Our Mission

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Our Mission

The Institute for Emerging Issues, a non-partisan public policy organization, exists to enhance North Carolina’s long-term prosperity. IEI connects North Carolinians across sectors, regions, and perspectives for collaborative work on key emerging issues affecting our state’s future economic competitiveness. As a unit of North Carolina State University, IEI advances the University’s research, service, and outreach contributions statewide.

The Institute for Emerging Issues helps North Carolinians build consensus, then move to action. Every February, IEI’s signature Emerging Issues Forum attracts leaders in business, education, and public policy to discuss an issue with profound implications for North Carolina’s future prosperity. For three decades, the Forum and IEI’s related programmatic work have helped catalyze the policy reforms, public investments, and other proactive responses required to build an enduring capacity for progress in North Carolina.

In 2013, IEI launched the Emerging Issues Commons, an innovative, award-winning “civic engagement gallery” located in the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. IEI is expanding its connection to citizens and their concerns through the Commons, which includes a digital platform.

For more information, please visit emergingissues.org.

Vision, Mission, Values

VISION: IEI seeks a vibrant and economically competitive North Carolina led by people from various walks of life who connect to implement a common vision for bettering our state’s future.

MISSION: IEI connects North Carolinians across sectors, regions, and perspectives for collaborative work on key emerging issues affecting North Carolina’s future economic competitiveness.

VALUES: IEI’s work reflects the following values: Nonpartisanship, Engagement, Collaboration, Diversity, Stakeholder Issue Ownership, Intellectual Integrity, Transparency, Objectivity, Stewardship.