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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

Edition 663

MCBC's Friday Facts sponsor for October

This month, the Monterey County Business Council celebrates Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP, one of our valued MCBC member organizations, as our sponsor of Friday Facts. Learn more about them below and support them as a thriving and valuable part of the Monterey County business community. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or call 831.216.3000.

A full-service accounting firm with offices in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister and Morgan Hill,  Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, LLP (BKP) specializes in tax planning and preparation, retirement planning, audit services, estate and trust tax preparation, payroll services, business valuations and management advisory consulting.  Additionally, BKP provides information technology services through Professional Computer Solutions, an in-house department providing clients with systems hardware and accounting software expertise, support and troubleshooting.
Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope brings an unmatched level of business and financial expertise to the region, with a combined 100 years of professional accounting experience among its partners. With offices in Monterey, Salinas, Hollister and Morgan Hill, BKP reaches across industries to help individuals and companies manage life passages and everyday business.

The CPAs and business consultants at BKP perceive each client relationship as a partnership, and consider the personal attention offered to clients to be the cornerstone of the firm's professional services. By developing an in-depth understanding of the financial and administrative structure of each client’s business, BKP delivers sound financial planning, comprehensive management consultation, and effective accounting strategies to maximize clients’ well-being and success. Contact them at 831.373.1697 (Monterey), 831.757.5311 (Salinas) or through their website.
MCBC produces great economic output
The Monterey County Business Council is among seven economic development organizations that received about $1.92 million in county transient occupancy tax funding and in turn produced $32.5 million in economic output during the past fiscal year, a return on investment ratio of nearly 17-to-1, according to a report from the county’s economic opportunity committee.
We couldn't be prouder of our own results: Take a look at the table from the meeting. MCBC delivered a whopping $45 dollars for every dollar the County gave us. We deserve to toot our own horn once in awhile!  Read more
"Property Taxes and Other Issues in Monterey County" with Monterey County Assessor County-Clerk Recorder Stephen L. Vagnini
Join your fellow MCBC members for this informative luncheon with Stephen L. Vagnini Monterey County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder. Please note that MCBC lunches are for members only.  

A graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies, Steve Vagnini was first elected to the office of Assessor County Clerk Recorder in 2001 and he has successfully run unopposed for three subsequent four-year terms. In addition to his role as County Assessor, Vagnini has chaired numerous county committees including the Department Head Council; the Cost Savings Committee and the GIS committee.

In addition to his life as a public servant, Vagnini has been promoting benefit concerts, music festivals and local bands for 35 years.  In 2010, he co-founded the Monterey County chapter of Guitars Not Guns, a non-profit that provides free guitar lessons and guitars to youth throughout Monterey County. In the last six years, the chapter has donated over 1,300 guitars and has held classes in Castroville, King City, Gonzales, Seaside, Marina and Salinas. The all-volunteer organization has developed working relationships with Rancho Cielo Youth Campus, Alisal Center for Fine Arts, Community Partnership for Youth, Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club and others.

Vagnini has also sat on a number of local boards, served on the MPUSD 711 Committee and was chairperson for the Alliance for Better Schools.  He has also served as chair of the Marina Economic Development Commission, sat on the Pacific Grove Art Center Board; is a member of the Old Monterey Foundation Board of Directors and was recently appointed Chair of  the County of Monterey’s Juvenile Justice Commission.

When: Friday, Oct. 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30p.m.
Where: Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club - 1 McClure Way, Seaside
Salinas police chief ends 33-year career
A debt of gratitude to Chief Kelly McMillin, who has just retired from the Salinas Police Department after 33 years in law enforcement. Since joining the department in 1988, he worked just about every job one could have: patrol, gang units, vice/narcotics, administration, as a detective including homicide, as a SWAT operator, team leader and tactical commander. A graduate of the 213th session of the FBI National Academy, he gained a new perspective on law enforcement when he became a school resource officer, with an emphasis on prevention and community issues.  He also holds a Master of Public Policy from the Panetta Institute at California State University Monterey Bay.
After 24 years with the department, McMillin became chief on June 11, 2011, the first chief to be promoted from within the department since 1965. In 2012, the White House recognized McMillin as a “Champion of Change” for his work in community policing.
Taking over the department's leadership role is Greenfield Police Chief Adele Fresé. Read more
Source: Salinas Californian; photo courtesy of Salinas Police Department.
New vision, new hope for UC MBEST
Some great reporting this week by The Monterey Herald's James Herrera, writing about the renewed sparks of possibility for the University of California, Monterey Bay Education, Science and Technology Center, or UC MBEST, as it's commonly known.
Part of the plan for the reuse of Fort Ord included a high-tech component, with computer, software and internet companies overflowing from Silicon Valley into the Marina development. More than 1,000 acres were given to the University of California, and the hopes were for close to new 4,000 jobs in the fields of research, development and light industry. 
While the infrastructure has been put in place, a pair of buildings, streetlights and a business park gateway sign mark the entrance to the area, the dream has yet to be fully realized. The burst of the dot-come bubble in the early 2000s, and the 2008 economic collapse are largely to blame.
Things may be about to change: This summer, an “Agreement to Cooperate to Foster UC MBEST Development” was signed by stakeholders.
Says George Blumenthal, UC Santa Cruz chancellor, the agreement is “to update our vision and explore new ideas that are relevant to today’s world." And California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM) is now positioning itself to become part of that research and development vision.
UC MBEST has been managed by UC Santa Cruz, receiving about $5.3 million of federal Economic Development Administration grant funding for infrastructure. The agreement of cooperation signed by Chancellor Blumenthal, Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker and FORA Chair Frank O’Connell, recommends a new vision for the center focusing on establishing a 50- to 70-acre research and development center on the Central North Campus, which has existing infrastructure. Included in that agreement is a strategy to collaborate on marketing strategies to encourage businesses to open or expand at UC MBEST.
The UC MBEST Center building at 3180 Imjin Road consists of two buildings totaling 39,000 square feet where current tenants are the seedlings of what has been expected to grow into the 50- to 70-acre research and development center. Tenants include tech companies, nonprofits, health care, education and service businesses. The Monterey County Business Council and the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership have offices there as well. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald
Work starts on new Seaside clinic
Construction on a long-awaited new Monterey County health clinic in Seaside is under way. When finished, the new Seaside Family Health Clinic will be 70% larger than the one it will replace on the same parcel at 1150 Fremont Blvd., according to Julie Edgcomb, bureau chief and administrator of the county’s seven medical clinic operation, which serves and cares for residents regardless of their ability to pay.
The aging Seaside clinic served more than 47,000 patients in 2015. The new facility more than doubles the size of the existing building and will add a dental suite. Dental services will be provided through a new cooperative agreement with Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas.
The project was made possible due to the forming of a unique partnership between the county and Montage Health, the parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.
According to Dr. Steven Packer, president/CEO of nonprofit Montage, the health organization has partnered and supported the county clinic system for some time. To date, Montage has made available $1.8 million in grants to the system in recent years.
In the case of the new Seaside facility, Montage has paid out about $10 million to buy the land and pay for construction of the new building. Montage will then lease the facility back to the county. An additional estimated $2 million in county funds for new medical equipment in the facility will cover all anticipated costs, Edgcomb said. Read more
Source: Salinas Californian
An event to remember: Roast MCBC president/founding member Mary Ann Leffel 
Please join the Monterey County Business Council in roasting founding member and long-serving President Mary Ann Leffel on Friday, Oct. 14. We ask all our private and public sector partners to help us celebrate Mary Ann’s tireless efforts to improve our regional economic prosperity by attending the evening’s festivities at InterContinental the Clement Monterey from 6 to 10 pm.
The evening is a benefit for MCBC and we are offering a two-tier sponsorship opportunity. Those wishing to roast Mary Ann may purchase a table of 10 for $5,000. One member from each such “roasting table” may designate one member from that table to serve as a Roaster of Mary Ann.  Those wishing to share in the fun with preferred seating may purchase a table of 10 for $2,500. We will recognize our sponsors in all relevant marketing materials and at the Roast. We are also offering individual tickets for $275.
For more information, please contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000. This evening should be one we will all be talking about for a long time to come – don’t miss it!
Tickets onsale for Monterey Bay Economic Partnership State of the Region 2016 
Act now to get early bird pricing 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 afe, 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!
Deadline approaches for SBA disaster loans related to 2015 crab fisheries
California small businesses that suffered economic injury as the result of the delayed opening of the Commercial Dungeness Crab Season that was  set to open on Nov. 15, 2015 and the Nov. 6, 2015 closure of the Commercial Rock Crab Fishery have less than one month left to apply for SBA federal disaster loans.
According to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Administrator Donna Davis, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. “EIDLs may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the applicant suffered any property damage,” Davis said.
Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo and San Benito counties are among the counties in which the low-interest loans are available. The interest rate is 4 percent for businesses and 2.625 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website.
Disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955 or emailing
Join your neighbors for PG's next Cash Mob
The Pacific Grove Economic Development Department invites you to join its next Pacific Grove Cash Mob, Friday, Oct. 7
Start the night off with no-host cocktails and tapas at Jeninni's kitchen+wine bar (542 Lighthouse Ave.) from 5:30-7 p.m. Join your neighbors, meet new friends and support local businesses! Then at 7 p.m., the group will head over to "mob" Clothing Optional Boutique (510 Lighthouse Ave.). Please plan to spend at least $20 at this business to show them that they do belong in Pacific Grove. Clothing, scarves, jewelry, shoes and more! Stay after and enjoy the festivities of First Friday: music, art galleries, entertainment, dining and shopping.
For more information, contact
Monterey on 'Healthiest Small Town' list
Bicycle-friendly roads and rules that ban smoking on the beach help make the air in Monterey among the cleanest in the nation. The city's lack of smog or particle pollution helped earn it a spot on a new list of the top 20 Healthiest Small Towns in America. The list, by the website Health Science Degree Guide, includes cities where "residents are dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle by consistently exceeding the average amount of exercise recommended by the national government."
In addition to its great air quality, the article references Monterey's natural resources and breathtaking wildlife, its designation as a national marine sanctuary and myriad recreational opportunities, from scuba diving, sailing, or kayaking to a walk along its waterfront recreation trail  Read more
Source: Health Science Degree Guide
Hartnell recognized for energy, sustainability
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has given  to 
Hartnell College has earned an honorable mention in the annual Excellence in Energy and Sustainability award competition for implementing Proposition 39 projects and campus-wide exterior and area LED lighting retrofits. The campus replaced old fluorescent, metal halide, and mercury vapor lighting fixtures with more efficient LED fixtures. The district paid $64,000 out of the total $332,000 of project costs, with Prop 39 covering $236,000 and an Investor Owned Utility incentive of $32,000.
Source: Salinas Californian
Don't delay: RSVP now for Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit

MCBC's Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit is fast approaching!  This important event will take place 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 upcoming collaborations and projects and highlight the economic impact of education and research in the Monterey Bay region. Contact Monterey County Business Council Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000. for information regarding the Summit and sponsorship opportunities. 

The MCBC thanks our event sponsors.
Our Platinum Sponsors

Our Gold Sponsors
Scudder Roofing
Our Silver Sponsors
Hartnell College

Thank you to our media sponsor KRML.

Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council’s efforts for economic development and education.
Make sure your news gets noticed!

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 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.


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



Friday, Oct. 14– 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 Stephen L. Vagnini, Monterey County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder, who will discuss "Property Taxes and Other Issues in Monterey County." Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

Friday, Oct. 14: 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. See above for details. RSVP now!

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

SAVE THE DATE  – 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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