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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Edition 670

California’s ‘Salad Bowl’ is cultivating more than crops
The rapidly expanding agtech revolution in the Salinas Valley is highlighted in a report this week on PBS NewsHour.
Local hi-tech innovation showcased by PBS
California’s "Salad Bowl’ is cultivating more than crops, and a PBS NewsHour report this week is showcasing how high-tech innovation is growing in the Salinas Valley. Part of a weekly series covering the leading edge of science and technology, the story looks at how technology can improve production.

HeavyConnect, a new mobile communication app designed to help farm managers keep better track of equipment and personnel, gets airtime, as does the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology, the ag-tech incubator in downtown Salinas where Heavy Connect and other startups are working to break into the $50 state's billion-a-year fresh produce industry. Other companies in the incubator are working to address soil testing, food safety, water and crop monitoring, according to the report.

Hartnell College's  CSin3 program,which is creating computer science  graduates in just three years, is helping create the kind of skilled workforce needed for those agtech jobs that not only make farming more efficient, but also bring higher wages to the laborforce. Watch the report
Monterey Bay PTAC, Fresno SBA to co-host free "Sources Sought" webinar
The Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center will host "Responding to Sources Sought," a free webinar from 10-10:30 a.m. Dec. 9. To be led by Monterey Bay PTAC Program Manager Teri Williams, the webinar is the second in a three-part series of webinars held in conjunction with the Fresno SBA.  

For those unfamiliar with the term, a "Sources Sought" is not an actual bid or proposal solicitation; instead, it's a solicitation of interest. Think of "Sources Sought" as market research being conducted by a government agency to determine what the capabilities and interests of the marketplace are.  
Interested in taking part in this free event? Join the conference by clicking here or dial in on one of the following numbers. When prompted, enter the meeting access code 8271830#.
  • Caller-Paid number: 646-746-3008 
  • Toll-Free Number (in USA): 888-858-2144. 
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In the past four years, the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has assisted over 700 clients. Their client needs have ranged from simple to wildly sophisticated, but one thing they all have in common: Seeking assistance from an experienced PTAC counselor has allowed them to grow their business and compete for government contracts.

Find out how the Monterey Bay PTAC can help your business with no-cost counseling and guidance at the PTAC website. Other upcoming workshops include How to Market to Federal Agencies (Dec. 14), and more.
Pictured, the tasting room of Smith Family Wines offers views of the vineyards in Soledad. San Francisco Chronicle photo courtesy of James Tensuan.
A toast to wine industry's founding families
Uncork a bottle of Monterey County wine tonight and savor the compelling history of three families that shaped the region's award-winning wine industry. The San Francisco Chronicle, in a travel story this week, described Alexander-Smith/Paraiso,  McIntyre Vineyards and Scheid Vineyards as "long-standing and continuously family-run wineries to know. Each has had a seismic impact on the local industry; all make wines that are unique expressions of the region." Read more
Source: San Francisco Chronicle. 
Coworking feasibility report suggests unmet local demand
The Fort Ord Reuse Authority and the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM) completed a regional coworking space market feasibility report to better understand local market readiness to support investment in coworking facilities.Results of this study suggest an unmet demand for new coworking spaces in the study area. Neighboring communities with similar demographics have a proliferation of coworking spaces, while the study area has few. 
  • Among other indicators, new community development as part of the civilian reuse of the former Fort Ord continues to gain momentum. Seventy percent of survey respondents indicated a desire to use coworking facilities.
  • These trends indicate an existing current demand and growing future demand for coworking spaces. Early market actors could take advantage of the current market and service provision imbalance. See the report here.
Source: Fort Ord Reuse Authority
Lending Tree offers small businesses a chance to win $50,000 in grant contest
LendingTree is running a $50,000 small business grant contest for small business owners in local communities that want to grow and expand. The application process is easy and the chance at a $50,000 grant could have a huge impact for local small business owners. Get contest details
Monterey Regional Airport to host public scoping meeting for proposed safety project
Monterey Regional Airport (BCM) officials have scheduled a Public Scoping Meeting for the Environmental Assessment currently being prepared to consider the potential environment impacts of the proposed Airport Safety Enhancement Project for Taxiway “A” Relocation and Associated Building Relocations at the airport. The Scoping Meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Airport District Board Room, 200 Fred Kane Drive, Monterey.  The meeting format is an informal open house and interested parties are invited to stop by to view maps and displays, communicate with airport staff, and provide their written comments. Airport staff will be available to gather the public’s thoughts about what alternatives and environmental impacts should be studied in the environmental analysis.

Evaluation in the EA includes several components that will be phased over the next 10 years including:
  • General Aviation hangar relocation from the southeast to north of the airfield;
  • Potential property acquisition or easement;
  • Commercial passenger terminal complex and south side frontage road construction;
  • Airport rescue and firefighting (ARFF) building relocation;
  • Existing terminal and ARFF building demolition; and
  • Taxiway  and ARFF building ft from Runway 10R-28L (including connector taxiways “G” and “J”).
Written comments can be provided at the scoping meeting or submitted to the physical address (Monterey Peninsula Airport District Planning & Development Department, 200 Fred Kane Drive #200, Monterey, Calif. 93940), via email or website.  All written comments must be submitted by 5 p.m., Dec. 20. Get more details through the link “Airport Projects In-Progress” on the airport’s website or contact the Planning and Development Department at 648-7000 ext. 208.
Mann Packing makes a difference for local families in need
Mann Packing is doing its part to help local families in need. The company paired with the Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County (BGCMC) to support the Club’s Adopt-A-Family program. As a result of the partnership, more than 1,000 youths and their families were served Thanksgiving meals at the clubs’ five locations last week. In addition, 100 families received a food box for the holiday school break. The company also recently donated $10,000 during the BGCMC’s Great Futures Telethon and makes an annual $15,000 pledge to the Club’s Health Lifestyles initiative. Donations to Adopt-A-Family can be made on the BGCMC’s website.
Latest MCBC member: Coldwell Banker 
Welcome to our newest MCBC member, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. The Carmel-based real estate brokerage has 145 independent sales associates in six local offices on the Monterey Peninsula. Located at 126 Clock Tower Place #100, they can be reached at or 626-2222.
California Competes Tax Credit workshops
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has announced a series of workshops and webinars designed to help businesses apply for the California Competes Tax Credit, an income tax credit available to businesses who want to come, stay, or grow in California. The next CCTC application period starts Jan. 2, 2017, with $100 million in tax credits available.  Businesses interested in applying can register to attend any of the workshops and receive valuable information from GO-Biz staff. Get the details
Help where it's most needed
Nice reminder this week in The Californian about the vital services provided by Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (BCM) and its free mobile health vans, which make regular day-long visits to multiple locations in Salinas, Pajaro, and Sand City. One performs eye exams, the other medical and dental work.For a schedule and more information about Clinica services, contact or call 757-8689. Read the story here.
Source: The Salinas Californian
Don't miss early bird rates: Register now for TPO's Employment Law & Leadership Conference 
Register now and save: TPO's 13th Annual Employment Law & Leadership Conference will take place on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, and Monterey County Business Council members qualify for a special discount rate.

The annual conference highlights hot topics in labor and employment law designed to bring you up to speed on the regulatory front and trends to watch in 2017. Afternoon breakout sessions will focus on "The Digital Revolution at Work,""Confirming the Value of HR: The Big Picture," "Delegation Done Right: How to Free Up Your Time While Developing Others," and more. Register now with code "MCBC" for Monterey County Business Council discount rate of $249 for early-bird registration. Get complete conference details at
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Friday, Dec. 9 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon: Please note that MCBC will NOT host a Monthly Membership Luncheon in December. The regularly scheduled  meetings take place on the second Friday of the month from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, Seaside. They will resume after the holidays For details, call 831.216.3000. Note that our Monthly Membership Luncheon is by invitation only.

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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