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October Manufacturing News

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East Bay EDA’s monthly Manufacturing Newsletter provides news and information for manufacturers in our region. 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

MFG Day Events & More

National Manufacturing Day is this Friday, October 6! The manufacturing
sector in California is so sprawling and diverse that larger regions like the
East Bay devote an entire month to showcase opportunities and potential of
modern manufacturing, and generate interest in manufacturing careers. The team
at SF Made has created this handy calendar of events for Bay Area MFG Week for events between October 6-13. Listings include MFG Day events in the East Bay cities of Berkeley, Fremont, and San Leandro, among others.

Earn & Learn

East Bay EDA partner Earn & Learn is hosting students for the Contra Costa County Manufacturing Day event happening on October 24th! They anticipate 700+ student attendees will attend this event, which is designed to empower, educate, and inspire the future workforce of manufacturing.

The day will begin with site tours of strategically placed classes of students who are interested in specific industry areas, followed by lunch and programming at local community colleges that will highlight programs and educational pathways directly related to industry and a future in manufacturing. More details are on the Earn & Learn website.

CHIPS Funding Available to Support Smaller Supply Chain Projects

On September 29, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a funding
opportunity for smaller supply chain projects and businesses to access CHIPS
for America funds. As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda,
the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act includes incentives to strengthen supply
chains, support smaller projects and businesses, and create good-paying jobs in
local communities across the country. Learn more here.

Manex Offers Funding for Training and More

Manex, the NIST MEP Manufacturing Center for the Bay Area and Sacramento regions, offers a number of services to Northern California manufacturers, including a multi-employer Employment Training Panel (ETP) contract that funds training for incumbent workers and workers seeking to reenter the workforce. Manex also trains in quality, lean, leadership, food safety, sales, marketing, and more – consider joining them for one of their weekly “Get to Know Manex” webinars to learn more – details on their events page.

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