Community-Based Adjustment to Textile Plant Closure and Downsizing


A Conference of The Economics Department and
the Center for the Study of the American South


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
8-9 April 2004

Conference Agenda

Session 1: When do Firms Downsize?

Background paper: Patrick Conway: When do Firms Downsize?

Power point presentation of Conway's talk.

Notes from session 1.

Session 2: Case study of Spindale.

Background paper: Timothy Barth and Duncan Murrell: A Short History of Stonecutter Mills and Spindale, North Carolina

Notes from session 2.

Session 3: Case study of Kannapolis.

Background paper: Myra Beatty, Douglas Longman and Van Tran: Community Response to the Pillowtex Textile Kannapolis Closings: "Rapid Response Team" as a Facilitative Device

Power point version from presentation.

Bill Schweke's comments.

Jim Cook's comments.

Notes from session 3.

Session 4: Community Change from the Ground Up

Background paper: Andrew Dobelstein: Anticipating and Engaging the Need for Economic Change: A Summary of Efforts

Notes from session 4.


Background papers:

Howard Rosen: Designing a New Approach to Assist Workers and Communities Respond to Globalization

Chris Estes, William Schweke and Sara Lawrence: Dislocated Workers in North Carolina.

Corporation for Enterprise Development: Transforming Communities.


Other sponsors include Dr. Kathy Brittain White, the Southern Growth Policies Board, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.