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Public Forum — A Way Forward: Building a Globally Competitive South

November 17, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

The Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University are proud to co-host A Way Forward: Building a Globally Competitive South. This public forum is an opportunity for vigorous discussion about the globalization of the American South and how we can best prepare for the years ahead.

This event marks the official release of a new report of the same name issued by the Global Research Institute.

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Twenty-five years ago, two reports focusing on the South’s major issues were published: Halfway Home and a Long Way to Go by the Southern Growth Policies Board and Shadows on the Sunbelt by MDC. A Way Forward revisits central themes from these publications, featuring more than 30 essays containing key recommendations and strategies for building a more globally competitive South.

Attendees will hear from our state’s leaders on ways we can work collaboratively to build on North Carolina’s tradition as a leader in the South, and ensure our state’s future competitiveness.

Featured speakers and panelists:

  • Mr. J. Keith Crisco, North Carolina Secretary of Commerce
  • Mr. William B. Harrison, former CEO and board chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and chair of the Global Research Institute Advisory Board
  • Mr. James W. Owens, former CEO and board chairman of Caterpillar Inc. and member of the Board of Trustees at N.C. State
  • Dr. Shirley Prince, Executive Director of the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association
  • Mr. Thomas W. Ross, President of the University of North Carolina system

The Global Research Institute offers a forum for world-class policy relevant research on salient international issues. The Institute supports scholars working collaboratively on pressing global policy challenges.

The Institute for Emerging Issues is a public policy organization dedicated to North Carolina’s future competitiveness. By supporting collaboration among individuals from all sectors and areas of the state, IEI builds an enduring capacity for progress.


November 17, 2011
3:00 pm