Message from the President on CMTA COVID19 efforts

By Lance Hastings, President

Capitol Update, April 14, 2020

As we enter the fifth week of COVID19 “Stay at Home” orders, and practice strict social/physical distancing, it appears that those activities have been effective in California, and plans are being made to “re-open” the economy and society in the coming weeks. Yesterday the Governors from California, Oregon and Washington agreed to work together on phasing the opening of the economies in the west in an organized and coordinated fashion. And just today, for the first time, Gov. Newsom focused on six indicators that will eventually allow for modifying California's stay-at-home order. 

While encouraging news, we still likely have several more weeks ahead with uncertain outcomes.

I wanted to share how your CMTA team has been active and involved since March 13th – the day we chose to begin working remotely. Admittedly, Friday March 13th was intended to merely test our remote working capability without realizing that when Monday March 16th came around, we were in a “new normal”. We have been working remotely since then, with the entire team engaged in their functional areas. In many cases we have led coalition efforts on matters ranging from regulatory relief, economic recovery, and legislative plans in a post-COVID environment. Our communications team has kept the manufacturing community updated regularly on the most critical issues of repurposing and provided direction on operations functionality questions during COVID19. Our Service Corporation team is working with officials at the Employment Training Panel to augment our 2020 training opportunities which are critical to ensuring that the manufacturing sector has the necessary training partnerships to rebound quickly.

Our team has a daily check-in at 10:00am via the Zoom platform that allows us to connect, discuss options, and plan. I am proud of the sustained focus the CMTA team maintains on behalf of our members. In fact, during the week of March 23rd, CMTA staff reached out to every CMTA member to check-in and have conversations about what concerns or issues they may be having and how we could help. In three days, almost 400 manufacturers were contacted in an unprecedented effort to connect with our membership in a direct and timely fashion.

The manufacturing community stepped up and offered to repurpose operations to meet the various PPE needs in California. We connected almost 100 manufacturers with GO-Biz and product specifications needed throughout the state. In some cases, we assisted our local manufacturing organization partners to fulfil regional needs in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

I also wanted to take a few words to share our appreciation to GO-Biz Director Lenny Mendonca who stepped down from his critical Administration last Friday. Many of you had the opportunity to witness firsthand his commitment to a vibrant California economy, and how we collaborated across the Newsom Administration to make things happen. His presence will be missed, but he leaves a strong staff at GO-Biz, and we’ve already engaged with Interim Director Chris Dombrowski with whom we should expect continued excellence in defense of California’s businesses.

When it is safe, CMTA is prepared to play a vital role in the likely iterative re-opening of California's entire manufacturing community. Please keep me informed of any serious operational challenges you may be facing, so we can raise them with the highest and most appropriate State leaders.

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