Thursday, October 27, 2022 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT


Tammy Everett, Executive Director 
Defense Alliance of North Carolina 


Catawba Valley Community College 
2550 US Hwy 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602

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Building a More Collaborative Advanced Textiles Ecosystem in Support of the Department of Defense

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No cost to attend.  Plan to arrive early for parking, building access, coffee, pastries and NETWORKING!  Program begins promptly at 8:30AM.


Co-hosted by the Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC) and North Carolina State University Industry Expansion Solutions (NCSU IES)  in support of the North Carolina Defense Manufacturing Community Support Partnership (NC DMCSP)


Welcome Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw, President of Catawba Valley Community College

“Recognition of Special Guests and Opening Remarks” Tammy Everett, Executive Director, Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC)

"Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP)" Michael Mullins, Director, North Carolina Defense Industry Initiatives Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) at NC State University

“Overview of Frontline of the Future" Denny Lewis, Business Development Manager, Defense Industry, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC)

“‘Reshoring’ A Talent Ecosystem in North Carolina’s Textile Industry: Establishing a Model for Workforce Development” (Pre Recorded presentation) Leressa Suber, Evaluation and Talent Development Specialist and Doctoral Student, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions (IES)

"Formerly Incarcerated Workforce Program" Benjamin Edwards, Program Director NC Department of Public Safety

“Utilizing Immigrants in Support of North Carolina’s Textile Industry” John Oswald, Chief Executive Officer, Mills Manufacturing Corporation

“Veterans Transition Programs” Nathan Huret, Co-Founder and Chief of Veteran Engagement, Hickory for Vets

“Manufacturing Solutions Center Resources and Innovation Facilities” Jeff Neuville, Director of Manufacturing Solutions Center

Tour of Catawba Valley Community College Workforce Solutions Complex, Jennifer Jones, Chief Development Officer, Catawba Valley Community College Foundaton


The Defense Alliance of North Carolina (DANC) combines the powerful leadership of distinguished military officers and industry executives, a large and active membership base, and an impressive set of standing forums and events to support North Carolina’s government, military, business, and academic communities. https://defensealliancenc.org

Industry Expansion Solutions (IES) is the engineering-based, solutions-driven, client-focused unit of NC State University. Our broad portfolio and deep industry expertise help organizations grow, innovate and prosper. Our extensive partnerships with business, industry, education and government generate a unique culture of collaboration that provides access to cutting-edge expertise, research, and technology. https://www.ies.ncsu.edu/