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January Manufacturing News

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Happy New Year! East Bay EDA is pleased to kick off calendar year 2024 and share some exciting news and resources for Bay Area manufacturers. We encourage you to submit events, industry innovations, legislative and policy activities, and other information that may be useful to you and your peers! Submit your items directly to

No Cost HR Hotlines for Alameda & Contra Costa County Companies

East Bay manufacturers have a lot more to keep track of around new labor laws and other changes in 2024. Thanks to strategic investments from the Workforce Development Boards in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties, the California Employers Association (CEA) is partnering to provide East Bay employers with access to a NO-COST HR HOTLINE! CEA can provide your company with guidance around hiring and firing processes, paid sick leave laws (including the Family & Medical Leave Act), rules around breaks, harassment prevention, remote workers, and more. 

Alameda County employers: (888) 202-5668
Contra Costa County employers: (888) 599-7645

East Bay EDA Leads Off Calendar Year 2024 with a Tour of Alameda-based Penumbra

On January 19, 2024, East Bay EDA members will be attending a curated tour of Penumbra, an Alameda-based biomedical company that designs, develops, manufactures, and markets novel products that address challenging medical conditions with significant unmet need. This exclusive, invitation-only event will feature a tour of Penumbra’s campus and manufacturing line. Not an East Bay EDA member yet? Visit here to learn more about membership benefits and submit a request to connect with our team.

Resilient East Bay: New Website for Bay Area Manufacturers
In October 2023, East Bay EDA unveiled its new Resilient East Bay website to serve as as a resource to support the region’s manufacturing sector and related industries spanning 3,500 businesses, 150,000 jobs, and contributing over $40.7 billion in GRP. Visit to learn more about this work and stay connected to upcoming East Bay events and regional activities as we look ahead to the upcoming year!

DesignCon 2024: Where the Chip Meets the Board – Santa Clara, CA 

Companies from Northern California and beyond will be attending DesignCon 2024 in Santa Clara, which takes place from January 30, 2024 – February 1, 2024. Those interested in attending can visit the Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex) website to get 15% off the cost of all conference and expo passes by going here.

2024 East Bay Innovation Awards
The 2024 East Bay Innovation Awards will be held at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center on Thursday, March 28, 2024 from 5:00 – 8:30 PM. Often referred to as the “Academy Awards of the East Bay,” the East Bay Innovation Awards is the premier program of its kind that celebrates and honors the extraordinary companies and organizations that contribute to the East Bay’s legacy of innovation. Join East Bay business and community leaders as we acknowledge the extraordinary accomplishments and impact of this year’s finalists at the region’s most exciting business networking event. Learn more about event sponsorship packages and individual tickets.


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