A quick look at California exports vs the U.S.

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on April 17, 2014

Recently TechAmerica reported that California for the first time lost its status as the top technology exporter in the country, with Texas surpassing us with $45.1 billion in technology exports to our $44.8 billion.  

We thought this would be a good time to look at the trend of our overall exports versus Texas and the rest of the country.  Below is the percentage growth in exports since the country started to emerge from its recession in 2010.  California at 17.4 percent is growing but trending behind the country's 23.3 percent, as well as Texas' 35.2 percent.


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Manufacturing Champion and comedian Adam Carolla headlines CMTA Summit

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on April 4, 2014

CMTA’s 2014 Manufacturing Champions Summit just got a huge boost. 

Talented funnyman and manufacturing champion himself, Adam Carolla, has agreed to host the big event. You may have heard Carolla on the radio, on his #1 downloaded podcasts, at the Punchline, or on Fox News providing California perspective. He's edgy and he tells great jokes, but more importantly he's a huge fan of manufacturing and understands its importance to California's success.

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Adam Carolla and the exciting CMTA Manufacturing Champions Summit will start at 10 a.m. on June 18 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The event will conclude at noon.

CMTA knows that California manufacturing is capable of once again leading the country in innovation and high-wage job growth.

Much like the massive aerospace investment in the 80’s and the technology manufacturing sector growth in the 90’s, California should be promoting manufacturing over the next decade to provide tremendous opportunities for our working families and our economy. 

To that end, we signed the talented Adam Carolla to host the event, celebrate our Champions and engage the Summit’s policymakers on how we can make this all happen again for California.

We are inviting Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Governor Jerry Brown as leaders of the two largest manufacturing regions in the country -- Los Angeles and California. We will also have our newest Manufacturing Champion companies on hand to explain what will help them grow their incredible operations in California.

You can either attend the event on June 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sacramento Convention Center or you can watch the event live online at the same time. Space is limited. Either way you need to register online here.

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We Are Manufacturing (#WeAreMFG) video

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on March 13, 2014

Check out the National Association of Manufacturers' video on the comeback of manufacturing and the future it holds for all Americans.

Help NAM and CMTA get out the message by sending the link to your suppliers, friends and family. You can also share on Twitter with #WeAreMFG.

Let’s make sure Americans know what we already know—manufacturing is skilled, cool, clean, united, a family and the future.


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Updated California manufacturing investment

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on March 12, 2014

Last month we showed you how California shaped up for manufacturing investments in the first three quarters of 2013.  We just got the fourth quarter numbers and we have updated our chart below to indicate how it looks for the entire year.  Basically we got 1.5 percent of the nation's new or expanded facilities, accounting for 1.2 investments per one million people in California.

The numbers don't look good but believe it or not, it is a small improvement from last year.  Our economy will depend on big improvements in the coming years and we'll have to learn what will drive more manufacturing to our state.  In the wake of California-based Tesla's announcement to grow 6,500 manufacturing jobs outside of the Golden State, we've learned we can't take any manufacturing for granted -- even an electric vehicle producer.  

We know that California's economic development agency Go-BIZ did all they could to get Tesla to build their large facility here.  Go-BIZ constantly talks to us about what they can do to help manufacturers compete.  For reasons we'll likely never know, Tesla opted to go elsewhere.

This data and the Tesla announcement provide a teachable moment.  We can't win them all, we just need to win our fair share.  CMTA and Go-Biz can't do this alone.  We need a virtual tsunami of manufacturing champions at the state level to help Go-BIZ deliver competitive packages to manufacturers looking to make long term investments.  


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Window into California's economy

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on March 5, 2014

Everyone agrees that manufacturers grow the economy but there isn't always a clear picture of the economic health of communities in California.

This is why the California Center for Jobs and the Economy released its enhanced website this week to show the economic health of particular California communities.  Now anyone can quickly understand the employment trends, cost of living, economic opportunity, workforce preparedness, economic disparity, energy costs and quality of life for any particular county or legislative district in California.

For example, say you need to know average wage, gasoline costs, and poverty levels in Assembly District 26 in the Valley. The site quickly tells you the average annual salary is $33,900, that gasoline is currently $3.63 per gallon, and that 27.4 percent of the district's population is below poverty level (up 14% since 2011).  Those are just a few among many of the data points you can query. 

CMTA intends to use this tool extensively in its advocacy and communications and we hope you will too.

The site is fairly easy to use to find what you need, but if you need any help you can contact California Business Roundtable (CBRT) VP Kirk Clark with any questions at 916-553-4093.

The California Center for Jobs and the Economy site is a long term project by the CBRT and their Research Advisory Council.  The Council is made up of individuals from Pepperdine University, Andrew Chang & Company, the Los Angeles Economic Development Council, the Bay Area Economic Institute, McKinsey & Company, the Milken Institute and U.C. San Diego.  You can see their press release here.


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