Recovery guides needed for property owners impacted by fires; Green Innovation focus of September's membership luncheon.
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Edition 657

Make a difference: Urgent need for recovery guides

 Not one but two fires now are devastating parts of Monterey County, and the impact is far-reaching. Here's a way to make a lasting investment to reach out to those who have lost homes and property in the Soberanes and Chimney fires in recent weeks.
Victims are full of questions on how to move forward with recovery, says Dick Bower, emergency planner for the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services. The organization was able to purchase a limited number of copies of “The Red Guide to Recovery,” a spiral-bound book that’s an excellent resource for people affected by a disaster. But Bower says there's no funding to purchase much-needed additional copies.
If any individuals or businesses are interested in funding an order of these books, the author and publisher have offered a discount on them, and they will add the partnership to the cover as a sponsoring organization. There is a California-specific book that we can add some resource pages to which will allow us to customize it for Monterey County. Cost, before any discounts, is $19.95 plus shipping and handling. See the website for the books here.
Any partners interested in making an investment in this resource for disaster victim neighbors should contact Bower at 796-1902 or via email.

Language, culture knowledge essential to national security, former CIA agent tells DLI audience
Language fluency is a lifelong journey, but it's a powerful means to broaden one's life experience. A deep understanding of language and culture also essential to national security, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency National Clandestine Service told faculty and staff at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center last week.
Throughout his career, Archibald’s work focused on international relations between states such as that between the Soviet Union and the U.S in the Cold War, but today individuals are becoming more powerful through the connectivity of technology. Therefore, he stressed, the importance of understanding relationships down to the individual, and with that comes the thorough understanding of language and culture.
“The ability to speak a foreign language and understand someone else’s culture is a gift that they take with them throughout their life," Frank Archibald said. "It will broaden their life experience, but it takes commitment.” 
Immersions are a win, he said, teaching culture and language and making possible higher levels of proficiency. DLIFLC provides resident instruction in 23 languages at the Presidio of Monterey, with the capacity to instruct another 65 languages in Washington, D.C. Read more
Source: Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
Pictured: Frank Archibald, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency National Clandestine Service at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Photo by Patrick Bray/DLIFLC Public Affairs.
LanguageLine Solutions acquired by French firm
Big news for LanguageLine Solutions LLC (BCM): The Monterey-based company is being acquired by Teleperformance SA, a French call-center operator, for $1.52 billion from a U.S. private-equity firm. Paris-based Teleperformance, which has customers in industries including health care, insurance, banking and retail, said in a statement Monday it’s buying LanguageLine from Abry Partners and other investors in a debt-financed deal.
LanguageLine’s Insight product can pair customer-support representatives with one of 8,000 interpreters via video link so they can have translated conversations in 240 languages including Chinese, Spanish, French, German and Arabic, according to LanguageLine’s website. Digitizing customer-relationship management and communicating with consumers around the world is gaining importance as businesses become more global in reach.
LanguageLine was founded in 1982 and had revenue of $388 million and adjusted profit of $147 million last year. Read more
Source: Bloomberg
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!
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!
And a special treat: Flu shots will be available via MCBC member, Visiting Nurses Association for only $30!  Download a flyer here: Flu_Shot_Flyer.

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.
Landfill celebrates 40 years of service to Salinas Valley
Congratulations to MCBC member Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority: Its Johnson Canyon Landfill is celebrating 40 years of service to the Salinas Valley. The landfill opened to the public on July 26, 1976.
Located along Johnson Canyon Road in eastern outskirts of Gonzales, the Johnson Canyon Sanitary Landfill facility is owned by the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority (BCM), a governmental joint powers authority between the County of Monterey and the cities of Salinas, Gonzales, Soledad, Greenfield and King City. Since 1976, it has evolved from a managed disposal site for southern Monterey County to a resource recovery facility that produces clean energy and recycles organic waste.
Key moments in its timeline:
  • After the 2009 closure of Crazy Horse Canyon Landfill in northern Salinas, Johnson Canyon Landfill became the primary regional landfill serving all of Salinas Valley, with broader recycling services to match the expanded service area.
  • In 2013, SVSWA completed its 1.6 mega-watt landfill gas-to-energy partnership project with Ameresco, Inc. The innovative renewable energy project was developed to improve the surrounding environment and provide green power to the city of Palo Alto as a source of revenue for SVSWA. The 20-year agreement to sell competitively priced power to Palo Alto helps SVSWA offset the shifting paradigm of revenue from landfilling as they continually strive to divert waste from the landfill and create green jobs in the Salinas Valley.
  • In 2014, SVSWA Board of Directors progressed in its vision for a “Future Without Landfills” by ending the import of garbage from outside Monterey County. Not only did this monumental action significantly extend the life of its last remaining landfill, but also reduced the community’s long-term financial and environmental liability associated with caring for active and closed landfills. Last year, SVSWA took over management of the Johnson Canyon Landfill, and continues to expand the list of materials accepted for recycling. Its popularity is on the rise as more members of the community have discovered the convenience of the only Monterey County landfill open on Sundays.
See more background and a Historical Timeline of Johnson Canyon Landfill here.
Pictured: The first private vehicle to empty trash into the Johnson Canyon Landfill, July 26, 1976.
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.
Zipcar car-sharing network comes to CSUMB

Students at California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM) have a new option when it comes to getting around town. Zipcar — a car-sharing network that allows members to rent a vehicle by the hour or day — became available on campus this week. For a $15 first-year membership fee, students can rent one of the two cars parked on campus for as little at $7.50 per hour or $69 per day. Zipcar already has a presence on more than 500 universities in the U.S.Read more
Source: Monterey Herald

Hartnell receives $200,000 donation for performing arts center's renovation campaign

Hartnell Community College (BCM) District and the Hartnell College Foundation received $200,000 from an anonymous donor in support of the capital campaign for the Center for Performing Arts, home to The Western Stage, one of the region's leading arts organizations. This is the second large gift to the campaign in the past three months. To date, the Foundation has raised over $1,443,000 towards the $1,500,000 renovation goal. Upgrades will include a new box office, enhanced community atrium, new art gallery area and infrastructure upgrades to the front of the Center for Performing Arts. Read more
Source: The Californian

Brandman University offers scholarships for working professionals
A great offer from one of our valued MCBC members: Brandman University's offering a six-month scholarship for working professionals who want to advance their career and further their skill sets by earning a college degree. Brandman University’s Competency Based Education (CBE) provides an accessible, flexible, practical and affordable way for working professionals to earn an online Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration or Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.  Students master a range of competencies rather than courses while utilizing their work experience.  Currently, there is a  $2,700 “Back 2 School Scholarship” that is available to CBE students who begin their programs by Nov. 30, 2016. The scholarship covers the first six months of study. Get details

Taylor Farms takes part in 'Labor of Love' campaign 
Taylor Farms (BCM) is the latest ag company to show harvesters some love in a campaign designed to celebrate ag workers. Crews in the field were surprised last week with breakfast burritos. The "Labor of Love" campaign, sponsored by the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association, was prompted in part by the labor shortage in agriculture. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald/ Pictured: Taylor Farms employee Juan Ramos is profiled on the campaign website.

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.

Chartwell School to host lunch presentation by Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea

Chartwell School (BCM) hosts a special lunch presentation by Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea on Friday, Sept. 30. A philanthropist, investing guru and serial entrepreneur, Orfalea struggled through his school years because of conditions now recognized as dyslexia and ADHD. He now credits these "disabilities" as the blessings that allowed him to see the world differently from his peers.
"Lessons from the Billionaire Founder of Kinko's" will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Friday, Sept. 30 at McMahan Hall on the Chartwell campus. Tickets are $40 and include lunch. RSVP

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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