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Strategic International Engagement at the Local & Regional Level: The Case of Northern Virginia

by Dr. Dale Medearis, Ambassador Richard D. Kauzlarich
Dr. Dale Medearis is Senior Regional Planner with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), Ambassador (ret.) Richard D. Kauzlarich is the Co-Director of CESP, Schar School of Policy and Government at the George Mason University. In this paper, the authors analyze the potential and the challenges of international cooperation for local governments.

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“Like no other period before, the U.S. Federal Government alone cannot address the sheer scale and urgency of global challenges. These include climate change, public health pandemics, social inclusion, public safety, economic development, immigration, infrastructure revitalization, and education. Global engagement by local governments is now a necessity, not an option”, the authors write in their executive summary.
They state: “For over 20 years, NVRC has pioneered a unique model of global engagement for local governments. This model has potential lessons for the rest of the United States. NVRC’s international programs emphasize the transfer and application of policy and technical innovations from overseas to Northern Virginia, creating economic, environmental, and social outcomes. NVRC’s global programs prioritize engagement with international policy and technological pioneers connected to Northern Virginia through investment, trade, and tourism.”

The views, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this report are solely those of its authors and do not reflect the views of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, or its employees.

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