In 2014, Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) initiated the organization of a manufacturing cluster with the intention of bringing together regional manufacturers. That year launched the very first manufacturing summit. As the focus of building a strong advanced manufacturing cluster and developing a world-class workforce ecosystem evolved, Fresno Business Council stepped in with industry champions to help lead the charge.
SJVMA was incubated and launched by the Fresno Business Council (FBC), in cooperation with OCED, and in consultation with the manufacturing community. SJVMA maintains its operations under FBC’s 501(c)(6) as a member-based organization.
Leveraging FBC’s long-standing relationships in the business, civic and education sectors has enabled SJVMA a jumpstart in building the bridge between the public and private sectors. Due to FBC’s deep vertical connections at the state level, many built-in resources are used.
Our primary focus is building stronger regional manufacturing companies by strengthening connections and relationships, building growth assets, and strengthening the workforce pipeline by collaborating with education partners and ensuring students are supported in discovering a path that inspires them.
SJVMA members are a diverse group – from CEOs to all employees of manufacturing companies, to organizations that support the manufacturing industry, and those from education and government institutions.