Gov. Perdue Establishes the NC Innovation Council

Gov. Perdue Establishes the NC Innovation Council

Gov. Perdue on Monday announced the creation of the first North Carolina Innovation Council. The purpose of the Council is to foster strategic investments and policies in the growing knowledge and innovation economy. Perdue made the announcement after touring a lab in the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Winston-Salem.

“To continue growing jobs in North Carolina we must make sure this state is poised to compete globally in the 21st century,” said Perdue. “Innovation is North Carolina’s launch pad to success in the global economy, and it’s a primary way for us to maintain and sharpen our competitive edge.”

Executive Order No. 29 establishes the North Carolina Innovation Council and empowers it to advise the Governor on:

  • coordinating public and private investments and policies to promote innovation;
  • moving innovative ideas from the lab to the marketplace more efficiently; and
  • strengthening collaboration among business, academia, state and local government.

The Council’s membership will draw on a broad spectrum of expertise in entrepreneurship, science, academia and government. It will be co-chaired by Steve Nelson, managing partner of the Wakefield Group, and Al Delia, senior advisor to the Governor.

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