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April 23, 2014

Welcome to the Monterey County Business Council Web Site!

MCBC Mission

We are an alliance of business executives and professionals providing collaborative leadership to help people from business, government, education, and the community work together on countywide issues reflecting our organization's strong commitment to the environment, economic vitality, and quality of life.

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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.

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.

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Hot Topics

An overnight paving project of the northbound and southbound Hwy. 1 on/off-ramps to State Route 68 East in Monterey will take place starting Sunday, Nov. 24. Roadwork hours are from 9 pm to 6 am Sunday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Nov. 25 (ending Tuesday, Nov. 26 by 6 am). Motorists can expect a delay not to exceed 10 minutes. There will be Electronic Message Boards alerting motorists to detour by using the next exit. This roadwork is being performed by the Caltrans Monterey Maintenance Team as a safety precaution to provide motorists and cyclists a safer route to travel. Click here for more information.

Community leaders and friends of the university joined the campus community on Nov. 12 to mark groundbreaking for California State University, Monterey Bay's new academic building. The $43 million, 58,000-square-foot structure will house the College of Business and the School of Information Technology and Communication Design. Housing the two programs together allows students to integrate technology and business practices, and encourages the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship crucial for learning. Click here for more information.

The Commercial Customer Rebate Program for fixtures and appliances will be closing on December 31, 2013. All California American Water customers within the MPWMD are eligible and the rebates are very generous! Some rebates include up to $200 for a high efficiency toilet or up to $1000 for a commercial grade clothes washer. We are urging businesses and commercial property owners to act as these water efficient fixtures and appliances become requirements on 1/1/14. Click here for more information.

New Citizen Alert will require all previously registered participants to re-register. Monterey County and all Cities within the county have implemented an emergency notification system that will be used to contact County and City residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency. To register you will need to create a minimum eight character password. This will enable you to update your contact information whenever it changes. Click here for information on reregistering.

Agency that helps people secure government contracts gets renewal. The Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center in Seaside helped businesses get more than $9.4 million in government contracts in its first year.

The free service will keep at it until at least August 2014, following its recent grant award from the Defense Logistics Agency.

"It's a feather in our cap," said PTAC program manager Brooks Merritt of the renewal. "... It's DLA's recognition that we are a viable asset." Click here for the full article.

Monterey Bay Central Labor Council’s position on Measure K & M - Cesar Lara, Executive Director - PRESS RELEASE FROM MONTEREY BAY LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO. Last week in The Monterey County Herald, a Guest Commentary Section written by Luana Conley, was titled "Check the facts on K and M."

Ms. Conley wrote "The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council voted unanimously not to support Measure K, calling its jobs projection an empty promise."

In yesterday’s letter to the editor in the The Salinas Californian, by Lisa Deas wrote that “The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council voted no on Measure /Monterey Downs”. Neither fact is correct.

Click here for the press release.

Highway 1 overnight paving of on/off-ramps in Monterey begins Sunday. A 2 ½ mile paving project of on/off-ramps on Highway 1 in Monterey from State Route 68 (East) to State Route 68 (West) will begin Sunday, Oct. 6. Overnight work hours and ramp closures will occur Sundays through Thursdays from 9 pm to 6 am. Motorists can expect Up to 20-minute delays. Click here to learn more.

PG&E to offer targeted electric rate reductions to promote economic development. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. Click here to learn more.

The Literacy Campaign for Monterey County will present the “Summit on Literacy and the Economy – Reading Our Way to Prosperity on October 25th. Over 200 local leaders in business, elected officials, government, education and community action will attend the breakfast event to learn about the local literacy problem and local solutions. Click here to learn more.

"Yes on K / No On M" needs your support! Measure K keeps the promises of the Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan including opportunities for jobs to support area families and also keeps the promise made to our Veterans of a Veterans Cemetery and provides for accessible public access. Click here for the "Yes On K / No On M"support form.

The Fort Ord Base Reuse Plan represents a balanced approach to land use. - It creates a center for higher learning with institutions such as California State University, Monterey Bay, the Monterey College of Law and Monterey Peninsula College. - It preserves large tracts of open space with more than 20,000 acres dedicated to habitat and recreational uses. - It also provides areas to replace the 18,000 jobs lost when the military base closed. - The quality of life for all Monterey County residents depends on realizing the promise of all these components of the Base Reuse Plan. Check out the presentation on Job Creation at Former Fort Ord delivered to the City of Seaside by Applied Development Economics.

The quality of life for Monterey County residents is dependent on a reasonable opportunity for economic prosperity as well as the availability of a beautiful natural environment and attractive community amenities. It is important that jobs in the region provide a diversity of employment opportunities to match the skills of the workforce and to provide the household incomes necessary to meet housing and living costs in the area. Click here for the full report on Job Creation at Former Fort Ord delivered to the City of Seaside from Applied Development Economics.

A great Editorial in the Carmel Pine Cone highlighting the absolute need to extend the runways at Monterey Regional Airport to make our community safer. MONTEREY COUNTY Superior Court Judge Lydia Villarreal may not be very good with CEQA, but she has a great, if inadvertent, sense of irony. Last week, Villarreal released her decision putting a halt to plans to build more runway space at Monterey Peninsula Airport to provide an extra margin of safety for planes that overshoot the runway or land short. Click here for the rest of the article.

Gov. Jerry Brown's drive to revamp a nearly 3-decade-old business tax break passed the state Senate. The bill, which now faces potentially strong opposition in the Assembly, all but eliminates the $750-million-a-year, locally controlled enterprise zones and replaces them with a broader, statewide series of business incentives. Click here for the complete article.

Congratulations to Anna Caballero on being appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to be Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Anna Caballero, the new secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, has served as secretary of the California State and Consumer Services Agency since 2011 and was a California state Assemblywoman representing the 28th District from 2006 to 2010. Click here for the announcement from Governor Brown.

What do you think is best for the Monterey Bay area economy? The Monterey California Economic Summit blog is now open! Check out the feedback from the regional forum and join in the conversation with other people from our community. Click here for feedback from the forum and to check out the blog for our region.

Monterey Downs and Horse Park and Central Coast Veterans' Cemetery Specific Plan. Click here for additional information and details on the project.

The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) will be conducting a series of six collaborative community workshops to initiate a regional dialogue about future growth and how we should prioritize future transportation improvements. At each workshop, stakeholders will provide their preferences for how to decrease transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and accommodate housing and employment growth for the region. Click here for community workshop dates and locations.

Sam Farr, Bill Monning: Setting the record straight on Fort Ord ballot measure Thank you Congressman Sam Farr and Assemblyman Bill Monning for your steadfast commitment to support our Veterans by setting the record straight on the Fort Ord ballot measures. Click here for the full article in The Monterey County Herald.

Need help securing that government contract? PTAC provides procurement technical assistance to help companies in the selling of their products or services to the appropriate government agency by offering confidential counseling at no cost. Check out the in-depth write up in the Monterey Herald.

Monterey County Business Council in strong support for the County of Ventura’s proposal to establish an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Test Site in the State of California. We believe this will enhance the economic opportunities for the state and specifically for the Central Coast of CA. Click here to read the entire letter that was sent to Governor Brown supporting this proposal.

Monterey College of Law offers up to $25,000 in tuition grants for Monterey County Business Council members. As a member of the MCBC Higher Education Cluster, Monterey College of Law is providing up to ten individual $2,500 first-year tuition grants to qualified applicants from MCBC member organizations. The grants are available to owners, employees, spouses, and dependents of MCBC member organizations for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. The grants can be applied to both the J.D. and the Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree programs. Click here for more information.

"A Homeowner's Guide to Conserving Water: Rainwater Catchment and Greywater Reuse for Outdoor Use" now available. MCBC's C2 Greywater and Rainwater Catchment Working Group just released its educational brochure for Monterey Bay area residents. Pick up a printed color copy at MCBC's offices, or e-mail You can also download a copy by clicking here.

   MCBC Establishes Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). A program of MCBC, the Monterey Bay PTAC is one of over one-hundred PTACs from a nation-wide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local business compete successfully in the government marketplace. Sponsored and funded in part by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) under a cost-sharing cooperative agreement, the PTAC receives funding from the City of Salinas and in-kind support from several partners. Click here for more information.

   Monterey County Economic Report Now Available. If you would like a printed color copy of the Monterey County Economic Report / Competitive Clusters Status Report 2010-2011, please contact MCBC at or 582-3234. You can also download a copy by clicking here.

   Career Readiness Certificate. The Monterey County Business Council is spearheading the creation of a Career Readiness Certificate to certify worker skills. The mismatch between the skills required for most jobs and the skills of the U.S. workforce is having a significant impact on productivity and revenue across all businesses and industries. Click here to watch a ACT Workforce Development Video that address ACT’s new vision for addressing our nation’s workforce needs. Click here for more information.

Monterey Bay Regional Economic Forum

Monterey Bay Regional Economic Forum
Thursday, March 6th, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join us for this important forum: informative speakers, innovative panels and the 2014 Public Private Partnership Awards.
  • Keynote speaker Christopher Thornburg founder of Beacon Economics will present the 2014 Economic Forecast for the Monterey Bay Region.
  • Ag Tech Panel featuring the latest innovations in technology and current uses
  • 2014 Public Private Partnership Awards
  • Reception and awards start at 5pm

  • More info...

  • MCBC Membership Luncheons

    All meetings are by invitation only.

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

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