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Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

Edition 966

MCBC February Membership Lunch: Get to Know Hartnell College President Michael Gutierrez

MCBC is pleased to host our February membership lunch with Hartnell College's new president, Michael Gutierrez. President Gutierrez will share a bit about himself as well as give an update on what's happening at Hartnell College (MCBC member).

Event Details
When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
Where: Bayonet & Blackhorse, Seaside.
Cost: $35, includes lunch. (When registering, you can see the lunch options by clicking “pricing details.”)


New & Improved Date!
MCBC 'Covid Business Survival Awards'

We decided to put off our gala event until all of the holiday madness has subsided. So, please mark your calendar for the “new and improved” date of Friday evening, Feb. 24, from 6-9 p.m. Instead of a normal celebration of what would be the Monterey County Business Council’s 25th anniversary, we’re going to call this event our “Covid Business Survival Awards.” We’ll have fun while we honor some of the businesses and people who have successfully weathered the storm of the last few years. $195 per person (we should mention it’s at Pebble Beach’s posh Inn at Spanish Bay). Click here to register. For sponsorship opportunities, please email our CEO at


Black History Month

"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." - Desmond Tutu.

This Black History Month, Building Business Back celebrates our local black businesses. We are committed to our mission: to foster a flourishing Monterey County economy that lifts ALL. BBB looks forward to working with our community partners and other black-serving business organizations to support black business ownership and entrepreneurship.

MCBC to host first-ever Black Business Summit

At BBB, our mission is to foster a flourishing Monterey County economy that lifts all, especially our local black-owned businesses. Through a collaboration with the Monterey County Black Caucus, the Black Business Association, the California Black Chamber of Commerce, and local black business owners, BBB is thrilled to host the first-ever Black Business Summit in Monterey County. Join us for a panel discussion on the history, financial impact, and outlook of black businesses in California

Register here

American Airlines to use larger aircraft from Monterey Regional Airport to Dallas-Ft. Worth

Monterey Regional Airport (MCBC) has announced that American Airlines will use larger aircraft for its flights to Dallas- Fort Worth beginning on Feb 3, nearly doubling the number of available seats each day, with 128 total seats. It's the first time in nearly three decades that the region will enjoy daily non-stop service on a mainline aircraft, increasing available seats by nearly 40,000 per year in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, said Monterey Regional Airport Executive Director Michael La Pier. Read more
Source: KION

Gonzales selects Trevin Barber as city manager

After an extensive and thorough search resulting in candidates applying from across the nation, the Gonzales (MCBC member) City Council has appointed Trevin Barber to the position of City Manager. Barber most recently served as Assistant City Manager at the City of Seaside (MCBC member). He brings to his new position over 12 years of diverse municipal management experience in the areas of finance, economic development, redevelopment, policy initiatives, special projects management, and legislative and intergovernmental affairs.   

Prior to joining the City of Seaside, Barber served as Senior Management Analyst with the City of Gilroy, where he implemented economic development and performance management programs. Barber also spent over eight years serving in various roles with the City of Lancaster. 

Trevin received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Bakersfield, as a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. 

Transportation Agency for Monterey County announces Annual Transportation Excellence Awards

The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (MCBC member) presented its 20th Annual Transportation Excellence Awards to honor community members, programs and projects that make a significant contribution to improve transportation in Monterey County. This year’s awards honorees are: 

  • Andrew Easterling, Traffic Engineer, City of Salinas (MCBC member), for his development and implementation of the Vision Zero Integrated into Maintenance program and dedication to safe routes to schools planning and projects. Andrew worked closely with safe routes to school program partners to develop the Salinas Safe Routes to School Plan from 2019 - 2022 and through the Vision Zero program has already been able to start to implement projects that make it safer for children and people of all ages to get around Salinas.
  • The City of Pacific Grove (MCBC member) Public Works, Point Pinos Coastal Recreational Trail, completed in 2022 addressed nearly a one-mile stretch of coastline on Ocean View Boulevard generally known as Point Pinos. Prior to this project, Point Pinos lacked formalized, safe, and accessible coastal amenities for its various users, including trails, parking, and coastal access points. This stretch also represented the only gap of the California Coastal Trail between the City of Monterey and the three of four miles of PG Coastline.

MCBC Travels with Paul

Join MCBC’s COO Paul Farmer as we visit the north of France including Normandy, with the option to visit Paris, as well.
Our trip to “The Gems of Normandy and the Champagne Region departs on Nov. 2, 2023. Join us for a travel presentation via Zoom or in person in Salinas on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. To get the address or Zoom code, please email or call him at (831) 216-3019. Price of $3,549 includes airfare, hotels, guided tours, breakfasts and some dinners, and taxes and fees. Trip brochure is on our website here:

Procurement Technical Assistance with Government Contracting.

Visit the Monterey Bay PTAC website at to learn more about government contracting, see upcoming webinars, or contact our PTAC team.

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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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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