Central Valley AgPlus
The Central Valley AgPlus Food and Beverage Manufacturing Consortium (AgPlus) was awarded an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) designation through the U.S. Economic Development Administration in July 2015. AgPlus was one of 24 regions recognized nationally. On Nov 17, 2015, AgPlus held its kickoff stakeholder meeting in Sacramento. The meeting focused on the IMCP program, strategies moving forward, and goals for each Pillar Wok Group. AgPlus seeks to create a collaborative approach in providing resources to food and beverage manufacturers and partnerships to allow continued growth.
The 2016 Manufacturing Summit was held on March 3, 2016, at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center. Jay Williams, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, served as keynote speaker. The Summit, which drew more than 650 individuals, including 150 students, focused on innovation and technology trends within the industry. RICI is seeking to grow the manufacturing industry sector in the San Joaquin Valley; the Summit provided participants networking opportunities for this purpose.
The Clean Energy Cluster hosted its 2016 Clean Energy Summit in April. During the event, scholarships were awarded to high caliber students who were choosing careers in clean energy and alternative fuels. Since 2014, more than $25,000 has been awarded in scholarships. A Clean Energy Transportation event is planned for Oct 19, 2016, to increase usage of energy efficient vehicles in the San Joaquin Valley (Valley).