California Hosts First Annual Made in California Manufacturing Conference.

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Leading Southern California organizations have come together to host the first annual Made in California Conference. This conference will focus on the needs, challenges and economic future of manufacturing in the state of California. The event will be held on Friday, December 3, 2004 at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort in Palm Springs, California.

Over 300 manufacturers, economic development leaders and state dignitaries from across Southern California will come together to share ways for overcoming hurdles associated with manufacturing in California and competing globally. “We are very excited to be a part of this event,” says James Watson, Vice President of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC). “We are losing jobs to overseas manufacturers everyday, and as a manufacturing community, we need to come together and identify ways to be successful and keep our manufacturing businesses in California.”

The day-long event will include an overview of California’s energy efficiency portfolio and Energy Action plan from Mr. Michael R. Peevey, Commissioner and Chairman of the California Public Utilities Commission. Also representing the state is Mr. Mark Mosher, Executive Director of the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth and Barry Sedlik, Undersecretary, Business Transportation & Housing Agency.

Sessions range from improving energy efficiency and competitiveness in the global marketplace to benchmarking performance and planning for economic expansion. “This is the first time in California’s history that this many diverse groups will be coming together with the sole purpose of learning new techniques for reducing costs and keeping jobs in Southern California, this according to Kimberly Collins, Director of the California Center for Border and Regional Economic Studies.

The event speakers include Mr. John Ratzenberger, the host of Discovery Channel’s Made in America; Mr. John Brandt, Founder and CEO of Manufacturing Performance Institute; Jack Stewart, Executive Director, California Manufacturers & Technology Association and Mr. Art Smalley, author and faculty member with the Lean Enterprise Institute.

The “Made in California” conference is a partnership between the California Center for Border and Regional Economic Studies, San Diego State University, California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration.

To register for the event or for more information, please visit http://www.ccbres.sdsu.edu or call 760-768-5510.

About the event sponsors:

The mission of the California Center for Border and Regional Economic Studies, San Diego State University is to inform public and private decision makers of demographic, economic and social trends in the Western U.S., Imperial County – Mexican Border region. For more information please visit our web site http://www.ccbres.sdsu.edu.

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) provides consulting services in the practice areas of Strategic Business, Lean Enterprise, Information Technology, Quality Management, Supply Chain Management and Small Business Improvement. CMTC is a private nonprofit corporation supported through the cooperative agreements of the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership and California’s Business, Transportation & Housing Agency’s Manufacturing Technology Program.

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