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+ The future of textiles begins in Wake County

Today’s textiles renaissance is centered right here in Wake County, North Carolina. In Raleigh and the Research Triangle region, textile companies are accelerating their innovation curve, the R&D process and commercialization. Here they find all the right resources: A rich environment for collaboration between industry and academia. Start-up financing. Research and advanced testing. Regulatory approval. Full-scale production. Everything they need to succeed.

At the heart of this renaissance is the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The global leader in textiles research, it’s the largest and most innovative textiles program in the U.S., awarding more than half of the nation’s textiles degrees.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce has partnered with the College of Textiles to create www.nctextileconnect.com, a special Web site that features a database of 1,500 North Carolina textile and textile-related companies, as well as detailed information on textile-related events, statistics, demographics, resources and products.

Wake County is also home to some of the best-known textiles organizations in the world: