Office of Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships

Wake Tech's Office of Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships works to strengthen relationships with local, federal and state legislative delegations and executive agencies as well as local elected officials, to enhance their understanding of the college’s contributions, and to improve our competitiveness for new projects and appropriations. It also keeps Wake Tech's leadership informed of developments in legislation and policy likely to affect college operations and budgets.  The Office follows a wide range of legislative issues, including financial aid, grants and research, campus safety, technology, and immigration.

The Office also seeks to inform the conversation by facilitating visits to campus by legislators and staff, participating in state and national forums, making gathering spaces available for hosting events across our campuses, and serving as a resource to law and policymakers who represent our service area. Federal and state levels of government, agencies, business and industry, the general public, and the K-20 pipeline are key community partners in our efforts to develop and cultivate partnerships that support and advance the goals and objectives of the college.

This office is oftentimes the starting point for new business collaborations, including philanthropy, work-based learning/apprenticeships, advisory boards and requests for speakers and academic collaborations.

With 20 state and federally elected representatives within the boundaries of Wake County, the Office of Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships works hard to cultivate meaningful relationships that advance college priorities within the government and the community at large.

Contact Information

Matt Smith, Vice President, Development & Strategic Partnerships
Southern Wake Campus, Building M
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
[email protected]