This week: Meet Cameron Langner, the Monterey Bay PTAC's new Senior Procurement Counselor; Hackathon inspires creative solutions to community-based challenges.
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Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

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Cameron Langner joins Monterey Bay PTAC
Cameron Langner has joined the Monterey Bay PTAC as a Senior Procurement Counselor, bringing with him an extensive background in procurement and small business training.
A native San Franciscan,  Langner graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and started his civilian career in federal acquisitions and contracting with the Department of the Navy in Washington. D.C., followed by several years in aerospace subcontracting, supervising a weapon systems procurement team. Moving back into the public sector in 1990, Langner managed the Contracts and Procurement Department for a regional public utility in the greater Los Angeles area, where he helped establish a small business program, reaching out to the local vendor community through in-house training workshops and presentations to Chamber of Commerce and various professional association meetings. 
Retiring in 2013, he moved back to the Bay Area and recently relocated to the Monterey Peninsula. He is the proud parent to two sons, the oldest just married and living in Southern California, the youngest a PhD student at Louisiana State University.   
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, where both of his siblings are small business owners/partners, Langner says he has an affinity for the "tenacity and determination" it takes to build successful businesses. "In my new position with Monterey Bay PTAC, I intend to apply those 'lessons learned,' " says Langner, "affording the small business community access and every opportunity in the government marketplace."
You can reach the Monterey Bay PTAC's new Senior Procurement Counselor at (831) 216-3013 or (831) 216-3000 or via email.

The Monterey Bay PTAC, which serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DoD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Funding is also provided by the Monterey County Business Council, the County of Monterey, the City of Salinas, and in-kind support. 
Voters approve Hartnell bond measure
Measure T, a $167 million bond proposal to expand programs and facilities in the Hartnell Community College District (BCM), won approval handily in Tuesday night’s election. With all 124 precincts reporting, Measure T received approval from 66.12% of the voters; 33.88% opposed the measure, according to results from the Monterey County Elections Department. The measure needed approval by 55 percent of the voters to pass.
Community colleges that can pass a local bond measure, as Hartnell did, are in line to receive matching funds for construction projects through Prop. 51.
On Tuesday, Hartnell President Will Lewallen issued this comment: “The passage of Measure T ensures that the people of the Salinas Valley will have access to world-class learning facilities for generations to come. … We thank the voters of the Hartnell (district) for putting their faith in us. We will not let them down.”
Measure T was viewed by proponents as a major investment in expanding the college's reach into south and north Monterey County, as well as financing upgrades and programs at the main campus in Salinas. They point to improvements in classrooms, labs, technology and facilities, and expanded career training programs. Read more
Source: The Salinas Californian
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
Participants at this year's 2016 Startup Hackathon.
2016 Startup Hackathon announces winners 
One weekend, 68 students and developers, some real-world community problems and a whole lot of coffee: Those are the ingredients that went into the 2016 Startup Hackathon. Add mentors, a bit of friendly competition and a touch of pressure and what emerged is a whole lot of innovation.
The three-day event, sponsored by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (BCM) at California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM) took place on the CSUMB campus Nov. 4-6. Fourteen teams competed to develop digital games that address community problems submitted by area organizations. Issues addressed included developing financial literacy, helping foster children successfully transition to independent, successful adult lives, touring the CSUMB campus, helping students eat healthy on a limited budget, and navigating the public transit system.
The Hackathon participants were supported by a team of hospitality, business and computer science student volunteers, faculty and community mentors. The Hackathon was organized by the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development and led by Dr. Christian Eckhardt, Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing and Design at CSUMB.  Judges were Dr. Bude Su and Dr. Miguel Lara of the CSUMB School of Computing and Design, along with John Derrick, CEO of, and Erik Uppman of the Cannery Row Company.
This year's winning team was Traveling Otters (community problem: CSUMB Otter Tour). Second place went to Null Constructor (community problem: Building Sustainability), and third place was awarded as a tie between Hashmaps All-Day (community problem: Starving Students) and Git Committed (community problem: CSUMB Otter Tour).  
The mission of the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) is to create and support a vibrant entrepreneurial community and successful, growing businesses and social ventures in the Monterey Bay region.The iiED is an institute of the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay. For more information about iiED events and programs go to more
Kern County College of Law  is new addition to Monterey College of Law family
The State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners and the Board of Trustees of Monterey College of Law have approved the opening of Kern County College of Law as an accredited branch of Monterey College of Law. The new Bakersfield law school is scheduled to open in summer 2017.
“We are delighted to extend our family of non-profit, accredited law school locations to serve the communities of Kern County,” announced Mitchel Winick, president and dean of Monterey College of Law. “Kern County represents one of the largest regions in California that does not have local access to an accredited law school program. With a regional population of almost a million people and an economy fueled by the energy, agriculture, and ranching industries, we see this as an important opportunity to respond to the education needs of a large underserved population. As a part-time, evening program, our law school provides traditional and non-traditional students the opportunity to pursue a valuable legal education."
Monterey College of Law was founded more than 44 years ago by a group of local lawyers and judges who wanted to bring legal education to the California Central Coast. In 2015, the school expanded by opening San Luis Obispo College of Law as an accredited branch of Monterey College of Law. 
Although courses will not start until Summer 2017, Kern County College of Law started accepting applications Nov. 1. For more information, contact Dean of Admissions Wendy LaRiviere or 831-582-4000 ext. 1012.
MCBC President Mary Ann Leffel to discuss regional economic challenges at CoHABLE event
Monterey County Business Council President Mary Ann Leffel will speak on "Economic Challenges Facing Monterey County and the Monterey Bay Region" at CoHABLE's Hot Issue Luncheon next week. The luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Tarpy's Roadhouse, Vintners Room, 2999 Salinas Hwy #1, Monterey. Tickets are $25; RSVP no later than Monday, Nov. 14 to Scott Dick or 393-8677.    
"CoHABLE" is a Coalition of Housing, Ag, Business, Labor and Education. Its purpose is to promote an environment conducive to networking, collaboration and idea sharing among professionals throughout the various fields of industry in Monterey County.
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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Friday, Nov. 11 – MCBC Membership  Luncheon: Please note that MCBC will NOT host a Monthly Membership Luncheon today due to Veterans Day. For details, call 216-3000.

Thursday, Nov. 17 – Salinas AgTech Meetup, 5:45 p.m., CSUMB Salinas City Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. In the 1930s, farmers were turning on lightbulbs for the first time. Just as bringing power to remote areas changed farming operations then, the Internet has the potential to unleash a whole new set of ag technologies. The November meetup will focus on "Connectivity in the Fields,"with a line-up that includes Luis Alvarez from Alvarez Technology Group, Steve Blum from Central Coast Broadband Coalition, and Ramzi Al-Harayeri from Sigfox. RSVP

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