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“Funding, on the other hand, has been a contentious issue and has resulted in significantly reducing activity on these other initiatives as well,” the statement continued. “Throughout the year, the NSC board has reduced spending several times and cut back activity in order to stretch dollars while seeking a permanent funding solution. Based on industry feedback, the NSC fundraising committee has been expanded to include additional stakeholders, many of whom have expressed strong opinions about the check-off solution being pursued by the NSC. This expanded committee, including 15 members in total, has been charged with further investigating funding alternatives (including check-off) and coming to the NSC annual meeting at StonExpo in October with several alternatives and a recommendation for board consideration.”
Look for additional communications to be distributed after the NSC board meeting at StonExpo this fall. Also, if you plan to attend StonExpo this year, join the NSC for a discussion of the NSC and the future of these initiatives on Thursday, October 22 from 12 to 12:30 p.m. in the StonExchange presentation area on the show floor.
Additionally, to learn more about this or other activities the NSC has undertaken on behalf of the stone industry, visit the NSC Web site at www.genuinestone.org or call 800-210-3916.