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C2: Competitive Clusters

Competitive Clusters is a public/private partnership between the County of Monterey and Monterey County Business Council and is designed to implement economic development action initiatives as well as to provide an economic vision and strategy to guide future economic development efforts.

A Homeowner's Guide to Conserving Water : Rainwater Catchment and Greywater Reuse for Outdoor Use
Monterey County Business Portal

The Monterey County Business Portal is a public/private partnership that was launched as an initiative of the Competitive Clusters (C2) project in order to improve communications efficiency and accessibility of information for economic development within this geographically large county; consolidate and upgrade existing static, non-database, business-related Web resources; foster entrepreneurship for job creation and economic diversification within the region; provide access to expert advice and deep knowledge in relevant industries via a trusted support network and knowledge base; and improve the overall image of Monterey County as a business and technology-friendly community.

Monterey Regional Airport

Fly Monterey! Monterey Peninsula Airport

Major Funding provided by the Monterey County Board of Supevisors


The Hospital Council of Northern and Central California has released their Economic Impact Report!

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Hot Topics

Protecting intellectual property Entrepreneurship Forum set for Oct. 14 - For most startup companies, their intellectual property, including their brand, logo, taglines, documents and innovations, are their most important assets. Those assets need to be protected from competitive infringement. Business owners can learn how to manage and protect their intellectural property at the fall Entrepreneurship Forum set for Oct. 14 at CSU Monterey Bay. The free forum, to be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Center ballroom, is sponsored by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development and CSUMB’s College of Business. This session will feature an industry presentation and a panel of legal experts. Audience members will have an opportunity to interact with the speakers.

For more information, contact MaryJo Zenk at 831-582-3230 or e-mail her at The University Center is located on Sixth Avenue at B Street. Driving directions and a campus map can be found at Visitors must purchase a parking permit from the machine on the lot or online at

New Labor Force and Industry Employment data is now available for August 2014 - The Employment Development Department has released Labor Force and Industry Employment data for August, as well as Projections of Employment by Industry and Occupation through 2020. Find the files, as well as the link to future projections below.

Report 400 C - Monthly Labor Force Data for Counties

Monterey County Unemployment Rate

Industry Employment & Labor Force March 2013 Benchmark

Monthly Labor Force Data for Cities and Census Designated Places (CDP)

Projections of Employment by Industry and Occupation

Updated: Coastal Region REA Profile Due to a wage data error, there have been updated made to the Coastal Region REA Profile. You can view the updated files by clicking on the link you are looking for.

Regional Economic Analysis Profile

Labor Day Briefing Media Market Profile

The unemployment rate in Monterey County was 7.4 percent in July 2014, up from a revised 7.0 percent in June 2014, and below the year-ago estimate of 8.4 percent.

Trade Mission to China Delivers Results for Monterey County Economic Development

David Spaur, Monterey County Director of Economic Development and the past Chair of the Central Coast Marketing Team, joined a regional team of city and business representatives for an economic trade mission to China last month. The costs of the trip were entirely covered by the Central Coast Marketing Team (CCMT) which is made up of the economic development groups from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties and southern Santa Clara County.

The goal of the mission was to meet with and qualify EB-5 investment partners, who have already established a regional center for immigration and investment in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. EB-5 is a visa program which allows foreign nationals to live in the United States for two years, but in order to qualify, the applicant has to agree to make investments in a targeted area, in this case, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, which will lead to sustained job creation. Typical investment projects range from $10-$40 million, with construction financing a half point below market rate.

Spaur says another bonus of the trip was with agriculture representatives who were able to establish a nexus with Driscoll’s and other growers to provide plants to Chinese farmers. They also were able to tour the International Ag Center in Hanai. All this was taking place while Typhoon Rammasun, the worst typhoon in the last 40 years, was ravaging the area. Spaur says despite that, all the goals of the trip were accomplished, which he outlined in a report about the mission to the organization and its members.“The CCMT usually does trade shows and sales mission in the United States only, but every once in a while we will take a vote to do an international mission,” says Spaur.

MCBC Luncheon Cancellation

In order to support one of our partners, the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB), and attend their annual luncheon being held on August 21, the MCBC is cancelling our August 21, 2014 monthly business luncheon. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please save the date for the next MCBC members luncheon - September 18th, 2014 from 11:45am - 1:30pm!

Overnight Highway 1 PG&E permit project in Monterey begins Sunday

An overnight project under permit to PG & E to hydrotest a gas pipeline along Hwy. 1 from Fremont/Camino El Estero to the Ocean Avenue/Hwy. 1 intersection in Monterey will begin on Sunday, July 20 at 8 pm, Caltrans officials have announced. Roadwork consists of partial lane closures from 8 pm to 5 am for six nights, Sunday through Friday with no overnight Saturday work. There may be possible slow movement at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Highway 1. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 10 minutes. Work is expected to be completed in early September.

The purpose of this work is to ensure pipeline safety. The contractor for this permit project is PG&E of San Ramon. Caltrans reminds motorists to move over or slow down when driving through highway work zones. For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-877-448-6771 or can visit our website at:

Pictures from the Monterey Bay Region Critical Conversation have been posted

Future Audience Network Meeting Join the Arts Council of Monterey County for the Future Audience Network Meeting at the Carmel Art Association (Dolores, between 5th & 6th, Carmel)on Wednesday, July 16, from 8:30am - 10:00am Their presenter will be Ken Peterson, Communications Director at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The topic will be "The Art of the Tweet! Harnessing Twitter to Attract and Engage Your Audience". Can you manage more than one Twitter account? How do you maximize impact? What is a tweetdeck?! Ken Peterson is the communications director for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He is responsible for sharing the aquarium's visitation and mission-related stories through traditional and social media. He marks his 25th anniversary at the aquarium this year. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 15 years in Monterey, San Jose and Istanbul. **Still free! Please RSVP to Klara at or 622-9060 ext. 103

Arts Coalition Group in Salinas There is a group of residents in the City of Salinas that is brainstorming ideas on how to create an arts coalition group. The idea is to connect the Salinas art organizations, individuals, and other groups to give them a voice, and to share opportunities. If you would like to be involved or would like to have more information please contact Berniz House at

Informal Town Hall meeting July 12th, 2014 Senator Bill Monning invites you to an informational town hall meeting providing a state and federal update on the status for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery along with his guest, Congressman Sam Farr. Saturday, July 12th 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. At the Monterey Institute of International Studies Morse B-104 426 Van Buren Street Monterey, CA 93940 If you have questions, or to RSVP, contact Senator Monning's Monterey Office at (831) 657-6315 For more information about the topics at hand, click here

Streamlining Global Trade Join a group of established global supply chain experts and new logistic technology innovators at the Pillsbury Law facility on July 17th in Palo Alto, Ca. for a special conference on how small businesses, logistic service providers and larger enterprises with global supply chains can utilize these new and emerging online logistic solutions for effective and competitive global trade. Click here for more information.

MCBC Membership Luncheons

All meetings are by invitation only.

Second Fridays every month
11:45 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Bayonet & Black Horse
1 McClure Way
Seaside, CA

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