Just what Monterey County's agricultural industry is worth to the local economy is the focus of a report released Tuesday by the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner's Office.
As opposed to the traditional crop report, the new study aims to quantify the "Economic Contribution of Monterey County Agriculture, " the county’s largest sector in terms of economic output as well as its single biggest employer.
According to the report, the agricultural industry contributes a total of $8.1 billion to the local economy, including $5.7 billion in direct economic output, which represents 18.5% of the county’s total direct economic output, and $2.4 billion in additional economic output in the form of expenditures by agriculture companies and their employees.
It provides 76,054 jobs in Monterey County, including 55,702 direct employees, which is 23.7% of all jobs in the county or nearly one out of every four workers, plus 20,352 additional jobs made possible through expenditures by agricultural companies and their employees.
Agriculture pumped nearly a million dollars per hour into the county economy ($926,757 to be exact). Agriculture’s $5.68 billion in direct output made it the largest economic sector in Monterey County, accounting for 18.5% of all direct economic output. Meanwhile, the 55,702 jobs also made agriculture the county’s top employer, with 23.7% of the county’s 235,425 jobs.
The report also looks at how the industry's diversity provides critical economic stability within agriculture and to the wider county economy and the measures being taken locally to invest in ambitious new technology innovation efforts.
See the full report...
Alaska Airlines adds new daily flights between Monterey and L.A.
Alaska Airlines will start daily roundtrip flights between Los Angeles and Monterey on Nov. 5.
The Seattle-based airline is also adding new daily flights between Los Angeles and Boise, Idaho, and and Reno, Nev., along with a seasonal flight between Los Angeles and Gunnison/Crested Butte, Colo. starting in December.
To inaugurate the new service, Alaska is offering introductory one-way fares as low as $79 on flights between Los Angeles and Monterey and between Boise and Reno, and one-way fares as low as $119 between Los Angeles and Gunnison/Crested Butte. Alaska is also offering members of its Mileage Plan double miles when they fly a qualifying nonstop between Los Angeles and Monterey between Nov. 5 and Dec. 5.
"The timing on this announcement is excellent," said Airport General Manager Tom Greer. "American Airlines recently announced that they will discontinue flying to Los Angeles, which is the number one market from Monterey Regional Airport.”
The flight schedule and start dates are as follows:
- Nov. 5: Los Angeles-Monterey 7:40 p.m. 9:05 p.m. daily
- Nov. 6: Monterey-Los Angeles 6 a.m. 7:18 a.m. daily
Flights will be operated by Alaska’s sister carrier Horizon Air, using a 76-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft.
Visit alaskaair.com for details or to sign up for membership in Alaska's Mileage Plan.
GO-Biz launches one-stop biz portal
As part of an ongoing effort to provide more on-line tools to businesses, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) on Wednesday announced the launch of the California Business Portal, a one-stop-shop website for business owners looking for information and assistance.
“The California Business Portal is a response to the needs of the business community and their request for better on-line tools,” said GO-Biz Chief Deputy Director Panorea Avdis. “California business owners now have a resource to make it easier to do business in the state and GO-Biz will continually update the portal to ensure it keeps up with the demands of business owners and entrepreneurs.”
The California Business Portal provides information to business owners on starting a new business, permits and licenses, incentives, local resources and more. The business portal is designed to be mobile friendly and can be accessed on iOS and Android devices.
Key features include:
- Quick Start Guides: Short guides that contain the essential information for starting, and growing specific types of businesses in the state of California.
- California Business Navigator: Not sure where to start? The Business Navigator provides custom information for your business including permits, licenses and incentives.
- Service Desk: Get answers to commonly asked questions with the California Business Portal Service Desk. If the information for your situation is not here yet, submit your question and GO-Biz will provide a customized answer.
'U.S.-Cuba Relations' to be focus of MIIS discussion
The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey hosts "U.S.-Cuba Relations: Emerging Obstacles and Opportunities," a discussion at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 8 at its Monterey campus.
Join Vice President Jeff Dayton-Johnson and guest speaker Jonathan Showe as they discuss Cuba's circuitous path to date and the winding road ahead.
The author of "Cuba Rising," Showe may America's most frequent visitor to the island, having traveled to Cuba more than 200 times. After military service, he earned a graduate degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, then served as a foreign economic policy advisor in the Nixon and Ford administrations.
The event, sponsored by the eMIISaries, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so arrive early. For details, contact 647-6647 or email.
Check out Showe's interview with the Carmel Writer's Group about his book, "Cuba Rising."
PG&E project aims to hire 1,000 military veterans
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (BCM) has unveiled a long-term career hiring program aimed at veterans. The "1,000 Careers Project" has set a goal of hiring 1,000 veterans into PG&E careers over the next eight years.
"This effort is about more than providing veterans with a paycheck. It's about creating opportunities for them to build successful, long-term careers," said PG&E Vice President of Talent Management and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Laura Butler.
"The 1,000 Careers Project will help us meet the challenge of building the next-generation workforce at PG&E, as 40 percent of our workforce is eligible to retire over the next five years. We're also in an ever-changing industry where technology and innovation are driving the demand to hire for new skills. Veterans have key abilities which will help us effectively answer these concerns," said Butler.
For the last three years, PG&E has been recognized as a Top-100 Military Friendly® Employer by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The utility recently received three awards from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for its support of employees who serve in the National Guard and reserve. PG&E also received the Faraday Award at this year's Electric Power Conference for successfully engaging veterans to become long-term employees in the utility industry.
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