President of the California Public Utilities Commission to Unveil California’s Energy Action Plan at the Made in California Conference

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Mr. Michael R. Peevey, President of the California Public Utilities Commission will present an overview of the recently adopted California Energy Action Plan at the first-ever Made in California Conference on Friday, December 3, 2004 at the Hilton Palm Spring Resort in Palm Springs California.

Mr. Michael R. Peevey, President of the California Public Utilities Commission will present an overview of the recently adopted California Energy Action Plan at the first-ever Made in California Conference on Friday, December 3, 2004 at the Hilton Palm Spring Resort in Palm Springs California. Mr. Peevey’s session, entitled “Investing in Energy Efficiency”, will outline strategies for achieving the goals of the recently adopted California Energy Action Plan. Practical strategies for identifying and reducing energy waste in manufacturing facilities will also be a key topic.

California, the fifth largest economy in the world, continues to lose manufacturers to other states and oversees, at an alarming rate. Manufacturers, the State Government and State Economic Agencies are concerned about the rapid exodus. “I am very proud to be part of this important event”, says Mr. Peevey. “Keeping jobs and manufacturing companies in our state is critical and the California Public Utilities Commission is committed to helping our manufacturers.”

The Made in California Conference is the first of its kind for the state. Manufacturers and Government agencies will come together to voice their concerns and discuss ways to lower the costs associated with manufacturing in the state. A primary focus of the event will be rising energy costs. Over 300 manufacturers, economic development leaders and state dignitaries from across Southern California are expected to be in attendance.

The daylong event will include talks by 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.

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. For more information, visit http://www.cmtc.com.

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