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The Challenges

How can we position North Carolina as an epicenter for regulatory science?

How can we position North Carolina as an epicenter for regulatory science?

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How do we train, retain and support world-class teachers in every classroom to secure NC’s future competitiveness?

How do we train, retain and support world-class teachers in every classroom to secure NC’s future competitiveness?

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What role should teachers play in creating community networks that support economic development efforts?

What role should teachers play in creating community networks that support economic development efforts?

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What does it mean to be a world-class teacher?

What does it mean to be a world-class teacher?

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How can we promote good oral health and address the underserved oral health needs of North Carolinians?

How can we promote good oral health and address the underserved oral health needs of North Carolinians?

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How can communities better connect local education systems and manufacturers?

How can communities better connect local education systems and manufacturers?

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How can North Carolina fully capitalize on opportunities presented by traditional and next generation manufacturing?

How can North Carolina fully capitalize on opportunities presented by traditional and next generation manufacturing?

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How do we make K-20 education relevant to workforce needs?

How do we make K-20 education relevant to workforce needs?

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How do we increase engagement and access to higher education in rural areas?

How do we increase engagement and access to higher education in rural areas?

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How do we ensure flexibility in education in ways that will meet the changing needs of students?

How do we ensure flexibility in education in ways that will meet the changing needs of students?

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How can we increase policy and environmental change that makes the healthy choice the easy choice?

How can we increase policy and environmental change that makes the healthy choice the easy choice?

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What investments should our society make to enhance North Carolina’s future economy?

What investments should our society make to enhance North Carolina’s future economy?

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How do we develop and maintain a workforce that is competitive in the global economy?

How do we develop and maintain a workforce that is competitive in the global economy?

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How do we become more energy efficient and provide an energy supply mix that will meet our growing energy needs?

How do we become more energy efficient and provide an energy supply mix that will meet our growing energy needs?

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How can North Carolina ensure that its infrastructure is less vulnerable to natural or manmade disasters?

How can North Carolina ensure that its infrastructure is less vulnerable to natural or manmade disasters?

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How can we improve healthcare access and grow an abundant and skilled health workforce to meet the demand?

How can we improve healthcare access and grow an abundant and skilled health workforce to meet the demand?

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How can we improve the quality of care that results in better health for North Carolinians?

How can we improve the quality of care that results in better health for North Carolinians?

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How do we make North Carolina’s communities more livable?

How do we make North Carolina’s communities more livable?

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How do we ensure that North Carolina has enough water capacity to meet the needs of its growing population?

How do we ensure that North Carolina has enough water capacity to meet the needs of its growing population?

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How can North Carolina provide an adequate built infrastructure while preserving its natural environment?

How can North Carolina provide an adequate built infrastructure while preserving its natural environment?

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How can communities attract and create high quality jobs in a rapidly changing economy?

How can communities attract and create high quality jobs in a rapidly changing economy?

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How do we ensure increased levels of completion throughout the education pipeline?

How do we ensure increased levels of completion throughout the education pipeline?

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