U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development to Speak at 2004 Made in California Manufacturing Conference.

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development will be a key speaker at the 2004 Made in California Conference on Friday, December 3, at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort in Palm Springs, California.

Dr. David A. Sampson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, will be a key speaker at the 2004 Made in California Conference on Friday, December 3, at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort in Palm Springs, California. This first-ever conference will focus on the needs, challenges and economic future of manufacturing in the state of California. The conference is being held in direct response to growing concerns raised by many of the states manufacturers.

Dr. Sampson’s talk, entitled “Manufacturing, Regional Partnerships and the Worldwide Economy” will focus on how American communities must cooperate on a regional basis in order to integrate themselves in the worldwide economy. Says Dr. Sampson, “The Commerce Department is proud to co-sponsor this conference on manufacturing. I cannot overstate the critical importance of California’s private sector and local leadership for creating innovation-based economic development and manufacturing strategies such as those being discussed at this conference”.

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. “Innovative and valuable solutions will be discussed”, says Kimberly Collins, Director of The California Center for Boarder and Regional Economic Studies. “Having Dr. Sampson speak underlies the critical environment we are currently in within California”, continues Ms. Collins.

The day-long event will include an overview of California’s energy efficiency portfolio and Energy Action plan from Mr. Michael R. Peevey, President 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.

Additional speakers include Mr. John Ratzenberger, host of Discovery Channel’s Made in America; Mr. John Brandt, Founder and CEO of the Manufacturing Performance Institute; 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.

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.

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

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