The importance of local manufacturing to the Bay Area’s economy and to our physical safety has become increasingly clear this year.

In addition to ensuring that we have the essential products we need to survive, our local manufacturers have set a shining example of creative problem-solving: retooling to offer new products; displaying deep caring for their employees; modeling responsibility to the greater community through donations and volunteering; and, above all, leading with vision and heart.

Join SFMade, MFG:SJ, the Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Initiative, and our 30+ partner cities and counties in paying tribute to the work that manufacturers do every day to create a safe and robust Bay Area during 2020 Bay Area Manufacturing Week.

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Why Manufacturing Matters – Now and in the Future

October 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Why Manufacturing Matters – Now and in the Future

Join us for a timely conversation about the critical importance of local manufacturing with local, state, and federal representatives.
Local manufacturing has an important role to play in the COVID-19 response and recovery as it is the lynchpin of our regional supply chain and, when optimally harnessed, is a driver for equity in our community.
However, the sector faces challenges to its growth and stability ranging from land use constraints to access to capital to workforce shortages.
For local manufacturing to succeed we need to invest in the infrastructure – physical, social, and capital – needed to support its ongoing transition to a cleaner, greener, modern industry.

The panelists include:

  • Christina Briggs, Deputy City Manager/Economic Development Director, City of Fremont
  • Assemblymember David Chiu, State of California District 17
  • Senator Scott Wiener, State of California District 11

Facilitated by Kate Sofis, CEO and Co-founder of SFMade


October 2
11:00 am - 12:30 pm