We are dedicated to supporting small to mid-sized businesses. Through a partnership with the U.S. Economic Development Administration, we are leading and implementing a project known as Resilient East Bay. Download the one-sheet summary.


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East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) is excited to announce the receipt of a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program for a project known as Resilient East Bay to support small to mid-sized businesses in manufacturing, transportation, distribution & logistics, and biomedical/life sciences.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to the East Bay’s economy, yet manufacturing has emerged as a strong and resilient sector that will be key to the region’s recovery. Since 2013, manufacturing employment in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties has increased 27 percent, from 78,104 jobs in 2013 to just under 100,000 at 99,472 jobs in 2021. These manufacturing jobs are critical to the regional economy as each one produces an additional 5-7 jobs in the regional economy. This growth in manufacturing in the East Bay has been supported by dedicated efforts in the region from the private and public sectors.

The Resilient East Bay project will lead and implement a regional, sector-based economic analysis and strategy for the manufacturing, transportation, distribution & logistics, and biomedical/life sciences industries.


Stephanie Beasly
Open Campus Partnerships Officer
Sandia Labs

Sal Bednarz
Managing Partner
Port Labs

Katie Bowman
Economic Development Manager
City of San Leandro

Rhonda Boykin
Interim Director
Alameda County Workforce Development Board

Brandon Cardwell
Executive Director
i-GATE Innovation Hub

Clayton Chan COO & Co-owner San Francisco Soup Company (DBA Ladle & Leaf) 

Elizabeth Redman Cleveland
Chief Strategist, Sustainable Growth
City of Berkeley

Jennifer Cogley
Deputy Director, Community Relations

Darlene Crane
President Project Concepts, Inc. dba The CraneWorks

Amalia Cunningham
Assist. Deputy Director, Housing and Community Improvement Contra Costa County

Michael Erickson
Director, Bay Area Urban Manufacturing

Joe Ernst
Managing Principal

Robin Fox
Chief Marketing Officer
Maas Brothers Powder Coating

Collette Hanna Economic Development Manager City of Walnut Creek

Rod Hirsch
US Department of Commerce

Derek Hull
Economic Development Manager
City of Pittsburg

Nina F. Ichikawa
Executive Director
Berkeley Food Institute

Noreen King
Evolve Manufacturing

Sibella Kraus
President & Founder
Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE)

Donovan Lazaro
Economic Development Manager
City of Fremont

Sylvia Lewis
Vice President
Sigray, Inc.

Ruben Lizardo
Director, Local Gov't & Com. Relations
UC Berkeley

Mark Martin
Deputy Sector Navigator - Advanced Manufacturing
Peralta Community College District & Board Member AMBayArea

Alfredo Mathew III
Co-Founder and Partner
ESO Ventures

Susan McCue
Economic Development Manager
Alameda County Community Development Agency

Genaro Mempin 

Business Development Executive Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 

Michelle Nemits
Bay Area Executive Director Biocom

Poonum Patel
Senior Business Development Specialist, CalBis

Katrinka Ruk
Executive Director
Council of Industries

Gene Russell
President & CEO

Matt Schrap
Chief Executive Officer
Harbor Trucking Association

Tim Silsbee 

Senior Human Resources Business Partner Torani

Bruce Simon
CSU East Bay STEM Institute

Anne Stedler
Economic Development Manager
City of Newark

Jennifer Tang
Director of Federal and Community Relations
Berkeley Lab

Gregory Theyel, Ph.D.
Program Director
Biomedical Manufacturing Network

Minh Tsai
Hodo Foods

Judy Wetterer
Communications Director
Wareham Development

Derek Kirk (Alternate)
Community-Based Solutions Supervisor

Mark Polhemus (Alternate)
Place-Based Economic Development Specialist



Produce a business-level analysis of the East Bay’s existing manufacturing and supply chain capabilities.


Develop and implement a strategy that increases business resilience through business assistance including innovative land use strategies.


Expand diversity of manufacturing subsectors through support for small and mid-sized manufacturers including startups.


Improve opportunity for middle-wage employment and a wide variety of ownership types, especially for people impacted by losses in other sectors due to COVID-19.











East Bay EDA maintains a list of resources for small to mid-sized manufacturers. Please visit the list below and contact us if you have a resource or information you would like to contribute. Need additional support? Please contact us to schedule an appointment by telephone, web, or in-person at no cost. For additional business resources, please visit our East Bay Business Resources in Response to COVID-19.


Advanced Manufacturing and Transportation Apprenticeships of California 

Alameda County Customized & Incumbent Worker Training in COVID-19

Alameda County On-The-Job Training 

Alameda County No-Cost HR Hotline for Employers

Association of Manufacturers Bay Area (AMBayArea) Virtual Executive Roundtables 

AMBayArea Ambassador (Online) Program 

AMBayArea Purchasing Power

Automotive and Machinist Joint Apprenticeship Committee of Northern California 

Barkar Labs: UC Berkeley’s world-class incubator for life-science startups

Bay Area Air Quality Management Grants to Upgrade or Replace Off-Road Equipment

Bay Area Air Quality Management Grants to Purchase and Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Bay Area National Labs & Lab Innovation Center (LINC)

Bay Area Made Support Network of Skilled Makers and Artisans 

Biomedical Manufacturing Network 

Contra Costa County No-Cost HR Hotline for Employers 

Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex) Employment Training Panel (ETP) Earned Rebate

Manex Small Business Technical Assistance Grant Funding

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Induction Cooking Rebates 

East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD)’s Trucked Waste Program for Wastewaters from Manufacturing

Industrial Assessment Center for Manufacturers’ Energy Use, Waste Generation and Water Consumption 

Intro to Lean Startup: Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

Manufacturing Courses (Online & In-Person)

Microloans for Energy Efficiency Improvements 

Oakland Business Assistance and On-the-Job Training 

PG&E Food Service Rebates 

Port Product Lab Product Development Incubator 

SFMade/HumanMade Next Generation Manufacturing Program 

StopWaste Waste Prevention Grant Opportunities

Tech Futures Group – the 100% Free, Advisory Board for Tech Companies 

UC Berkeley Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Center (LSEC)

UC Berkeley School of Law New Business Community Law Clinic


For more information for small to mid-sized businesses and partners, and to receive Resilient East Bay updates, please sign up for our Manufacturing Newsletter.

Contact Info

Attn: Resilient East Bay
1221 Oak Street, Suite 555
Oakland, CA 94612
+1 (510) 272-6746




California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) is strategically partnered with East Bay EDA to reach out to small and mid-sized California manufacturers and market and co-brand resources that provide assistance. We are reaching out to small and mid-size manufacturers to provide available federal, state, and local programs to address challenges and provide immediate solutions.