Naval Postgraduate School's new president, Retired Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau, to be featured at MCBC's Members Only Luncheon in August.
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Friday, July 26, 2019

Edition 801

Monterey County Business Council Members Only Luncheon for August

Featuring: President, Naval Postgraduate School - VADM Ret. Ann E. Rondeau
Friday, Aug. 9,
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bayonet and Black Horse

We are excited to welcome the new president of the Naval Postgraduate School, Retired Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau to the Monterey County Business Council as our August speaker. She brings to the assignment an unparalleled record of leadership and achievement within the military and academia in the areas of education, training, research, executive development, change management, and strategic planning. Prior to her appointment, Adm. Rondeau served as the sixth president of the College of DuPage. Her most recent military position was as the President of the National Defense University, a consortium of five colleges and nine research centers in Washington D.C.

Seaside's Campus Town draft EIR up for review

The first phase of construction for Campus Town, Seaside’s (MCBC member) vision for a new-urbanist community, may break ground sometime in 2020, if its specific plan passes muster with citizens.
A public review and comment period is open for the Draft Environmental Impact Report of the Campus Town Specific Plan in Seaside until Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. The current draft of the Campus Town Specific Plan (Draft EIR) is available for review on the city of Seaside’s website.
Hard copies are available for review at:

  • Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave. in Seaside
  • City of Seaside, Planning Division, 440 Harcourt Ave., Seaside
  • Seaside Branch Library, 550 Harcourt Ave., Seaside
  • Seaside Creates, 656 Broadway Ave., Seaside

The Campus Town Specific Plan proposes the construction of up to 1,485 housing units, 250 hotel rooms, 75 youth hostel beds, 150,000-square-feet retail, dining, and entertainment space, 50,000-square-feet office, flex, collaborative work space and light industrial use, as well as park/recreational areas including about 9 acres of open public space, 3.3 acres of private open space, and supporting infrastructure on about 122 acres.
The project seeks to create a strong “sense of place” and community identity that integrates well with CSU Monterey Bay next door, increases arts and entertainment destinations, jobs, new businesses, housing and visitor services for students and faculty at CSUMB and the region. It also strives to provide housing in a way that transit, bicycling, ride-sharing and other transportation options are viable for the development’s residents. With new employment and mixed-use opportunities, the project seeks to attract visitors, regional shoppers and high-quality jobs to strengthen the city’s tax base
Seaside has an exclusive negotiating agreement with KB Bakewell to develop the Campus Town project. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

North Fremont Street project will likely finish ahead of schedule

Even with a month of rain delays, a project to upgrade North Fremont Street and improve bike and pedestrian safety is on track to be completed four months ahead of schedule, according to Monterey (MCBC member) city officials.
City crews worked this week on North Fremont Street, combining paving for the North Fremont Bike and Pedestrian Access and Safety Improvements Project with paving for the existing asphalt shoulder and parking areas under Measure S. The work is expected to continue Saturday with a focus on Casa Verde Way at North Fremont, with four-hour closures on the north and south sides of Casa Verde, with detours in place. Through traffic will remain open on North Fremont Street.
“The business community and residents along North Fremont have been very patient and accommodating during the months-long construction. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with our neighbors and experiencing the transformed North Fremont corridor!” said Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar in a press release.
Installation of a center bike path railing and landscaping work will begin next week with minimal additional impact for drivers. Project completion is scheduled for late August with a ribbon-cutting celebration in the works for mid-September.
“Despite nearly a month of rain delays, we will complete this project four months ahead of the 18-month estimated schedule,”  in a press release. “We really appreciate the public’s patience, said Monterey Public Works Director Steve Wittry. "We are getting really close to the finish line, and I’m confident people will be happy with the finished product.” Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald, photo courtesy of city of Monterey.

CSUMB accreditation reaffirmed for full 10 years

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission has reaffirmed California State University, Monterey Bay's (MCBC member) accreditation for a full 10 years, which is the longest achievable period of accreditation.
The Commission commended CSUMB in a number of areas, particularly the increase in graduation rates since 2011. CSUMB was highlighted in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education publication as one of three public universities in the U.S. with the greatest improvements in graduation rates. The Commission also commended the university on its commitment to the whole student, culture of innovation and strong regional stewardship.
The Accrediting Commision for Schools WASC accreditation assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations and agencies that an institution has clearly defined objectives appropriate to education, has established conditions under which their achievement can reasonably be expected, appears in fact to be accomplishing them substantially, is so organized, staffed, and supported that it can be expected to continue to do so, and demonstrates that it meets criteria and accreditation standards. Read more
Source: CSUMB

MST introduces new trolleys in Monterey

Monterey-Salinas Transit (MCBC member) has rolled out five new trolley-style buses just in time for the heart of the tourist season. A partnership between the City of Monterey, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey-Salinas Transit, the trolleys cost $400,000 each. 
The original trolley fleet, paid for by a federal grant with the city kicking in a 20% local match, went into service in 2004. After being driven nine to 19 hours a day, seven days a week, they had come to the end of their useful life.
The trolleys have become a mainstay of the key tourist areas in Monterey, and have consistently increased ridership over the years, said Monterey-Salinas Transit general manager and CEO Carl Sedoryk.
About 3 million riders have used the trolleys since they were launched. Not only have the trolleys been “enormously successful” with tourists, Sedoryk said, but they’ve also benefited the overall community. The amount of greenhouse gas emitted if every visiting family were to drive through the tunnel to and from the aquarium and Fisherman’s Wharf would be significant. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

PG&E to host Wildfire Open House at Sunset Center

PG&E (MCBC member) is hosting a series of regional open houses for anyone who is interested in learning more about its Community Wildfire Safety Program. These drop-in gatherings will allow community members to learn more about wildfire safety and emergency preparedness, meet with PG&E representatives, ask questions and share feedback. Webinars will be available for those who are unable to attend an event in person.
In Monterey County, a regional open house will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday,  Aug. 8 at Sunset Center's Carpenter Hall in Carmel. Learn more

East of Eden Cannabis Co. nominated for 2019 Dispensary of the Year

Grupo Flor (MCBC member) is honored to have its retail store, East of Eden Cannabis Co., nominated for the 2019 Dispensary of the Year. You can vote for East of Eden Cannabis Co. by clicking here
Or you can also vote by re-posting the image to the right on social media using the hashtag: #CCAS19_DISPENSARY_EDEN 
Be sure to also vote for one of their partner brands in the following categories:
Brand of the Year
Old Pal
Dispensary of the Year
East of Eden 
Cultivator of the Year
Fog City Farms
Breakout Company
Innovative Product
Biiig Stiiizy

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.


Rolands & Associates hosts the 21st Joint Theater Level Simulation - Global Operations (JTLS-GO) International Users Conference, Sept. 3-5 at Embassy Suites in Seaside and at Rolands & Associates offices in Del Rey Oaks. Learn more or RSVP

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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