Former governor Jim Hunt is still a force in state government, and he'll demonstrate that beginning Monday.
Hunt's best strategy for getting the attention of policymakers is the Institute for Emerging Issues which he helped create in 1985.
The annual forum starts tomorrow at North Carolina State University.
This year's goal is to form a consensus on how North Carolina can produce alternative fuels and conservation efforts that will create jobs while reducing pollution that many scientists say contribute to global warming.
The forum's popularity soared as Hunt's national exposure grew, helping him attract big names such as Bill and Hillary Clinton to Jimmy Carter and Bill Bradley to the late Carl Sagan.