Mary Tom Bass: ECC symposium to focus on global trade


Mary Tom Bass is director of public Information for Edgecombe Community College.


Edgecombe Community College

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 15.

At 3 p.m., Norris Tolson, CEO and president of Carolinas Gateway Partnership, will give the keynote address during the Global Education Spring Symposium at Edgecombe Community College.

Scheduled for March 15-16, the symposium will be held on the college’s Rocky Mount campus. The theme of the two-day event is global trade.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Tolson will deliver his remarks in McBryde Auditorium in the Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center.

According to the N.C. Department of Commerce, nearly one in five jobs in the state is tied to international trade.

Thanks to its central Atlantic coast location and strong communications, education and transportation infrastructures, Eastern North Carolina is ideally suited for global business and industry.

International companies are already finding success in Edgecombe County. ABB Inc. is based in Switzerland; Keihin Carolina Systems Technology, Japan; and Farmtrac, India, to name a few.

Triangle Tire Co., based in China, recently announced plans to build two manufacturing plants in Edgecombe County.

Corning Inc. has announced plans to build a global distribution center in Edgecombe County. Headquartered in New York, Corning employs approximately 45,000 worldwide.

The theme of global trade will unite other presentations during the symposium. Panel discussions and concurrent sessions will focus on medical tourism, cryptocurrency, immigration and bitcoin digital currency, among other topics.

The Global Education Spring Symposium is sponsored by the Diversity and Global Connections Committee to bring cultural awareness to the college and local community.

For more information, contact Carole Mehle at 823-5166, ext. 347, or mehlec@edgecombe.edu.