As the only trade association in Colorado focused on manufacturing, CAMA aims to make manufacturing vogue all over the state. CAMA is working to foster a strong and expanding manufacturing base here in Colorado for today and tomorrow. CAMA is connecting our young people to the promising career paths offered by manufacturing and ensuring a workforce pipeline to meet the needs of growing manufacturers.
CAMA strives to educate manufacturers through our “Advanced-U” programs with information and strategies that will help them better succeed. CAMA’s signature B2B Lounge connects people and businesses throughout the manufacturing industry to drive business development opportunities.
Our Program of Work focuses on specific activities that will Rebrand, Restructure, Rebuild, and Revitalize Colorado’s manufacturing sector. This Four “R” Program of Work has been designed to provide the tools necessary for manufacturing businesses to be successful while connecting the dots between the reasons for growing manufacturing business in Colorado, and the workforce necessary to support industry growth.
CAMA is an innovative business organization created by manufacturers for manufacturers. CAMA’s members understand that manufacturing doesn’t advance by chance, but by change.
CAMA is committed to working with Colorado K-12 students to rebuild the workforce pipeline. One way we do this is the Cardboard Challenge. On October 8th hundreds of students from Kindergarten up through 12th grade gathered for the challenge in Cherry creek. Using cardboard, tape, string, and any other recycled materials they could find, the kids let their imagination run wild.
More than 400 entries were judged throughout the age categories Kindergarten – 2nd, 3rd – 5th, Middle School and High School. Whether in groups or individually, students used their creativity to build the most innovative projects from solar fans to bicycles, functional games to intricate dinosaur replicas. CAMA then rewards these students with cash prizes ranging from $200 -500 dollars.
A well-stocked workforce pipeline is meaningless without a growing manufacturing sector. CAMA is focused on revitalizing our manufacturing base by providing our members with the necessary tools for manufacturing success.
One of CAMA’s signature events, the B2B Lounge, is a reception with light hors d’oeuvres and beverages, providing an opportunity for Colorado manufacturers to network and develop new business. CAMA’s ability to connect the dots between businesses through our B2B has resulted in millions of dollars in new sales to Colorado companies that could have gone to manufacturers outside the state.
Program of Work
CAMA aims to make manufacturing vogue all over the state. CAMA is working to foster a strong and expanding manufacturing base here in Colorado for today and tomorrow. Our Program of Work focuses on specific activities that will Rebrand, Restructure, Rebuild and Revitalize Colorado’s manufacturing sector. This Four “R” Program of Work has been designed to provide the tools necessary for manufacturing businesses to be successful while connecting the dots between the reasons for growing manufacturing business in Colorado, and the workforce necessary to support it.
Rebrand – CAMA activities that will raise the awareness and positive understanding of the impact that manufacturing has on Colorado’s economy. From surgical devices, robotics, flat panels, to space vehicles, Coolorado’s manufacturers are quiet, hidden resources. CAMA is committed to getting the word out that Colorado’s manufacturing sector is “open for business.”
Restructure – On average, every manufacturing job supports 2.5 jobs in other sectors. Manufacturing jobs, with an average wage of $62,000, pay approximately 25% more in wages and benefits than the combined average for all other industries in the state. CAMA is working to align public policies with objectives that advance manufacturing in the state of Colorado and making it better and easier to do business here.
Rebuild – CAMA’s rebuild campaign is dedicated to rebuilding a manufacturing workforce pipeline. These programs have been designed to provide multiple activities at different grade levels and allows manufacturers to engage with the educational system as partners.
Revitalize – CAMA is here to provide our members with the tools they need to advance their business. This includes our signature B2B Lounge and monthly Advanced U educational seminars.
On Tuesday, May 26th, Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Rollie Heath, Representative Pete Lee, Rep. Williams, Rep Kraft-Tharp, Rep. Foote met at CAMA Member Intertech Plastics to sign 4 workforce bills into law. Eight of the ten workforce bills supported by CAMA passed with Bi-Partisan support. These bills will be key to developing and sustaining a workforce pipeline in Colorado.
The first bill, HB15-1230, will reimburse businesses for one-half of their expenses, up to $5000, related to interns to encourage businesses to take on interns, and lower the subsequent burden.
HB15-1276, created the Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Grant Program within CDLE. Qualified recipients would offer training for skills that are needed in the workforce, providing transferable credentials.
HB15-1270 will creates P-Tech schools that enroll students in STEM programs, facilitating graduation with a high school diploma and an associate degree in applied science.
Other bills included focus on concurrent enrollment course work to include apprenticeship and internship programs with tuition assistance, and directing the CO Workforce Development Council to design industry-driven, education-based career pathways for critical occupations in growing industries.
CAMA was proud to work on these 8 bills to aid Colorado’s workforce. Sticking to our goal to Rebrand, Restructure, Rebuild, and Revitalize manufacturing in Colorado, CAMA will continue to work with industry, education and the state to ensure our businesses have a capable and agile workforce to grow and build talent pipelines with.