Hearing: China’s Impact on the North Carolina Economy: Winners and Losers

September 6, 2007

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Kenan Conference Center – Room 204
Skipper Bowles Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1550.

Hearing Co Chairs:  Commissioners Jeffrey Fiedler and Dennis Shea


Panel I: North Carolina’s Changing Economy

  • Rick L. Weddle, President and CEO of the Research Triangle Park Foundation of North Carolina (PDF)
  • Dr. Patrick J. Conway,  UNC Economist and expert on globalization’s effects on textiles and on the efficacy of trade remedies (PDF)

Panel II: How China Trade Has Affected North Carolina’s Economy

  • Dr. Gary Gereffi, Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness, Duke University (HTML) (PDF)
  • Betty McGrath, Manager, Policy Program Evaluation and Research, North Carolina Employment Security Commission (HTML) (PDF)

Panel III:   Case Studies of China’s Impact on the Furniture, Tire, Textile, and Clothing Industries

Panel IV:  Case Study of China’s Impact on the New Economy 

  • Michael Chen, Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Red Hat Software—Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC and has a service/sales center in China.

Panel V:  How Existing Remedies to Unfair Trade Have Performed in North Carolina: The Bedroom Furniture Industry and the Textile Industry

Panel VI:  The Human Costs to North Carolina of China Trade, and Ameliorating Those Costs

  • Dr. H. James Owen, President, Piedmont Community College (HTML) (PDF)
  • Mr. Thomas J. White, Director, Business and Industry Services, North Carolina Department of Commerce, Raleigh, North Carolina

Open Microphone:  Listening to the People of North Carolina

  • Registration for the open microphone begins at 8:30 am in hearing room. 
  • Participants will each be allowed 5 minutes to give their remarks