Successful Launch Event for Global Trade & Logistics Leadership Cluster

Business Leaders from Matson Logistics, Dreisbach and US Maritime Administration for Infrastructure Step Up to Champion Key Issues Identified

The Trade/Transportation & Logistics Leadership Cluster hosted a very successful Launch Event On March 26, 2014,at the Port of Oakland, attended by fifty-one professionals involved in the transportation and logistics of San Francisco’s dynamic East Bay region.

About half of the attendees (21) were executives and leaders of companies, asked to share insights as to opportunities and needs of the global trade and logistics industry in the SF Bay Area, with particular focus on the Interior SF East Bay. The other half (30) were representatives of the Cluster Leadership for this sector: a blend of academic, workforce development , consulting and other service providers, and government bodies involved in the initiative (complete list of participants provided at close of this article). These public-sector partners participated ‘in listening mode’, as leaders identified and discussed issues, challenges and opportunities and together prioritized a set for focused effort by the
partnership.

Modeled after successful industry partnerships in other regions of the U.S., this initiative will be an ongoing regional forum for East Bay companies involved in transportation and logistics to collectively address issues related to competitiveness and growth. Companies that have participated in cluster partnerships have found them to be of value and result in tangible benefits such as a more qualified workforce, increased productivity, reduced turnover, and even new business innovations.

Importantly, several of these leaders stepped up to champion individual issues which ranged from Public Policy and Infrastructure needs to the challenge of adequate Talent. The champions are:

Shyamal Roy, VP Operations of Matson Logistics for Talent

John Hummer of the U.S. Maritime Administration for Infrastructure

Marianne Dreisbach, Dreisbach Enterprises for Public Policy

Our Cluster Leadership Team, DWM and DBS Team are very pleased with the launch, and particularly excited for the positive energy, powerful insights and commitment of champions to this effort! Champions have met with subgroups for addressing each of these areas to define a strategy and plan of action to address specific issues identified. The Partnership is moving forward on action plans for each of these priorities and will meet again in September.

Companies Invited/ Attending Launch Event

Dreisbach Enterprises
Give Something Back Office
Supplies
U.S. Maritime Administration
PCC Logistics
Nelson Staffing
Tradesmen International
DW Morgan
Matson Navigation Company
American Journal of Transportation
PCC Logistics
ALOM Technologies
The Staffing Solutions Group
Matson Logsitics
JSI Logistics
Dreisbach
Dean Foods/Berkeley Farms
Port of Oakland
De Viz Enterprises
Bay Crossings
College of Alameda
CoLab
Contra Costa College
Carrollco Marketing Services
Design it – Build it – Ship it
Teamsters Local 858
Contra Costa College
Alameda County Workforce
Investment Board
College of Alameda
Design it – Build it – Ship it
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of
Commerce
Contra Costa Community College
District
East Bay Works
Global Trade & Logistics –
California Community Colleges
College of Alameda
The Unity Council
California State University –
Maritime
East Bay Economic Development
Alliance
Collaborative Economics
Contra Costa Community College
District
The Unity Council
College of Alameda
Design it – Build it – Ship it
City of Oakland
Global Trade & Logistics –
California Community Colleges
Career Ladders Project
Global Trade & Logistics –
California Community Colleges
Contra Costa Community College
District
Global Trade & Logistics –
California Community Colleges
Oakland Workforce Investment
Board