Strategic International Ties at the Local Level: The Case of Northern Virginia and Region Stuttgart

June 24, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Local governments around the world face similar challenges like climate change, public safety, economic development and infrastructure revitalization. By looking beyond country borders for strategies and solutions through global engagement with other local governments, communities and regions may find a way to prosper and strive.

NVRC’s 21-year relationship with the region of Stuttgart stands out as a potential model for transatlantic relations at the local and regional level. Partnerships like this prioritize transfers and applications of policy and technical innovations from abroad towards outcomes that benefit Northern Virginia’s communities economically, environmentally and socially.

In a policy paper for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung USA, authors Dr. Dale Medearis (NVRC) and Ambassador Richard Kauzlarich (George Mason University, Schar School for Public Policy, C-RASC leadership team) point out the current challenges local governments in the U.S. confront when trying to work internationally and ways in which NVRC’s model might inform potential application by other local governments in the U.S. and Europe.

The panel of experts will discuss the observations of the paper, their own work with the issue of global engagement by local governments, and thoughts about how future transatlantic ties may look like.

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