NC State’s Office of External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development helps public and private entities find the right partnership opportunities, whether that’s sponsoring faculty research, hiring student interns and supporting Senior Design Projects, or identifying space on Centennial Campus.
The office also supports economic development efforts of the state of North Carolina and the Triangle region by actively recruiting companies and promoting university-industry partnerships.
Vice Chancellor Kevin Howell leads the effort to support NC State’s critical role as an economic driver across the state through innovative partnerships with industry and government. Howell most recently served as a senior advisor to the UNC System president, overseeing state and federal relations, economic and community engagement, military affairs and advancement.
Julie Smith Named NC State Assistant Vice Chancellor
As NC State’s new assistant vice chancellor for external affairs, partnerships and economic development, Julie Smith will serve as the university liaison for state and local relations.
“Julie’s legislative background and legal training, coupled with her strong leadership and exceptional people skills, will make her a great addition to our team,” said Kevin Howell, NC State’s vice chancellor for external affairs, partnerships and economic development.
The NC State Office of External Affairs is the voice of campus communications with state and local government officials. The office serves as a liaison with all state, city and county governmental agencies.
Partnerships and Economic Development
Research universities provide a rich trove of talent and resources. We help organizations forge university-industry partnerships by providing expert assistance and strategic connections. In addition, NC State actively participates in outreach and engagement projects with local communities across the state to support economic development.
The Office of Federal Relations promotes understanding of and support for NC State’s federal agenda, primarily focusing on research initiatives. As the federal government contemplates policy changes, the office communicates critical information to NC State stakeholders and seeks to effect change in policies that may impact the university's operations.
Small Business and Technology Development Center
North Carolina’s Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is an extension service of the University of North Carolina System that provides management counseling and educational services to small and midsized businesses. The SBTDC strives to boost North Carolina's economy by helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create new jobs.
created across North Carolina through NC State’s economic development partnerships