Monterey Regional Airport celebrates 75 years of serving the region; documentary details county's leading economic drivers.
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Edition 656

"Sustaining Monterey County," a new documentary, looks at the history and role of agriculture, tourism and oil production, the three leading private industry economic drivers in Monterey County.
New documentary explores Monterey County's largest private industry economic drivers

Monterey County is one of the largest counties in California and one of the most economically diverse, depending on vastly different sources of revenue for sustainability and driven by both private industry and governmental institutions.
Agriculture, tourism and oil production are the three largest private industry economic drivers in Monterey County.  A 28-minute documentary, "Sustaining Monterey County," explores the history of the growth of these three largest contributors to the economic stability of Monterey County.  The short film, produced by Mac & Ava Productions, features interviews with knowledgeable experts in each of the industries, residents, business owners and community leaders in Monterey County.
The documentary aired on KION channel 46 on July 31 and Aug. 14 and will be shown again at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. It will also be on Access Monterey Peninsula channel 24 and channel 27.  You can also view the documentary online

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Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association, MCBC announce Monterey Wine List Award winners

The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association (MCVGA ) in partnership with the Monterey County Business Council announced their inaugural Monterey Wine List Award winners. Local restaurants from King City to Big Sur were recognized for prioritizing local wines on their wine lists.
“Consumers are interested in locally sourced menus, this includes not only foods but wines as well. This restaurant recognition program helps consumers easily identify restaurants that share the ‘farm to fork, vineyard to glass' philosophy. And there is no place better than Monterey County to feature locally produced foods and wines considering our natural bounty,” shared Kim Stemler, executive director of the MCVGA. “This program is one way we can share our appreciation for the restaurants that feature local Monterey wines.”
MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington noted that “Monterey County wines continue to gain international prestige and are a major driver of our economy.This program is designed to help bolster knowledge and appreciation of our Monterey County wines, which rival those produced anywhere else.” This is the program’s first year. 
To be recognized, each of the 50 award winners included at least 25% of Monterey wines on their "by-the-glass" wine list or least 25 different Monterey wines on their complete wine list.
“The local restaurants are great partners in our community,” said Matt Shea, president of the MCVGA and vineyard manager for Bernardus Winery. “Monterey County is a special place, renowned for having some of the world’s best restaurants. It is simply good business to feature some of the world’s best wines – especially those made from our local vineyards.” Diners can view the Monterey Wine List Award Recipients at

Mann Packing establishes new $10,000 annual scholarship at CSUMB's College of Business
MCBC member Mann Packing has worked out a deal with California State University Monterey Bay (BCM) to establish the Mann Packing Scholarship for the school’s College of Business. Mann's will be committing $10,000 per year for the next five years to students with parents or guardians who work in agricultural or farming sectors.
“At CSUMB, over 50 percent of students are first-generation undergraduates. We are pleased and proud to provide this assistance to local students who have contributed positively to this community and intend to stay here and contribute more in the future,” said Mann Chairman/CEO Lorri Koster.
The Mann Packing Scholarship promotion and selection will be handled by a CSUMB selection committee, and will start being awarded in Fall of 2017. Read more
Become an 'Eggs & Issues' sponsor! 
Sponsorship opportunities are available for Eggs & Issues!
For $250, local sponsors receive the following:
  • Five (5) minutes to speak about their company and its activities
  • Recognition at the event
  • Recognition in all marketing materials (e.g., social media, website, etc.)
  • Recognition in Friday Facts, our weekly email newsletter
  • Two tickets for the breakfast
  • For $400, a company gets to sponsor two consecutive breakfasts.
Contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington at should you wish to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Special thanks to Credit Consulting Services for sponsoring our Aug. 4 and Sept. 22 "Eggs & Issues" breakfast forums!
Public luncheon to focus on impact of oil and gas showdown measure on November's ballot

The Monterey County Business Council will host an informational luncheon in Seaside on Monday, Sept. 12 and has invited the Monterey County for Energy Independence Coalition to discuss the oil and gas shutdown measure on the November ballot in Monterey County.  
Responsible oil production supports nearly 2,000 jobs in Monterey County and generates close to $139 million in state and local taxes. A measure on the November ballot puts those local jobs and those revenues at stake. The measure is a blanket ban that would stop all oil and gas production in Monterey County, causing damage to local families, workers and taxpayers. Such a measure would cause the county to lose millions of dollars in county tax revenue, resulting in significant cuts to local schools, fire and police departments, and many other vital services.
Come learn more about this issue. This luncheon is open to the public and will take place at 11:45 a.m., Monday, Sept 12 at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (BCM). RSVP now.

Next 10 founder F. Noel Perry to discuss Green Innovation at September membership luncheon

Come hear Next 10 founder F. Noel Perry discuss this year's "California Green Innovation Index" at MCBC's next membership luncheon, on Friday, Sept. 9. A Salinas native, venture capitalist and philanthropist, Perry has focused on socially responsible, innovative and profitable ventures. He has backed multiple business successes like the interactive educational company Leap Frog and the organic baby food company Earth’s Best.
Next 10's "California Green Innovation Index," produced annually, tracks key economic and environmental indicators at the regional, state and international level. New to this year's report are regional scorecards that compare 26 California metro regions along economic and environmental indicators.
It's no secret that California –  where solar panels, hybrids and electric vehicles abound –  is a leader in the green movement. Just how far ahead of the curve, however, is rather astonishing. Check out the report, and don't miss this important and informative talk!

The Monterey Bay PTAC is a program of the Monterey County Business Council. The PTAC's mission is to help generate employment and improve the general economic condition of the Monterey Bay and supported communities. They accomplish their mission by helping small businesses sell their goods and services to federal, state and local government agencies. The core of their procurement assistance program is counseling and education, 
A not-for-profit organization, the PTAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency. Funding is also provided by the Monterey County Business Council, the County of Monterey, the City of Salinas, and in-kind support. The PTAC uses these funds to help them provide procurement technical assistance services at no cost to the business. Learn more about the PTAC's services and upcoming events here or call (831) 582-3237.
Survey: How much local demand for coworking space?
FORA  is performing a study in collaboration with California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM) to assess the market feasibility for adding coworking spaces in the Monterey Region. Individual responses will be held confidential; only aggregated summary data will be reported. Please share this survey with your network. Take the survey here.
Housing issues workshop/open house
The city of Monterey (BCM) is soliciting input from the community on a variety of affordable housing and related issues including zoning to allow emergency shelters, prohibition of short-term rentals and second units, adaptive reuse of hotel units, and decoupling parking from rental costs. Information on housing services provided by the city will also be provided. A public workshop will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Monterey Youth Center, 777 Pearl St. Drop in anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. For details, contact Principal Planner Elizabeth Caraker at 646-1739.
Three-day Stand Down event provides services and referrals to homeless veterans

This weekend is Monterey County's annual Stand  Down for Homeless Veterans event, a three-day resource fair for veterans and their families, from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 19-21 at 4499 Joe Lloyd Way, Seaside. The event provides supplies and services such as food, shelter, clothing, healthcare (physical and mental), benefits referrals, and other services to homeless veterans.Free transportation is available. See the website for details or call Marlene at 883.8387, Ext. 238.

Waste Management District honored 
The Monterey Regional Waste Management District (BCM) was recognized for its commitment to zero waste during the California Resource Recovery Association's annual conference in Sacramento. The Zero Waste Achievement Award is awarded to a progressive business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has made the commitment to zero waste, implemented outreach programs and excelled toward the achievement of their zero waste goal. Pictured, from left, MRWMD staff Kimberle Herring, Jeff Lindenthal, and Angela Goebel join Peter Sloate from the CRRA Board and MRWMD general manager Tim Flanagan in accepting the award.

Get in on early-bird registration for Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit

Don't miss our early-bird registration for MCBC's Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit, 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 Executive Director Brian Turlington at or 831.216.3020 for information regarding the Summit and sponsorship opportunities. 

RSVP Now For Early-Bird Pricing!
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.
Monterey Regional Airport celebrates 75 years of service to the community.

MCBC's Friday Facts sponsor for August

This month, the Monterey County Business Council celebrates Monterey Regional Airport as our sponsor of Friday Facts. Learn more about the airport below and support them as a thriving and valuable part of the Monterey County business community. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.


Celebrating 75 years of service
This year marks the Monterey Regional Airport's 75th year of service to our community. The region's rich aviation history dates back to 1910 when pilots would use the Hotel Del Monte polo field for a runway. Later, Samuel Morse built a landing strip at the airport's current location. The airport's development was driven by growing recognition of the need to bring visitors to the region by means other than railroad and automobile, and in 1941, the California legislature authorized the formation of the Monterey Peninsula Airport District.
Over the years, Monterey Regional Airport has served many vital roles, from a temporary Navy support and training center during World War II to a transportation hub for business and leisure travelers. It has welcomed presidents, popes and celebrities. These days, early 400,000 passengers travel through Monterey Regional Airport annually.
“We are investing in the future of aviation and working hard to prepare for what the aviation industry will look like in another 75 years.” said Monterey Regional Airport Executive Director Mike La Pier.
A new video commissioned by the airport and produced by Alex Garcia of Magone Productions showcases the airport's history and service. Watch it here.

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 Executive Director Brian Turlington 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, Sept. 9 â€“ 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 F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of the nonprofit nonpartisan Next 10. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

Friday, Sept. 16 â€“ Government Contracting Workshop for Small Businesses and SBA Loan Programs, 1-3 p.m., UC MBEST, 3180 Imjin Road, Marina (Note: This is a brown-bag seminar.). Presented by an experienced SBA government contracting specialist, there will be an overview of SBA’s various contracting programs. RSVP

Thursday, Sept. 22 – Eggs & Issues: "Monterey Bay Community Power" featuring presentation about regional project among local government agencies that aims to provide electricity throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties through the Community Choice Energy (CCE) model. Established by State law in 2002, CCE enables communities to choose clean-source power at a cost equivalent to PG&E while retaining PG&E’s role in maintaining power lines and providing customer service. The CCE model helps ensure local economic vitality because money from rates paid by local customers stays local. Learn more at Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill, 7:30-9 a.m. Thanks to Credit Consulting Services, Inc. for sponsoring Eggs & Issues. For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington. RSVP

SAVE THE DATE â€“ Friday, Oct. 14: Mark your calendars, as 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. More details, including pricing and sponsorship opportunities, coming soon.

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

SAVE THE DATE  â€“ 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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