The Shift From Infantry to Education, Transportation Safety & Improvement Plan, Eggs & Issues, and High-Speed Rail.
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Edition 636

Charting Monterey's military evolution, from infantry to education

Make sure to take the opportunity to read "From infantry to education," The Herald's coverage this week on how the military presence on the Monterey Peninsula has shifted and evolved over time. 

The article details the long transition from the days when Fort Ord was a military basic training ground to the closure of the military base and the region's evolving military emphasis on education at its remaining installations: the Presidio of Monterey, home to the Defense Language Institute, and Naval Support Activity Monterey, home of the Naval Postgraduate School.

“When we lost Fort Ord, our strategic plan was that we will capitalize on our remaining military assets to create an education, science, environmental” and research hub, said Fred Meurer, a former Monterey city manager and Fort Ord public works director.

While the area lost about $500 million in yearly funds when Fort Ord closed, the Department of Defense budget still accounts for nearly $1.5 billion in Monterey County. 

Dino Pick, Monterey’s deputy city manager and a former DLI commandant, saw the evolution of the military presence on the Peninsula from both sides.

“These installations, unlike Fort Ord frankly, aren’t just tens of thousands of soldiers training in training areas,” he said. “Rather, they are thousands of highly trained, highly educated civilians that live here on the Peninsula, that enrich our cultural makeup, enrich our schools, enrich our religious diversity, our ethnic diversity and also bring a $1.5 billion economic impact to the region.”

As the U.S. military adjusted to modern warfare over the past decades, the local military institutions also made similar changes. Meurer considers some of the work done at NPS and DLI a force multiplier for the fighters in the Middle East, meaning the technology and intelligence makes the soldiers overseas more effective.

“We have all the pieces that are needed to secure the country’s cybersecurity future, economic future, homeland security future and national security future right here in Monterey,” he said. “So we need to continue to build that, we need to protect it and we need to market it, because a lot of people even in the Army don’t know that DLI exists.” Read the full story online.

Source: Monterey County  Herald.

Photo courtesy of Natela Cutter, DLIFLC Public Affairs. Middle East language students listen to their instructor during an in-class assignment. 

TAMC finalizes Transportation Investment Plan

With a unanimous vote, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (BCM) Board of Directors finalized remaining details of its Transportation Safety & Investment Plan and will now seek its adoption by each of the cities and Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

After postponing the decision last month, pending further discussion, the Board approved the selection of the Holman Highway 68 project as the final regional project to be included in the plan. The 11 projects approved in the plan are:

Highway and Road Safety

  • Highway 68-Salinas to Monterey
  • US 101 Safety Improvements-South County
  • Castroville Blvd- SR156 Interchange
  • Imjin Road/Parkway
  • Highway 1-Rapid Busway
  • Holman Highway 68-Monterey to Pacific Grove
  • Habitat Preservation

Mobility for Youth, Seniors, Working Families:

  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • Commuter Bus Transit, Salinas Valley Transit Center(s), Vanpools
  • Senior Transportation
  • FORTAG-regional paved path project

The Board also amended the Plan to reduce the Imjin Road/Parkway by $5 million and increase the Highway 68 project by $5 million. Other action taken by the Board includes:

  • The authorization to  release the Plan to the cities and county for adoption;
  • Adoption of the Policies and Project Descriptions and authorization of its release for public review.

The Investment Plan is a crucial part of the Agency’s efforts to become a “self-help” county. Gaining this status would give Monterey County the opportunity to compete for federal and state grants for local projects. The proposed 3/8% sales tax will raise approximately $20 million per year, for a total of $600 million over 30 years for road repair, safety and mobility improvements. 60% of the funds (est. $360 million) will be allocated to the cities and County for road repairs and safety projects, and 40% (est. $240 million) for regional safety and mobility projects.  

The Agency will now seek the Plan’s adoption from each of the cities and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors over the next two months. The proposed Transportation Safety and Investment Plan must be adopted by a majority of the cities representing a majority of the population and then placed on the ballot by the County Board of Supervisors. The proposed November 2016 ballot measure will require at least 2/3rds voter approval to be successful.

Airport District seeks proposals for concessionaires

The Monterey Peninsula Airport District (BCM) is seeking proposals from responsible, qualified firms for the development, management and operation of the general retail concession located in the terminal building post-security screening.  A non-mandatory pre-submittal conference will take place at 2 p.m. April 25 in the Board Room at the Monterey Regional Airport Monterey Regional Airport. Any interested parties submitting a response to the RFP are encouraged to attend. 

Direct questions regarding this RFP in writing via e-mail to Jennifer Hickerson. E-mail subject line must include: RFP for Airport Terminal Advertising Concession. Proposals must be received no later than 2 p.m. May 16. For details, see the website.

Join us on CalAsian Trade Mission to Shanghai

The California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Commercial Service, are accepting reservations to join a trade delegation to Shanghai, China on May 1-8 for the 2016 SIAL CHINA – Asia’s Largest Food Innovation Exhibition.

Targeted industries include food & beverage products from tree nuts and wine to specialty food products. food processing equipment, food and agriculture trade associations.

An estimated 66,000 visitors and over 2,900 exhibitors from 65 countries are expected to attend. Full participation is $3,900, sample exhibition is $2,000. Trip deposits are now being accepted. For program development information and travel logistics, email Jia Chen or phone (916) 446-7883 ext. 238.

SBDC, PG&E host Financing and Economic Development program

Register to attend a complimentary program and buffet lunch offered by the CSUMB Small Business Development Center and PG&E, that will provide powerful tools and information to help generate small business energy savings and promote economic development in the Salinas Valley. The program takes place from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 29 CSUMB at City Center, 1 Main St., Salinas. 

Our speakers and panel of experts includes financing specialists from PG&E, the SBDC Associate Director, and representatives from community development and local organizations. They will discuss financial and other resources that are under-utiliized, and how to access capital and information to make your projects a reality.

Register online or contact Mike Hackett of NRG Answers, LLC at (805) 403-6450.


Eggs & Issues: Cashing in on employee training

Attention employers: Here's a way to get some money back from the government and improve your talent pool. Seriously, it's no April Fool's joke. You really can receive government funding to pay for training your employees!

Stewart Knox, executive director of California's Employment Training Panel (ETP) will be our featured speaker at the next Eggs & Issues breakfast meeting, 7:30-9:15 a.m. Friday, April 1 at Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill.

Established in 1982, the Employment Training Panel (ETP) has proven itself for 30 years as the state's premier program supporting job creation and retention, through training. ETP is funded by a special tax on California employers and differs from other workforce development organizations whose emphasis is on pre-employment training. ETP fulfills its mission by reimbursing the cost of employer-driven training for incumbent workers and funding the type of training needed by unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce. Overall, the ETP program helps to ensure that California businesses will have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive. RSVP now

Thanks to our event sponsors, Monterey County For Energy IndependenceSan Benito County Workforce Investment Board and Santa Cruz County Workforce Investment Board.

High-speed rail focus of MCBC's April luncheon

Just what would high-speed rail mean for the Monterey Bay region and for the state?

Rod Diridon, Sr., emeritus executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, will discuss the foreseeable economic and environmental impacts of high-speed rail as guest speaker at next month's MCBC member luncheon.

Our April membership luncheon will take place from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Friday, April 8 at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club. Please note that MCBC's monthly lunch program is for members only and their guests.

Frequently referred to as the father of modern transit service in Silicon Valley. Diridon has chaired more than 100 international, national, state and local programs, most related to transit and the environment. From 1993 to 2014, he served as executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, a transportation policy research center created in 1991 by Congress. He frequently provides legislative testimony on sustainability. RSVP now.

Register now for MBEP's Regional Economic Summit

The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) will host its Second Annual Regional Economic Summit on April, 26, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey. This all-day event will highlight exciting and innovative collaborative efforts that are transforming the Monterey Bay region. 

  • Expert Speakers. One of the nation’s leading economists, Dr. Chris Thornberg will regale the audience with insights into key economic drivers for the region. John Hartnett, CEO and founder of SVG Partners, will moderate a panel of experts on how technology is transforming the business of agriculture. After lunch, Jen Grant, CMO of Looker, will dive into the next generation of Big Data, and Brian Kunz, VP of Project Development for First Solar takes us into the future of renewable energy. The afternoon will close out with Scott Kriens, co-founder of 1440 Multiversity, sharing insights into the new wellness center for our region. And Julie Packard, executive director and vice chair of the board of trustees at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor at UCSC, will provide enlightening insights into our Blue Economy.
  • Reception with Monterey Bay Winemakers. At the close of the event, attendees can peruse the tables at the ES16 Marketplace while tasting regionally crafted wines. Martinelli’s will also provide non-alcoholic sparkling ciders.
  • Tickets and Sponsors. Due to limited seating, this event will sell out in advance. Get registration and sponsorship information here

MCBC: Join us in celebrating our Small Businesses

The Monterey County Business Council will host "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County" on Friday, May 6.

We will be honoring outstanding small businesses in Monterey County during National Small Business Week (May 1-7) with an award presentation with U.S. Congressman Sam Farr and panels of local lenders who will discuss ongoing loan and financing programs. A wine and appetizer reception will follow.

National Small Business Week is a time to recognize the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. These entrepreneurs and small business owners are working hard to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs, drive innovation and increase our global competitiveness.

These small business owners are the backbone of our economy and we invite you to help us honor their determination and entrepreneurial spirit!

Our "Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County" will take place from 3-5:30 p.m., Friday, May 6 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Monterey Bay, Seaside. Register here. 

Thanks to our event sponsors:



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Hartnell to host Salinas Valley AgTech Summit

Join agriculture and farming professionals as they break ground on the third annual Salinas Valley Agricultural Technology Summit, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 30 at Hartnell College. The event is hosted by the Agricultural Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the CA Association of Pest Control Advisors. Guests will enjoy a wide variety of speakers and panel presentations on the topics of crop protection, automation, harvest, innovation, worker safety and regulations. There will be a venture capital pitch room, displays, demonstrations and much more. Event admission is free and proceeds benefit the Hartnell College Alisal Campus. Check out more about the event here.


Friday, April 1 – Monterey County Business Council's quarterly breakfast forum, "Eggs & Issues," featuring Stewart Knox, executive director of the state of California Employment Training Panel. Bayonet & Blackhorse Grill, 7:30-9 a.m. (See article above) Thanks to Monterey County for Energy Independence, the San Benito County Workforce Investment Board and Santa Cruz County Workforce Investment Board for sponsoring this event. For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington.

Friday, April 8 – 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 Rod Diridon, Sr., emeritus executive director of the Mineta Transportation Institute, will discuss the foreseeable economic and environmental impacts of high-speed rail . Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP at eventbrite or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

Tuesday, April 26  â€“ MBEP Regional Economic Summit, Hyatt Regency, Monterey. This all-day event will include expert speakers and panelists exploring and highlighting regional approaches and solutions on topics such as the AgTech Revolution and the Blue Economy in Monterey County. Early Bird pricing ends March 25.  RSVP now.

SAVE THE DATE â€“ Friday, May 6: Celebration of Small Businesses in Monterey County with U.S. Congressman Sam Farr,  3-5:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Monterey Bay.

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.

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