Building success, one client at a time, unveiling a seasonal migration, and delving deep into housing needs.
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Business Council members identified as (BCM)

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Edition 669

PTAC builds local success stories
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.

The very first PTAC client, Paul Brownfield Plumbing, reached out to the PTAC on Sept. 21, 2012 in need of assistance with registering in the SAM (System for Award Management). They needed to be registered in SAM to be able to bid on a contract with the USDA. Just one week later, thanks to the PTAC’s assistance, the Salinas-based company was successful in winning a USDA contract award on Sept. 28, 2012 in the amount of $12,240.

Find out how the Monterey Bay PTAC can help your business with no-cost counseling and guidance at the PTAC website. Upcoming workshops include Writing Subcontractor Plans  (Nov. 29), Responding to a Sources Sought (Dec. 2), How to Market to Federal Agencies (Dec. 14), and more.
Study to focus on farmworker housing
The city of Salinas (BCM) voted Tuesday to fund research on the housing needs of farmworkers. If the project receives approval by partner cities Gonzales (BCM), Soledad, Greenfield (BCM) and King City, the year-long study would focus on pinpointing existing housing conditions and the need for farmworker housing in the Salinas Valley. The last time a study of this scope was completed was in 2001. 

Adequate and affordable housing is essential to the local ag industries, and particularly if the region wants to continue moving forward in branding itself as an agtech hub. "The results will be critical as our city moves forward and how the old ag industry moves forward,” said Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz . “You know we've been developing this hub of excellence and helping solve the housing crisis in farm worker housing will be an important part of how we do well in terms of promoting our agriculture and dealing with the agriculture industry." Learn more
Source: KION
Tanimura & Antle (BCM), leading the way to alleviate the housing shortage, constructed its own farmworker housing development in Spreckels.
Help plan for biking and walking improvements in South Monterey County
Share your input on biking and walking improvements that are needed in South Monterey County. The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (BCM) and the city of Gonzales (BCM) invite South County community members to attend a public workshop for the Monterey County Active Transportation Plan on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Gonzales Police Department - Emergency Services Building, 109 Fourth St., Gonzales.

The Monterey County Active Transportation Plan is an update to the 2011 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and will serve as a guide for long-term bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements throughout Monterey County. In particular, the Active Transportation Plan will focus on:
  • Analyzing key gaps in the bicycle and pedestrian network
  • Identifying opportunity sites for innovative bicycle facility design, such as protected bike lanes
  • Identifying areas for enhanced regional and local connectivity.
Community input is a key component and will guide the development of priority bicycle and pedestrian projects and infrastructure improvements.  Deadline for comments is Friday, Dec. 16. Comments can also be submitted online or by calling Virginia Murillo at 775-0903.
All of this equipment at Fresh Leaf Farms will be disassembled, moved down to Yuma, and put back together again.Photo courtesy of Mann Packing.
Behind the scenes of a seasonal migration
A really great read by MCBC member Mann Packing on its "Mann, That's Easy!" blog this week detailing just what goes into the annual migration of its Fresh Leaf Farms facility south of Salinas to Yuma for the winter growing season.
"Unlike a flock of birds, moving our equipment, employees and growing operations is a bit more complicated than taking to the skies and following the sun. “The Transition,” as we call it, is no small feat that requires months of planning, logistics, engineering, and trucks. Lots and lots of trucks." Check it out hereSource: Mann Packing

And speaking of Mann, the company continues its tradition of doing good works while promoting its products. Mann Packing  took part in The Food Events last month  benefitting Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County and D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., Read more
Source: Pictured, Top Chef Season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio poses with Mann's Tenderbite® Beans at the Susan G. Komen Culinary Showdown.

Register now for TPO's Annual 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
Tickets on sale for Monterey Bay Economic Partnership State of the Region 2016 
Act now to get tickets for the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership's State of the Region 2016, to take place at the Embassy Suites in Seaside on Dec. 1, 2016.  The second annual conference will explore and showcase elements that contribute to community well-being, including safe, affordable and accessible housing; well-being beyond traditional health care; education as the engine of well-being; activating our rivers as a key part in our community well-being; and transportation system needed to optimize our health and community. Get your tickets now!
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Non-voting members can contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000 for rate information.

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


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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