Rural Housing award, FORA updates, worker's comp rates, internship opportunities galore, and July's luncheon speaker..
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Edition 649

FORA adopts Regional Urban Design Guidelines

After two years of comprehensive planning and community participation, the FORA Board unanimously adopted the Regional Urban Design Guidelines (“RUDG”) at its June 10 meeting. 

The cities of Seaside (BCM), Marina (BCM), Del Rey Oaks (BCM) and Monterey (BCM), as well as Monterey County (BCM), will have the new policy as a guide for planning. The guidelines are required for Base Reuse Plan consistency for all future — or amendments to existing — legislative land-use decisions and development entitlements. The design guidelines are advisory for other areas on the former Army base. They are the result of several years to development, including more than 30 public meetings and events and 34 meetings of the guideline task force. Complete RUDG policies, interactive maps and design references can be viewed online at DesignFortOrd.orgRead more

Source: Monterey County Herald

United States Department of Agriculture honors bank as 'Champion of Rural Housing'  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Under Secretary Lisa Mensah recently presented Wells Fargo (BCM) with a Champion of Rural Housing award as part of USDA's observance of National Homeownership Month. In 2015, USDA and Wells Fargo worked together to help 2,792 low-and moderate-income families and individuals purchase homes in rural America through USDA's Guaranteed Loan Program. Of the nearly 950,000 home loans in USDA Rural Development's Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program portfolio, more than 131,000 are serviced by Wells Fargo. 

USDA launched the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program in 1991 to help expand access to mortgage financing in rural areas. USDA Rural Development has field staff throughout the country who complement the work of lenders by servicing residents of small communities. The Guaranteed Loan program increases access to mortgage financing in rural communities by offering approved lenders a 90 percent loan guarantee to offset their risk if a borrower defaults. The program requires no down payment from the applicant, offers a fixed interest rate, and has a 30-year loan term.

Ted Balestreri named to Travel & Tourism Advisory Board

Congratulations to MCBC founding member Ted Balestreri, President and CEO of the Cannery Row Company (BCM), for being appointed to the Travel & Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB) by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. The Travel & Tourism Advisory Board serves as the advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry in the U.S. Board members collaborate with other government agencies as part of the Tourism Policy Council, which advanced the development of the President’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy. The Board will continue its efforts to ensure Strategy’s goal of drawing 100 million international visitors to the United States by 2021 is achieved. Read more

Share your input on SR 68 Scenic Highway Plan

Didn't find time to attend the Transportation Agency for Monterey County's (BCM) first SR 68 Scenic Highway Plan workshop? Or have additional ideas or comments to share? Review the Project Overview Presentation online, then click here to participate in an On-Line Workshop Survey.

State Route 68 is a designated scenic route that connects the Monterey Peninsula to US Highway 101 and the Salinas Valley. SR 68 is a key route commute travel between Salinas and Monterey for 25,000 to 30,000 vehicles each day, as well as tourism and special event traffic.

The SR 68 Scenic Highway Plan will be a comprehensive, performance-based evaluation of current and future travel patterns along Highway 68 between Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula. The analysis will inform the selection of a preferred corridor concept that includes mid- and longer-term improvements focused on improving safety and reducing congestion. The Scenic Highway Plan will also enhance environmental sustainability by addressing the potential for wildlife connectivity enhancements to reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife by providing safe crossings along SR 68 for wildlife. The SR 68 Scenic Highway Plan will be developed with public input and be coordinated with other on-going regional transportation studies and improvements in the County. The virtual workshop continues through June 30.

T&A expands hydroponic lettuce program, adds new West Coast operation

Increasing distribution and growing areas to its Hydroponic Boston Lettuce program, Tanimura & Antle (BCM) has announced it both expanded its East Coast program and debuted new operations on the West Coast. The new hydroponic program will enable T&A to distribute Hydroponic Boston Lettuce year-round and nationwide from Salinas and Yuma. Read more
Source: And Know You Know

State Fund files for rate decrease

The State Compensation Insurance Fund is seeking to cut its workers’ compensation rates, per a recent filing with the California Department of Insurance. The rate filing includes an overall 9.5 percent rate reduction due to improvements in State Fund’s claims costs. Once approved  by the Department of Insurance, the rate changes could become effective Sept. 1, 2016.

State Fund is California's largest provider of workers' compensation insurance, with approximately 130,000 policyholders, more than $1.2 billion in premium and nearly $20 billion in assets.

Source: Insurance Journal

Upcoming on next week's 'Pub Talk' 

Please tune in to KRML (BCM) every Wednesday from 5-6 p.m. for "Pub Talk," live from Peter B's Brewpub or, better yet, join them on the patio for great beer and lively talk. You can also tune in to listen at 102.1FM / 1410AM, or live stream at

Upcoming guests on Wednesday, June 22 are Bryce Root and Annie Pautsch of the Santa Cruz Beer Passport; Noland, Hammerly, Etienne & Hoss (BCM) and Patty Fernandez, executive director of Girls, Inc.; and music from Eliza Rickman. KRML's "Pub Talk" is sponsored by MCBC member Allterra Solar (BCM).

Monterey Bay Internships launches local student careers

One way the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership is making a difference to improve the school-to-work pipeline is through Monterey Bay Internships (MBI), a regional internship website connecting students and employers, created as a collaborative effort by UCSC, Cabrillo College, CSUMB, the Santa Cruz County Business Council, the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership. More than 100 internships representing 63 organizations have so far been featured, and 169 local organizations are currently registered to use the website. 

Volunteers needed for 'Stand Down' homeless veterans resource event

Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, a three-day event serving homeless veterans, is scheduled to take place from noon Friday Aug. 19 to noon Sunday, Aug. 21 at 4499 Joe Lloyed Way, Seaside. Stand Down provides supplies and services, such as food, shelter, clothing, healthcare (physical and mental), benefits referrals, and other services to homeless veterans.

All levels of military service discharge are welcome. Free transportation is available to and from the event, and homeless veterans family accommodations will be available at the Stand Down. Pre-register at the Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County, Santa Cruz Veterans Center, VA Monterey/Seaside Clinic, Monterey Veterans Services Office, Salinas Veterans Services Office, King City Veterans Services Office or the San Benito County Veterans Services Office in Hollister. The event  is sponsored jointly by the United Veterans Council of Monterey County and the Veterans Transition Center in Marina.

Volunteers and donations are welcomed. For more information, call Marlene at 831.883.8387, Ext. 238

Park District earns transparency award

Congratulations to the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (BCM), for receiving the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation for outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance. In order to receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of eight essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner. The district also fulfilled 15 website requirements, including providing readily available information to the public, such as board agendas, past minutes, current district budget, and the most recent financial audit. The district must also demonstrate outreach to its constituents that engages the public in its governance, through an annual informational public budget hearing and community transparency reviews.
Pictured, Frog Pond Wetland Preserve/MPRPD photo.

Salinas Valley Ag Tech: Hear from three startups at the Center for Innovation & Technology

Join the AgTech Salinas Meetup group at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 at the CSUMB Salinas City Center for pizza, beer and insightful AgTech discussion. 
As a follow-up to the Forbes Ag Tech Summit in Salinas at the Taylor Building and the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, attendees will hear from three startup companies housed at the Innovation Center: Trace Genomics, specright and Inteligistics.

  • Trace Genomics - Molecular assay for soil and seed-borne pathogens enabling detection of pathogens and beneficial organisms simultaneously. 
  • specright - End-to-end packaging specification management
  • Inteligistics - Real time pulp temperature tracking, reporting and alerting across the value chain

Sign up here.

Names in the news...

Army Col. Lawrence Brown is scheduled to replace Col. Paul Fellinger as garrison commander at the Presidio of Monterey during a June 23 ceremony at Soldier Field. Brown served as the director of intelligence at Special Operations Command South the past two years. The military intelligence officer commanded the 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion in Korea from 2009 to 2011. After completing Army War College in 2012, Brown was assigned to the U.S. embassy in Pakistan and then deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. Source: Monterey County Herald


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, July 8 – MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (BCM), Seaside. Special guest speaker Dr. Willard Clark Lewallen, superintendent and president of Hartnell College, will discuss recent activities at Hartnell and a potential facilities bond measure for Hartnell.  Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP now.  (BIO)

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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