Membership Renewals Due For Hosiery-Textile Council

Paul Fogleman,

The Hosiery and Textiles Governmental Affairs Council is recruiting companies for the 2012-13 membership year.

Memberships are for the 2012-13 fiscal year and support the legislative program for the N.C. General Assembly on behalf of the Manufacturing Solutions Center and the Textile Technology Center. The agenda for the council includes protection of funds for the operation of the centers and special issues. Earlier this year the lobbying program exempted the centers from sales taxes on acquisition of new equipment.

Paul Fogleman, director of the council and lobbyist, said the 2013 session will be especially challenging as almost two-thirds of the members will have served for less than two terms. “There will be a dramatic shift in leadership and this requires educating members on the value of the centers to manufacturing in North Carolina,” Fogleman said.

Additionally, North Carolina will have a new governor and administration. This will involve new heads of Commerce, Revenue, Employment Security offices.

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