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Strengthening Manufacturers, Connecting Partners, and Scaling to Meet Opportunity: North Carolina's New Textile Industry

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This presentation was delivered at NADO's 2018 Annual Training Conference, held in Charlotte, NC on October 13-16. For more information, visit: https://www.nado.org/events/2018-annual-training-conference/

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Strengthening Manufacturers, Connecting Partners, and Scaling to Meet Opportunity: North Carolina's New Textile Industry

  1. 1. Carolina Textile District More resilient businesses. Better jobs.
  2. 2. 2 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS INITIAL FUNDING State and federal grants focused on innovation UNIQUE ENTITIES A cut and sew factory, county EDC and a regional R&D facility RESHORING Textiles was the second largest reshoring industry in 2014 2012 3 2 How it was founded. A value chain network of textile producers connected to organize and meet modern demand.
  3. 3. 3 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS “Purchasing is always a moral and not simply economic act.” Pope Benedict XVI
  4. 4. 4 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS CONSULTATIONS Each week we talk with 3-4 clients who are seeking consultation services WORKSHOPS Annually we offer 5 on-site workshops (offer webinars as well) CONNECTIONS We refer about 100 clients each year to cut and sew companies 3-4 5 100 What we do. Education entrepreneurs, scaling brands and established companies about U.S. production and connect them to a domestic supply chain.
  5. 5. 5 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS ASSET BASED
  6. 6. 6 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS “Purchasing is always a moral and not simply economic act.” Pope Benedict XVI
  7. 7. 7 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS CUT AND SEW PLANTS Representing 300 workers TEXTILE ENTITIES The producers’ supply chain network is over 300 entities ANNUAL GATHERINGS To learn about each other, share best practices and solve problems together 14 300 2 How it’s grown. A federation of textile manufacturers that promote economic, environmental and social sustainability.
  8. 8. 8 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS COOP-ETITION
  9. 9. 9 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS “Purchasing is always a moral and not simply economic act.” Pope Benedict XVI
  10. 10. 10 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS MAKING GOOD JOBS BETTER “Purchasing is always a moral and not simply economic act.” Pope Benedict XVI
  11. 11. 11 © 2018 THE INDUSTRIAL COMMONS 8 OUTREACH / EDUCATION INITIATIVES Cooperative Development, Conversions and Worker Committees TIME LEFT! NOW is the time to create better jobs. The Industrial Commons founds and grows interconnected enterprises that solve industrial problems for businesses and workers. We manufacture hope for the people of Western North Carolina 0 4 VALUES-BASED ENTERPRISES Workplace Development Carolina Textile District, The Material Return, Brand
  12. 12. Andrew Crosson Rural Support Partners NADO Annual Training Conference Charlotte, NC October 16, 2018
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  14. 14. Central Appalachia’s Local Food Distribution Corridor
  15. 15. https://www.ruralsupportpartners.com/social-enterprise/
  16. 16. Strengthening Manufactures, Connecting Partners and Scaling to Meet Opportunity
  17. 17. Appalachian Regional Commission Vision, Mission & Goals 21 ARC VISION Appalachia is a region of great opportunity that will achieve socio-economic parity with the nation. ARC MISSION Innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia. ARC has identified 5 strategic investment goals to advance its vision & mission. These goals focus on the most critical investments opportunities in Appalachia. Economic Opportunities Ready Workforce Critical Infrastructure Natural & Cultural Assets Leadership & Community Capacity Strategic Collaborative Impactful Sustainable
  18. 18. 22 • 1,160 jobs created or retained • 3,000 students and workers trained and/or educated • $7.2M in grants awarded • $44.9M in private investments Appalachian Regional Commission North Carolina Investments FY 2017 During FY 2017, ARC investments in North Carolina’s 29 ARC designated counties provided the following:
  19. 19. 470,036 Manufacturing Employees Manufacturing Employment #1 in the Southeast, #8 in the nation $102,000,000,000 Manufacturing GDP, #6 in the Nation, 2017 $1,218.84 – Manufacturing Weekly Wage 23 Manufacturing in NC by the Numbers
  20. 20. Growing Local Food Manufactures Blue Ridge Food Ventures – The Place where tasty things happen. 24
  21. 21. The Rebirth of Furniture 25
  22. 22. Development Districts Role • Help make connections and bring interest parties to the table • Understand available funding resources and who to call • Be able to think beyond municipal borders and look regionally 26
  23. 23. Olivia Collier Appalachian Regional Commission Program ocollier@nccommerce.com Phone: 919-571-4900 www.ncccommerce.com/arc Twitter: @arc_nc

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