engagement data, allowing North Carolina to monitor and track its global engagement efforts on an ongoing basis.  

N.C.’s Global Engagement Snapshot (“the Snapshot”), a project of the N.C. Coalition for Global Competitiveness, provides an online tool to track North Carolina’s path towards global engagement. The Snapshot includes data from 27 sources, including national, state and regional information. It is used to guide discussion and shape recommendations North Carolina’s leaders make for organizational, local, regional and state policy to support global engagement.  Additionally, the Snapshot allows Coalition to benchmark North Carolina’s success and areas of opportunity toward global engagement. 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.

Global Engagement Strategic Areas

  1. Leadership
    Dedicated and focused leadership that is informed and actively supports global engagement is essential to achieving progress. “Leadership”
    includes individuals and organizations across all sectors and at all levels.
  2. Communications and Partnerships
    We know North Carolina is an attractive place to do business, invest, study, visit, work, partner, and live. Effective internal and external communication and partnerships promoting this value proposition are essential to the success of the Coalition.
  3. Global Infrastructure & Logistics
    Global growth is all about access and movement. North Carolina must develop and maintain the infrastructure and logistics capabilities to support global opportunities, from broadband connectivity to supply and transportation systems.
  4. Cross Cultural Competence
    Our communities are more diverse than ever. We work, study, and partner with colleagues from other cultures and countries. It is imperative for North Carolina to ensure residents appreciate those differences and are educated and prepared to succeed and thrive in a global community and marketplace.
  5. Global Economic Development
    Quality of life is to a great extent defined by economic opportunities. In order to prosper in the global marketplace, we must make a concerted effort both inside and outside North Carolina to optimize global economic development.

View the Snapshot.

North Carolina Blueprint for Global Engagement 2020
The N.C. Blueprint for Global Engagement (“the Blueprint”) is a road map to elevate North Carolina’s global engagement efforts. Blueprint 2015 was the first blueprint to create a plan for a state’s global engagement across various sectors, including business, government, and education, and it was updated in 2020. The Blueprint 2020 focuses on five strategic areas that are critical for the advancement of global engagement: leadership, communications and partnership, global infrastructure and logistics, global economic development, and cross cultural competence. The Blueprint 2020 details each of the strategic areas and what North Carolina can do to be more globally engaged. North Carolina leaders in the field of global engagement provided their input to the Blueprint 2020 to ensure that it would meet the needs and goals of North Carolinians. Download the Blueprint 2020 to see what North Carolina is doing to lead the nation in global engagement  (See Blueprint 2015 here).

NC Global Advantage Forum
- an annual event that is presented by the N.C. Coalition for Global Competitiveness to focus on and celebrate the positive impacts of global leadership and engagement in North Carolina. Organizations interested in sponsoring the event can contact Rachel Page, director of data analysis and policy - Go Global NC and COO of the Coalition, at

See the 2019 Forum agenda, speaker and panelist bios, and more.

NC Global Engagement Summit - In November 2015, Go Global NC held a 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. Speakers included NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, NC Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler, and NC Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla, and Dr. Aziz Sancar, 2015 Nobel Prize Winner. The N.C. Blueprint for Global Engagement was also unveiled at the event.

See videos of the 2015 event.

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:


*Indicates subcommittee leader.

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