The city, some local leaders say, is perfectly suited to be a major player in the world of exports.
Twenty-six speakers from local businesses and the education and government sectors gathered Thursday at the
They talked to an audience of about 200 about how people in these different areas can work together to create more jobs and improve the local economy.
"We have a lot of assets and a deep history of global engagement," said
For the past year, Toney has led an effort to establish the Global Opportunities Center in downtown
Students could use the center to find jobs and opportunities to study abroad. Companies could learn about new markets and investment opportunities while getting expert help to overcome barriers to doing business overseas. The center also might connect foreign companies with local business and education leaders.
The area already has a ?robust export business. Nearly 18 percent of the metro area's gross domestic product is made up of exports, ranking the Triad fifth in the nation.
"In the end, we're creating jobs," Toney said. "We have all the pieces in place. We want to connect the dots, create a brand and make it happen."
The center could be part of the Downtown University Campus, a
"This is all about education," said Kitchen, who is also the chief operating officer of the
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