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States across the country are all chasing what are becoming known as "new-age" technologies. These are technologies such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, bio-informatics and others. These technologies offer the potential for long-term economic growth and well-paid jobs to employees working in these sectors. As these technologies mature, competition is intensifying to create hubs or clusters of facilities making products and businesses serving these technologies. North Carolina is the third-ranked bio-tech state in the country and has had a long association with biotechnology. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the first of its kind in the nation, was established more than 20 years ago and the Research Triangle Park has attracted a great deal of bio-tech investment. The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) biotechnology initiative, BioNetwork, is tasked with economic and workforce development for this industry. The NCCCS BioNetwork is playing a central role in ensuring North Carolina has a pipeline of world-class workers. By partnering with industry, universities and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, BioNetwork is able to draw upon resources seldom available to community college systems elsewhere. By sharing resources, North Carolina has adopted a unique strategy in the biotechnology race. With partnering, industry needs are given the broadest support, making the state even more bio-tech-business friendly.