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For immediate use

April 8, 2004 -- No. 190

Conference to examine the effects of
textile plant closures on the community

Today (April 8), 1 p.m.; and Friday (April 9), 8:30 a.m.
The Carolina Inn
211 Pittsboro Street

Members of the media are invited to cover a conference on community-based adjustments to textile plant closures and downsizing sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The conference will look at the problems created by plant closures and the welfare of workers whose jobs are lost. It will feature four interactive sessions with paper presentations based on studies of community response to closures and discussion by experts in the field. Dr. Kathy Brittain White will give the keynote address during dinner today (April 8). She is president and chairwoman of the Board of Arkansas Rural Sourcing Inc., a nonprofit organization developing information technology employment in rural communities.

Dr. Patrick Conway and Dr. Alfred Field, professors in the economics department, organized the conference. Conway said each session has been designed to answer a specific question. Answers provided by participants will serve as an agenda for further research and help inform policy-making officials.

Schedule of events:



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Note: For more information on the conference, contact Conway at (919) 966-5376 or Field at (919) 966-5347.