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          March 3, 2004 -- No. 115

Joint economic panel to receive study examining public research universities’ role in N.C. growth

Thursday, March 4, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cafeteria, Red Hat Building (first floor)
1801 Varsity Drive, Centennial Campus
NC State University

A consultant will brief members of a legislative panel on a new study examining the contributions that public research universities make to North Carolina’s economic development. The briefing will be held Thursday (March 4) beginning at 9:30 a.m. as part of a regular meeting of the General Assembly’s Joint Select Committee on Economic Growth and Development in the Red Hat Building on N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus.

Legislative committee members asked to be briefed on the study, which assessed opportunities for research universities to enhance their economic impact on the state. Conducted by the Huron Consulting Group and The Washington Advisory Group, the study focused on national and state trends, examined the strategic significance of research universities and made recommendations to keep North Carolina’s research campuses competitive in the future. The study focused on competitiveness issues facing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NC State.

Jim Roth, group managing director for Huron’s higher education and health-care consulting division, will present the study’s findings to joint select committee members. That session includes several agenda items as well as the Huron study. Attendees will include Chancellors James Moeser of UNC-Chapel Hill and Marye Anne Fox of NC State. Roth is expected to be available for telephone interviews after Thursday’s briefing. Copies of the study also will be available.

Directions: The Red Hat Building is located near the intersection of Varsity Drive and Main Campus Drive at Centennial Campus. Visitor parking spaces are located in the parking deck beside the Red Hat Building. Visitors are asked to park on the third and fourth floors of the parking deck. Map: http://centennial.ncsu.edu/howtogethere/maplt.htm.

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UNC contact: Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593, mike_mcfarland@unc.edu
NC State contact: Debbie Griffith, (919) 515-7373, debbie_griffith@ncsu.edu