Sam Rauf, Senior Economic Development Manager, is visiting the United Kingdom this week on a Clean Energy and Workforce Development mission. A twenty person delegation comprised of senior and diverse North Carolina government officials, university and community college leaders, and economic developers will visit the United Kingdom from June 19-23.
The delegation will visit Liverpool, Manchester, and North Wales to learn more about how industries of the future such as electric vehicles, offshore wind, aerospace and more can contribute to economic development and increased trade and investment. Sample engagements include a tour of Jaguar Land Rover’s electric vehicle factory outside of Liverpool and a fireside chat on the intersection of marine energy and workforce development with policymakers and business leaders in Wrexham (Wales).
The delegation will also participate in the second North Carolina-United Kingdom Memorandum of Understanding working group meeting in Manchester on 23 June. This is the second working group meeting and follows on from the first meeting that took place in Raleigh in January. Co-hosted by the UK Department for Business and Trade and British American Business Council Carolinas, the June working group meeting will take place at Etihad Stadium in Manchester and will be co-chaired by UK Minister for Exports Lord Offord and North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Machelle Baker Sanders. Attendees will also include representatives from several leading UK businesses that have an interest in deepening trade and investment ties with the state that was recently ranked as #1 in the US in which to do business. Event sponsors include Womble Bond Dickinson, TNEI, and Zenobe.