Construction resumes on South County air museum, plus big banking news, and some thoughts on the importance of networking.
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

Edition 807

Assemblymember Robert Rivas featured at our next Members Only Luncheon

We are excited to welcome Assemblymember Robert Rivas to our monthly members-only lunch. Robert Rivas, who is in his first term, represents the 30th District, which includes parts of Monterey and San Benito counties. Assemblymember Rivas will be discussing with MCBC members some of his current legislation for our district.

Monterey County Business Council Monthly Luncheons are for MEMBERS ONLY.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course, Seaside

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Census recruiting temporary workers

Hundreds of temporary Census takers are being recruited on the Central Coast by the U.S. Census Bureau. They say it's in advance of its Nonresponse Followup Operation for the 2020 Census. The pay rate is $20 per hour.

The Census Bureau says the operation is an integral part of the 2020 Census program that ensures a complete and accurate count. The operation counts people in person at housing units who have not self-responded to the decennial census questionnaire. They say the operation requires more workers in the field than any other operation for the national population count, which happens every 10 years. The count influences how more than $675 billion are distributed to states and localities each year.

To apply, visit For more information about 2020 Census jobs, call 855-JOB-2020.
Source: KION

Walnut Creek-based Mechanics Bank announces completion of acquisition of Rabobank, N.A.

Mechanics Bank on Tuesday announced the completion of its acquisition of Rabobank, N.A., a subsidiary of Rabobank Group. Mechanics Bank acquired Rabobank, N.A.’s retail, business banking, commercial real estate, mortgage, and wealth management businesses. Total consideration for the transaction, which was announced March 15, was approximately $2.1 billion.
The new entity operates under the Mechanics Bank name, with over $17 billion in total assets, a best-in-class deposit franchise and 144 branches. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, Mechanics Bank was founded in 1905 to assist the area’s local businesses and families and is now the fifth-largest California-based bank. Read more

Monterey Bay PTAC: Why networking is so important!

By Lawrence Harris, Monterey Bay PTAC Program Director

At last month’s California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce convention, Monterey Bay PTAC staff attended and participated in various breakout sessions, including "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Contracting,: a panel discussion led by principals representing several successful enterprises. 

Of note was the narrative provided by California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Chairman of the Board Frank Montes, who discussed the challenges he encountered several years ago when competing for business with a Southern California municipality, Inland Empire Utilities Agency. Through grit and determination, as well as being competitively positioned, Montes reported his firm prevailed in receiving a contract award.

While registering as a vendor through public agency portals is often a prerequisite, it’s essential that firms market themselves, identifying opportunities, connecting to decisionmakers, and ensuring there’s a face to the name. What’s also of added benefit is a facilitator to help your company leverage itself as much as possible. That is one of the force multipliers that PTACs bring to the table.

The takeaway: There are 482 cities in California, as well as thousands of government agencies, large and small. That said, what are the chances Montes and others would connect with the Agency Contracting Officer responsible for that contract award? It so happened that Cameron Langner, one of Monterey Bay PTAC’s counselors, was working at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency at that time and was of assistance to Montes.

In another breakout session. "Taking Stock, California’s Cannabis and Hemp Industries," several panelists discussed the current trends in business and government policies that are shaping the industry. The four types of businesses in this industry are retail, distribution, manufacturing, and laboratories. The panelists noted that there is still resistance in many areas throughout California. Their position as advocates, though, was that cannabis is here to stay, as state law has legalized it for both recreational and medicinal purposes.  


Technology Showcase and Acquisition of Capital Seminar for the Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturer
Date: Thursday, Sept. 26                                                       
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Cabrillo College Room 2100 B, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos
For details and to register, visit

Startup Investment & Community Capital Expo
Date: Friday, Sept. 27                                                                
Time: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Seaside
For details and to register, visit

We at Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) help businesses navigate the labyrinth of the government procurement system. Visit the website to learn about upcoming workshops or sign up to become a client. Call 831-216-3000 or see us on Facebook: @MontereyBayPTAC.

Work begins on next phase of Yanks Air Museum

After at least six years of stalling, construction for the Yanks Air Museum has restarted in Greenfield (MCBC member). Grading for the museum began Aug. 23 once the final map of the project was officially recorded at city hall Aug. 14 during a small ceremony with staff that also included Greenfield Mayor Lance Walker and Mayor Pro-Tem Yanely Martinez.

The 135-acre complex in the north end of town, east of Highway 101, will include 120,000 square feet of commercial space with a winery, hotel, restaurants, an amphitheater, airstrip and more. According to the California Business Transportation and Housing Agency, the museum is expected to bring about 2,000 construction jobs and at least 300 permanent jobs.

It is a project several decades in the making, according to Greenfield Assistant City Manager Paul Mugan, who said the museum will be an economic boost to the city as well as the entire South County. Mugan hopes to have the museum open by next summer. The first phase of the project, a luxury RV park, was completed in 2013. Read more
Source: King City Rustler

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

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