University of Rhode Island To Host 2014 URI Cotton Summit In September

KINGSTON, R.I. — July 23, 2014 — The University of Rhode Island has announced it will host the 2014 URI Cotton Summit: the 21st Century Global Apparel Value Chain and Implications for US Cotton in the World Marketplace on Sept. 22, 2014.
The summit intends to raise public awareness of the importance of the cotton and related textile and apparel industry in the 21st century global economy. Specific issues to be discussed at the summit include:

  • Is textile and apparel manufacturing coming back to the United States?
  • What trade policy do we need to promote the export of U.S. cotton and related textile and apparel products in the 21st century global economy?
  • What is the global journey of a cotton T-shirt before it reaches the retail shop?
  •  Why is “Made in China” gradually replaced by “Made for China”? What does the change mean for US fashion companies?
  • What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what is the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)? Why should everyone working in the U.S. textile and apparel industry care about TPP and T-TIP?
  • What are the latest trends in the global textile and apparel industry?

Summit speakers will include:

  • Maria D’Andrea, Supervisory International Trade Specialist of Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Julia Hughes, President, U.S. Fashion Industry Association
  • Augustine Tantillo, President & CEO, National Council of Textile Organizations
  • Nate Herman, Vice President, American Apparel and Footwear Association
  • Erin Ennis, Vice President, US-China Business Council
  • Jon Devine, Senior Economist, Cotton Incorporated
  • Dr. Kitty Dickerson, Consultant & Professor Emerita, University of Missouri
  • Dr. Stacey Frederick, Research Scientist, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness at Duke University
  • Robert Antoshak, Managing Director, Olah Inc.
  • David Trumbull, Principal, Agathon Associates  

This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated. Advance registration is required at

Posted July 29, 2014
Source: University of Rhode Island