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Lieutenant Governor Newsom, Manufacturers, and Correctional Peace Officers to hold historic California Manufacturing Summit

 June 28, 2011 Sacramento, CA -- California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) will hold a historic "Everything Grows with Manufacturing" Summit tomorrow, June 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center, with a live webcast starting at 10:00 a.m. (seen at www.

The Summit has brought together key, often divergent, figures to share information and visions about California's economy and the crucial role manufacturing will play in our future. Moderated by political columnist, Greg Lucas, the Summit will provide a spirited discussion on the following:

The importance of manufacturing
  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
  • CMTA president Jack Stewart
  • CCPOA president Mike Jimenez

Outlook of manufacturing
  • Milken Institute economist Ross DeVol
  • Emerging technology engineer Bob Epstein
  • panel discussion

Manufacturing in California: Tale of two companies
  • Boeing C-17 program manager Bob Ciesla
  • AE Biofuels CEO Eric McAfee
  • panel discussion
Partnerships for Creating Jobs in California
  • California Labor Federation leader Art Pulaski
  • Former California Secretary of Trade and Commerce Julie Meier Wright
  • State Senator Bob Dutton
  • CCPOA president Mike Jimenez
  • panel discussion
Taking action

  • panel discussion
  • Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom closing remarks

Summit co-chairs on the Summit:

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom: "We should restart the engine of economic development in California, and signal to all potential job creators that our great state is open for business again."
(Lt. Gov. Newsom will describe his efforts to promote private investment and job growth in California, including his work on a new economic development plan that includes manufacturing as a key component.)

CMTA president Jack M. Stewart: "California has rested on its natural laurels far too long. We’ve chosen winners and losers, taken our eye off the ball, and been too complacent while other states have created inviting climates to grow every type of manufacturing. We can’t afford to lose the race for new investments in existing and new manufacturing firms. We are going to start to turn this around."

CCPOA Mike Jimenez: "Our correctional officers put themselves at risk everyday. We understand well that California must grow its private sector job base to sustain minimum public sector funding for crucial and often dangerous services. We also know that a job is often the difference between an inmate and a productive citizen. It all starts with making sure our largest wealth creator -- manufacturing -- can flourish and support other industries in California."

The Summit will be broadcast live at 10:00 a.m. via webcast at No registration is required.

You can also register to attend the event and get details here. Journalists just need to check the box for "media" at the end of the registration process.

If you tweet or follow the Summit through twitter, the hashtag is #mfgsummit.


Media contacts:
Gino DiCaro, CMTA 916-498-3347
Jevaughn Baker, CCPOA 916-372-6060
Francisco Castillo, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom 916-445-8994 Francisco.Castillo@ltg.CA.GOV
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