Placer County To Hold Second Annual Manufacturer’s Forum Oct. 13

The Placer County Economic Development Board will hold its 2011 Manufacturer’s Forum on Thursday, Oct. 13 in Rocklin.

The 2nd annual forum will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the city of Rocklin’s Sunset Center, 2650 Sunset Blvd.

The forum will be an opportunity for local manufacturers, elected officials and others interested in economic development to discuss the importance of the county’s manufacturing industry and ways to strengthen it.

“The forum will build upon the success of last year’s inaugural event,” said Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “We will have a strong lineup of guest speakers, two interactive panel discussions and key findings from a just-completed survey of local manufacturers. The survey results will be invaluable in helping us assess the industry’s vitality and what local government can do to strengthen it.”

Supervisor Montgomery is vice chair of the Board of Supervisors and chair of the Economic Development Board (EDB) this year.

The first-of-its-kind survey was conducted by the EDB and Placer County Office of Economic Development.

The forum’s keynote luncheon speaker will be Jess Brown, director of energy solutions and service for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The first panel discussion, “Manufacturing in California: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” will feature officers from several local manufacturers and the second, “Regulatory Reform in 2011 & Beyond,” will include several members of the State Legislature and an executive from the California Manufacturers & Technology Association.

Manufacturing is a relatively small sector of the county economy, but is considered vital to the future of Placer County and California. The rule of thumb among experts is that each new manufacturing job leads to the creation of 2 ½ jobs in other sectors of the economy.
“The forum will be a great opportunity for manufacturers to make their voices heard on what they like about doing business in Placer County and what must be done to improve the business climate in both Placer County and California,” said Chairman Robert M. Weygandt of the Board of Supervisors. “Manufacturing is a cornerstone of our county’s economic development efforts, because it provides primary wage-earner jobs for workers at many skill levels.”