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Sacramento Region Innovation Awards shines light on northern CA MFG - Apply by July 20

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 7, 2018

The 3rd Annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize the area’s vibrant innovation community — from startups to established companies — and their breakthrough creations. Manufacturers can apply themselves or submit a nomination up to July 20. Eligible entries will undergo a strict evaluation process by peers and leaders from the Capital Region’s business, civic and academic communities. Pioneering innovations will be judged on market need, economic impact, disruption and novelty.

The program will accept entries for recently developed business innovations that are established in the 9-county Sacramento region. New technologies, as well as other products, services and processes, must fit within one of the eight program categories, including

  1. Advanced Manufacturing
  2. Food and Agribusiness
  3. Government and Civic
  4. Hardware and Electronics
  5. Medical and Health – MedTech
  6. Medical and Health – BioPharma
  7. Software
  8. Sustainability.

You can apply and see eligibility requirements at www.sacramentoinnovationawards.com/submissions.

In celebrating regional innovation, the awards aim to strengthen the Sacramento story, build the local economy, and stimulate the creative minds fueling our innovation ecosystem. Founded in 2016 by business law firm Stoel Rives LLP, the program is made possible with support from CMTA Associate member Moss Adams LLP, the Sacramento Business Journal, Five Star Bank, and the Greater Sacramento Economic Council — not to mention dozens of community partner organizations and the esteemed Selection Committee. Join the effort  — nominate or apply before July 20!

 





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CMTA celebrates CA MFG with exhibit in State Capitol

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 4, 2018

You might recall from CMTA's earlier celebration and magazine feature that 2018 is the Centennial Anniversary year for CMTA.  In 1918, five founding companies started the Association (then called the California Manufacturers Association) because they were aware of the huge and growing role they played in the regional economy. 100 years later the same things drive our association and the sector itself - innovation, job creation and competitiveness.

This week CMTA has set up a California manufacturing display in front of the Governor's office in the State Capitol to help us celebrate our Centennial year and to launch our efforts for this year's Oct. 5 Manufacturing Day.  The exhibit emphasizes every reason why our State leaders should work to attract more manufacturing. With only 4.5 percent of last year's U.S. manufacturing investment and a manufacturing sector that continues to lag the national renaissance in job growth, California must enact policies that make our state more competitive for retention and attraction of manufacturing growth.

Please stop by the exhibit on the first floor of the State Capitol this week to take a selfie and tweet your picture showing your support of California manufacturing. (Hashtags: #CAmfg, #CMTAcentennial, MFGday2018)

 

 





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CA should manufacture the products that come from its great ideas

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 2, 2018

Since 2010 California's innovation economy far outpaced the rest of the country. California is a beacon for big bold ideas and research and development. In most regions the early stages of an idea's patent cerification and R&D often translate later to manufacturing jobs in the same area - meaning a tremendous opportunity for the local middle class. For California, the latter part of the equation appears to be falling flat since 2010. You'll see in the chart below that the state's patent growth is near double the United States' pace, while our manufacturing job growth is less than half the pace of the rest of the country. 

Too often California's ideas are being invested in other parts of the country when it's time to build manufacturing facilities to produce commercial scale of a product.  With so much innovation and bold and intelligent risk takers in our state, California needs to find ways to make it easier for our innovators to manufacturer in our own backyard. 

 

 





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Sacramento Innovation Awards names finalists - MFG is surging in the region!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 16, 2017

Sixteen finalists have been selected for the second annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP, Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal.

CMTA is proud to partner with the award series for a second year in a row and we are honored to sit on the particular Advanced Manufacturing selection committee. The program recognizes recent business innovations in six categories, honoring the people and organizations that advance new products, services and processes from the regional economy. Winners will be revealed during an awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West.

The 2017 Finalists include:

Advanced Manufacturing

  • CNC Machining Processes & Educational Platform by Titans of CNC
  • Laser Solution for Medical Device Manufacturing by Aduro Laser

Food & Agribusiness

Hardware & Electronics

Medical & Health Technologies & Services

Software

  • Denali Intelligence and Automation for Salesforce.com and Microsoft by DialSource, Inc.
  • Digital Transaction Management for Real Estate by SkySlope
  • Government Fraud Detection as a Service (FDaaS) by Pondera Solutions

Sustainability

The program’s selection committee reviewed more than 75 nominations submitted online through the Sacramento Business Journal between June 1 and July 31, 2017. Committee members were drawn from the area’s civic, business, academic and technology sectors, and include representatives from MedStart, CleanStart, UC Davis’ Venture Catalyst, Greater Sacramento Economic Council, The City of Sacramento Mayor’s Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Teichert, Intel, Pride Industries, CMTA, Valley Vision, SMUD, Raley’s and Sutter Health, among others.

Last year’s category winners were also invited to serve as judges this year, bringing Sierra Energy, Evolve BioSystems, Free Form Factory and Riskalyze to the mix. Moss Adams tabulated ballots using a new online voting system developed through Qualtrics.

The program also will recognize University of California, Davis as the 2017 “Innovation of the Year” honoree, spotlighting the university’s role as champion of regional innovation and entrepreneurship. Chancellor Gary S. May will accept the award on behalf of the university and provide keynote remarks.





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Nominate a northern California manufacturer for advanced MFG award

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 8, 2017

On November 7, 2017 the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize significant innovations, and the innovators and local companies that brought them to fruition. CMTA is honored to be on the selection committee and was proud to cast a vote last year for the advanced manufacturing category winner Free Form Factory

The 9-county northern California area benefits from world class industry, bringing leading edge research & development, good jobs and economic growth.

Don't miss your chance to nominate a manufacturer in the area before the submission period ends July 31. The second annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards, presented by Stoel Rives LLP with support from Moss Adams LLP and the Sacramento Business Journal recognizes recent business innovations in six categories. The 2017 award categories and 2016 winners include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing: Watercraft Manufacturing by Free Form Factory Inc. — a proprietary technique to manufacture personal watercraft hulls 10 times faster, 3.5 times stronger, and with no volatile organic compounds.
  • Food & Agribusiness: Radio Frequency Pasteurizer by RF Biocidics — a food-safety solution that eliminates harmful contaminants from foods using radio frequency technology.
  • Hardware & Electronics: Linkbot by Barobo, Inc. — a programmable educational robot that can be customized with snap-on parts and STEM curriculum.
  • Medical & Health Technologies & Services: B. infantis by Evolve BioSystems — a microbiome-based solution to establish, restore and maintain a healthy infant gut microbiome.
  • Software: The Risk Number by Riskalyze — a proprietary risk assessment product that measures individual investors’ risk tolerance.
  • Sustainability: FastOx Gasifier by Sierra Energy — waste gasification technology that transforms waste into clean, renewable energy.

The program was founded by the law firm of Stoel Rives LLP, which has had similar award programs in Utah and Idaho. The Sacramento Business Journal is the program’s media sponsor and Moss Adams LLP serves as the official CPA vote tabulator. The event will be held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West in Sacramento.

 
 
 

 





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