Good news for local ag, affordable housing, and more this week, plus a company that earned a contract worth up to $40 million with assistance from the Monterey Bay PTAC.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Edition 653

Tanimura & Antle hosts ribbon-cutting for Spreckels Crossing employee housing 

Tanimura & Antle (BCM) demonstrated this week what vision and resolve can accomplish: The Salinas produce giant celebrated the completion of Spreckels Crossing, the company's agricultural employee housing project on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting.
There's plenty to celebrate: The project demonstrates a leadership stance on addressing a lack of affordable workforce housing, one of the region's most pressing problems. It's a particularly acute problem in the local ag industry, where seasonal laborers are often hard-pressed to afford rent in the Salinas Valley. T&A proposed building housing for its seasonal employees in the spring of 2015 after some crops were left unharvested due to a labor shortage.
Tanimura & Antle unveiled details of the plan during the Monterey County Business Council's Regional Critical Conversation in June 2015, and MCBC was a strong and vocal advocate for the 100-apartment complex. The first residents moved in for the 2016 Salinas harvest season on April 15.   
"Spreckels Crossing is a true testament to what can be accomplished when business and local government work together in cooperation," said CEO and President Rick Antle. "Rarely does one have the opportunity to improve the community as this project has. Not only have we addressed the critical affordable housing need of our community, we have changed lives."
The housing complex was built by Monterey-based Avila Construction (BCM). At Wednesday's event, Principal Mike Avila and Antle credited the county with streamlining the permitting process so that the project could be completed in time for harvesting in April, and T&A also worked with LandWatch and Monterey-Salinas Transit (BCM) on planning issues.
The company hopes the completed project will serve the industry as an example for others to follow suit.  Read more
Photo courtesy of the Salinas Californian. 

Monterey Technologies, Inc.: Another success story for the Monterey Bay PTAC

Monterey Technologies, Inc. President and CEO Robert Chamberlain has a simple answer to what his company does: "We make stuff easy to use."
But the company's work is uniquely fascinating, addressing the way people interact with products and technology and the things they come in contact with in their everyday lives. Essentially, he says, it's addressing the user experience of design, to assure it's engineered to do exactly what it needs to do – no more and no less â€“ in a satisfactory manner.
The old-school terminology, says Chamberlain, is human factors engineering and human-systems integration.
He often uses TV remotes, something most people come in contact with on a daily basis, to illustrate his point: Ask a roomful of people what all those buttons are for, and it's rare that anyone would be able to answer correctly. Why does it matter if your TV remote has five, 10, or a dozen buttons you don't use? It matters, he says, because most people use their remotes just fine without most of the functions, and the cost of engineering and producing a product is directly impacted by all that extra stuff. And poor design can lead to frustration, safety issues or other problems.
Chamberlain's clients have ranged from hotels looking to figure out why their room turnover rate was lagging (turns out a flawed cleaning cart design with tiny trash receptacles was slowing down the room-cleaning process, not slow-working employees) to the Department of Defense, U.S. Army, Federal Aviation Administration, Intel, General Dynamics and the Commonwealth of Australia. It's a highly specialized field, with a handful of companies competing for contracts, and its employees are among the best and the brightest, comprised of Masters- and Ph.D.-level human factors experts and military professionals with significant operational experience. These days, Monterey Technologies has a presence in San Diego, Colorado, Denver, Park City, Seattle, Washington and several other U.S. cities.
Over the course of its 32 years, Monterey Technologies has done lots of contract work for government agencies, so it's hardly a stranger to the proposals that go into the procurement process. Yet the government contracts process can be exacting, challenging and highly competitive, so when it wanted to bid on a big NASA  contract in October 2013, it sought the advice of the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to review its draft proposal.
Chamberlain says his company is hardly the most typical PTAC client â€“ in fact, he has made presentations about government contracting in the past at PTAC seminars – yet the experienced review of PTAC Senior Procurement Specialist/Counselor Jeff Cuskey helped Monterey Technologies develop a comprehensive proposal that not only won the company a contract worth up to $40 million from the NASA Ames Research Center, but also highest praise of reviewers, who described the proposal as "the most comprehensive of any they'd received," said Chamberlain. Monterey Technologies was one of five companies and the only small business to win one of the contract awards. 
The contract requires the Monterey-based firm to conduct rotor wing research and development that will provide new technologies for helicopters and advanced vertical lift aircraft for a contract period of five years. 
"They were significant help to us in getting that proposal together," says Chamberlain. "That evaluation was due in part to the fact that we had some really smart people at the PTAC helping us."

The Monterey Bay PTAC is a program of the Monterey County Business Council. The PTAC's mission is to help generate employment and improve the general economic condition of the Monterey Bay and supported communities. They accomplish their mission by helping small businesses sell their goods and services to federal, state and local government agencies. The core of their procurement assistance program is counseling and education, 
A not-for-profit organization, the PTAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency. Funding is also provided by the Monterey County Business Council, the County of Monterey, the City of Salinas, and in-kind support. The PTAC uses these funds to help them provide procurement technical assistance services at no cost to the business. Learn more about the PTAC's services and upcoming events here or call (831) 582-3237.
On the menu at our next Eggs & Issues breakfast forum: The new overtime law

Please join the Monterey County Business Council for our Quarterly Business Breakfast – Eggs & Issues!
Eggs & Issues is a gathering of interested persons from business, professions, government and the not-for-profit sector that are concerned about key issues affecting the economic health of Monterey County and are looking for solutions. Please join us on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m at Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill for our next breakfast highlighting an issue of critical import to all employers and their employees.This event is open to the public. 
On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating federal overtime regulations, which will automatically extend overtime pay protections to over 4 million workers within the first year of implementation.  California businesses employing salaried workers must be prepared for the new law in order to ensure compliance and avoid the substantial penalties and potential litigation for noncompliance.  
Dennis G. McCarthy and Sharilyn Payne of MCBC member organization Fenton & Keller will lead our discussion of these issues, starting with their presentation: "Are Your Employees Exempt? Think Again: New Department of Labor Regulations May Change Your Mind." Read more about our presenters here and sign up below to reserve your spot.

Special thanks to Credit Consulting Services for sponsoring our Aug. 4 and Sept. 22 "Eggs & Issues" breakfast forums!
Become an 'Eggs & Issues' sponsor! 
Sponsorship opportunities are available for Eggs & Issues!
For $250, local sponsors receive the following:
  • Five (5) minutes to speak about their company and its activities
  • Recognition at the event
  • Recognition in all marketing materials (e.g., social media, website, etc.)
  • Recognition in Friday Facts, our weekly email newsletter
  • Two tickets for the breakfast
  • For $400, a company gets to sponsor two consecutive breakfasts.
Contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at should you wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Go-Biz to host series of California Competes Tax Credit workshops, webinars

New workshops have been announced by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to help businesses apply for the California Competes Tax Credit, with local workshops as follows:

GO-Biz is awarding a total of $243.3 million in tax credits in fiscal year 2016-17. Application period starts July 25, with $75 million in tax credits available. Click here for details. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 22, at 11:59 p.m. The online application can be accessed starting July 25 at

Monterey Bay Housing Trust to fund development of affordable housing

Seeking solutions to the regional housing crunch, the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership and the Housing Trust of Silicon Valley have teamed up to establish a $10 million loan fund for the development of affordable housing projects in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.
“We feel it is absolutely critical to bring resources into our region that could improve the supply of available housing,” said Bud Colligan, co-chair of the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership.
The Economic Partnership is committed to raising $2 million in donations, the first $500,000 already having been committed, that will be matched with funds from Housing Trust Silicon Valley lending capital in a four-to-one ratio. As loans made to affordable housing developers are repaid from construction financing, Monterey Bay Housing Trust funds will be reinvested in other new projects, leveraging the $10 million fund many times over.
"The development of the Monterey Bay Housing Trust is a major step forward, advancing our ability to promote and encourage affordable housing construction throughout the region," said Monterey County Supervisor Simon Salinas. Read more
Learn more about the Monterey Bay Housing Trust here.
Source: Monterey County Herald,Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

Get in on early-bird registration for Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit

Register now to quality for early-bird pricing for  admission to the Monterey County Business Council's Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit, from 7:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 in the Monterey Marriott's Ferrante's Bay View Room.
The annual summit is the opportunity for the presidents and institutions that are members of the Monterey County Business Council's Higher Education and Research Competitive Cluster to showcase their upcoming collaborations and projects as well as highlight the economic impact of education and research in the Monterey Bay region with the public release of an economic impact report.  Accordingly, attendees can expect insights from, and the opportunity to network with, leading officials from Cal State University Monterey Bay (BCM), University of California Santa Cruz, Monterey Peninsula College (BCM), Hartnell College (BCM), Monterey College of Law (BCM), the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM), Defense Language Institute (BCM), Naval Postgraduate School (BCM) and others.
Come learn about important research projects and collaborations, including an update on the Bright Futures Cradle-to-Career initiative in which regional partners are working together to ensure that every child is prepared for school, succeeds in and out of the classroom, completes a post-high school credential and enters a promising career.  Attend and discover how you can help this crucial effort for our community. View a video about Bright Futures HERE.
Contact Monterey County Business Council Executive Director Brian Turlington at or 831.216.3020 for information regarding the Summit and sponsorship opportunities. 

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The MCBC thanks our intial sponsors for this event, PG&E(BCM) and the County of Monterey (BCM).

Ag industry shines brightly this week

Two huge events this week in Monterey County showcasing just how important, and innovative, the region's agricultural industries are: The Forbes AgTech Summit, which was expected to draw close to 600 participants this year, and a new event, the Organic Produce Summit in Monterey. Both events are attracting strong media coverage.
The inaugural Organic Produce Summit on July 13-14 brings increasing attention to the $13 billion organic fresh produce marketplace, as well as impressive numbers to Monterey: a sold-out exhibitor and attendee list, and 60 different buying organizations attending and totaling over 40,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada. Among the featured speakers was Tonya Antle, principal with Tanimura & Antle, who also served as Master of Ceremonies..
Other speakers included Juicero CEO and Founder, Doug Evans; Laura Batcha, President of the Organic Trade Association; Chad Hagen, Vice President of Consumer Products, SunOpta; Mark Bittman,noted author and former New York Times columnist. A 2017 Organic Produce Summit is already being planned for next July. Read more

Balestreri named to U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
Now it's official: Ted Balestreri, chairman and CEO of the Cannery Row Co. (BCM), was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB). The official swearing in ceremony took place June 30 in Washington, D.C. 
The TTAB, established in 2003, serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters related to the travel and tourism industry in the United States. The board members represent a broad spectrum of the travel industry, including transportation services, financial services, hotels and restaurants, as well as a mix of small and large firms from across the country. 
Balestreri was deeply involved in the revitalization and development of one of the country’s most famous streets. Balestreri is also general managing partner of the Foursome Development Co., the parent company whose majority ownership of commercial properties on and around Cannery Row — including luxury hotels, restaurants, and retail stores — has significantly contributed to the transformation of the area into the bustling attraction it is today. Travel and tourism is the second largest industry in Monterey County and Cannery Row attracts over 4 million visitors per year from all over the world.
“The TTAB plays an important role in developing longterm strategies and policies to stimulate growth in the industry. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to engaging in efforts to increase travel and tourism to the United States,” said Balestreri. 
Balestreri served as the longest-ever-seated Commissioner of the California Travel and Tourism Commission, from 1985-2007; and in 1995 was also appointed California delegate to the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism. 

LanguageLine leading with new innovations

LanguageLine Solutions (BCM) has just released a mobile video interpreting solution after a successful beta trial. LanguageLine InSight Video Interpreting (InSight) is now available in the app store for free download and is available as a native iOS app, for Android tablets with Chrome and Mac or PC running Chrome or Firefox.
InSight offers full end-to-end encryption and provides both video and audio interpreting capabilities, replacing the need for phone lines and specialized equipment. An intuitive user-friendly interface allows easy and rapid access to LanguageLine's 8,000+ interpreters on demand in 35 languages including American Sign Language, and 24-hour access to 240 audio languages.
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula was one of the first beta clients to deliver an InSight interpreting experience to its patients. Read more

Mann Packing strengthens its marketing division with new appointments 

Great news for MCBC member Mann Packing, which is beefing up its marketing division. The company is promoting Gina Nucci to Director of Corporate Marketing, a newly created position in which she will lead Mann’s efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate marketing programs that promote Mann’s image in the marketplace.
Loree Dowse has been named as Foodservice Marketing Manager, tasked in charge of marketing programs geared toward the company’s foodservice customers. Since joining the marketing team in December 2015, she's handled marketing activities, conducted recipe development, advised on new products, and penned the company's Foodservice blog, "Mann, That’s Easy!" Read more

Clinica De Salud earns recognition

Congratulations to Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (BCM): The health care provider received the prestigious Joint Commission Accreditation Healthcare Organization's Gold Seal of Approval. The independent not-for-profit organization accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Clinica de Salud has received that status annually since 2001.
Source: The Salinas Californian

MCBC's Friday Facts sponsor for July

This month, the Monterey County Business Council celebrates Scudder Roofing Co. as the inaugural sponsor of Friday Facts. Learn more about the company below and support them as a thriving and valuable part of the Monterey County business community. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.



When Pete and Karen Scudder started a roofing company out of their Prunedale home in 1982, they started small. But they brought years of combined industry experience and a shared vision for quality work and customer service.

These days, Scudder Roofing Co. is a thriving success story. The company, which now has its headquarters and a state-of-the-art products showroom in Marina, employs a staff of more than 45 people. Evolving with the industry, a sister company, Scudder Solar Energy Systems, was launched in 2007. Over the years, Scudder Roofing has handled thousands of jobs throughout Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties, from roof replacements and emergency leak repairs to green roofing technologies, solar installations and vegetative roofing systems. 

Scudder Roofing Co. continues to be a family-run organization, with Pete Scudder as company president, Karen in the role of secretary/treasurer, and their daughters Jennifer Scudder serving as chief operations officer and production manager and Kelly Scudder Supinksi working at Scudder in project development. And its original values remain intact: Providing excellent customer service and quality, investing in its workforce, and giving back to the community. Over the years, the Scudders have been generous supporters of many nonprofit, charitable organizations, including Rancho Cielo (Salinas Youth Center), YMCA Salinas, Miracle House Program, CASA, Hospice Foundation, Monterey Peninsula College Athletic Center, Common Ground, Marina Youth Soccer, CASA, Marina Rotary and the Monterey Bay Area Boy Scouts Chapter. Pete Scudder currently serves on the executive committee of the Monterey County Business Council, which in 2013 named Scudder Roofing Company as a recipient of the MCBC's Economic Vitality Award for Sustainable Building and Design. Scudder Roofing has also been named contractor of the year by the Monterey Builders Exchange and the Salinas Valley Builders Exchange and is a past recipient of an MCBC Small Business of the Year award.

After 35 years in the business, Pete Scudder, his family and his dedicated employees still hold true to this simple philosophy: "Our top priority has always been upholding our 100% customer satisfaction guarantee."

Scudder Roofing Co. is located at 3342 Paul Davis Drive in Marina; The showroom is at 3344 Paul Davis Drive. Visit them online or call  831.373.7212 or 1-800-NEW-ROOF.

Click here for a video tour of the Scudder Roofing Company Showroom in Marina with Pete Scudder.

No Membership Luncheon in August; Mark your calendar for our September event

Please note that there will be no MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon for the month of August due to the Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance. 
Our membership luncheon returns on Friday, Sept. 9, from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (BCM). Special guest speaker will be F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of the nonprofit nonpartisan Next 10. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Make your reservation now or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

Get the word out!  

How do you reach your audience? You could try carrier pigeons. Messages in a bottle. Paper airplanes. 

Or you could cut to the chase and make sure your vital message hits its target.

If you are a voting MCBC member, you can submit news items of general interest about your organization or upcoming events for consideration for free inclusion in Friday Facts, our  weekly MCBC e-newsletter that reaches a vast audience of key decision-makers, industry leaders, movers and shakers in Monterey County and the greater region.

It's just one more valuable perk of being a member of an organization that's helping to shape the future of Monterey County for the better. 

Non-voting members can contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington for rate information.

And if you aren't yet a member, join us now.  Download the membership application or call 216-3000.


Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council's efforts for economic development and education.



Tuesday, July 19 – AgTech Salinas MeetUp, 6 p.m.,CSUMB @ Salinas City Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. Presentations from three startups housed at the Innovation Center: Trace Genomics, Specright and Inteligistics. RSVP here.

Thursday, Aug. 4 – Eggs & Issues: "Are Your Employees Exempt? Think Again!" featuring Fenton & Keller attorneys Sharilyn Payne and Dennis McCarthy in an informative breakfast discussion relevant to all employers and their employees. Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill, 7:30-9 a.m. Thanks to Credit Consulting Services, Inc. for sponsoring Eggs & Issues. For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington. RSVP

Friday, August 12 – Please note that there will be NO MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon this month due to the Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance. For details, call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

Friday, Sept. 9 â€“ MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club, Seaside. Special guest speaker will be F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of the nonprofit nonpartisan Next 10. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP info coming soon or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

SAVE THE DATE â€“ Friday, Oct. 14: Mark your calendars, as this is an event you won't want to miss! It's our roast of founding MCBC Member and President Mary Ann Leffel! Event will take place at the Intercontinental The Clement Monterey. More details, including pricing and sponsorship opportunities, coming soon.

SAVE THE DATE â€“ Thursday, Oct. 27: Monterey County Business Council Annual Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit. 7:30-10 a.m., Monterey Marriott. 

SAVE THE DATE  â€“ Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017: Mark your calendar for next year's MCBC 22nd Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards at the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

Founded in 1995, the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) is a 501(c)(6) organization comprised of a diverse group of members representing all industries and geographic areas of Monterey County. It remains the only countywide organization focused on business advocacy, economic development and workforce readiness.

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