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Federal Textile Summit Session: Textile Workforce and Talent Pipeline: Resources for Government and Industry (Virtual, May 18-20)

The Offices of Senator Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to host the Southeast Region Federal and Defense Textile (FEDTex) Summit.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FEDTex will be held in a virtual platform.
WHEN. May 18-20, 2021, virtually.
REGISTRATION AND COST. Registration is now open. There is no fee to attend the Summit. However, registration is required in order to receive the platform credentials.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT. This Summit connects US Department of Defense clothing and individual equipment buyers and requirements officials with textile manufacturers, supply chain, research and development, testing, workforce development and academic resources from across the southeast United States. All manufacturers of textile-based clothing, footwear, equipment and soldier systems – and their supply chain, workforce and R&D resources – should attend this Summit.
Session Spotlight, Textile Workforce and Talent Pipeline: Resources for Government and Industry
This session will focus on recruitment, training, employment and retention of a skilled textile workforce. Panel members will also highlight specific resources, programs and initiatives in K-12, Community College and UNC Systems, as well as textile-focused apprenticeships, internships and other sources of talent – including the transitioning military workforce.
  • Sam Buff, Manufacturing & Textile Innovation Network, Gaston College & Catawba Valley Community College
  • Jasmine Cox, Textile Technology Center, Gaston College
  • Melissa Sharp, North Carolina State University, Wilson College of Textiles
  • Becky Lewis, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America
  • Jim Bryan, Fairystone Fabrics
  • Sara Krasley, Shimmy Technologies
  • Chris Harrington, Elastic Technologies


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