First-ever East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Summit
The East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership will host the first-ever East Bay Manufacturing Summit on Friday, September 18 from 8:00AM – 1:00PM at the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, California. The event will recognize the important role that manufacturing plays in the East Bay business’ present and future.
Manufacturing is a driver of the East Bay economy, contributing over $33 billion in gross product and nearly 80,000 jobs in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. There are over 860 new jobs and 11,860 replacement jobs projected to open up in manufacturing in the East Bay over the next five years. The average annual wages for a job in the manufacturing sector are over $80,000 offering employees the opportunity to earn a livable wage in this high cost of living region. .
The East Bay is home to a very diverse and innovative base of manufacturers that includes high-tech, life sciences, automobiles, biotechnology, electronics, instruments, food processing, petroleum refining, machinery, metal processing & fabrication, software, digital media, medical devices, and clean technology.
The Summit is intended to raise the profile of manufacturing among elected officials and policy makers; build momentum for manufacturers to open their doors for National Manufacturing Day on October 2, 2015 (more information); and increase public awareness of manufacturing as a viable career path.
The Summit will feature --
Keynote speaker - Rich A. Wells, Vice President of Operations, Canada and the USA North, The Dow Chemical Company.
Panel discussion - comprised of East Bay manufacturers and policymakers from the federal, state, and local level will discuss how the region ensures access to a qualified workforce, recognize public policies that are supportive of manufacturing, and celebrate the innovation happening right here in the East Bay.
Breakfast and lunch will be served.