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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
Open for Business

Business Council Members identified as (BCM)

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

Edition 632

TAMC board approves sales tax measure spending plan

Local road and street repair, and the Fort Ord Regional Trail and Greenway project were the big winners on Wednesday as the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (BCM) decided how to divvy up a projected $600 million in revenue from a 30-year, 3/8-cent transportation sales tax measure being proposed for the November ballot.

Funding for Holman Highway improvements, on the other hand, remains in limbo, while River Road upgrades have apparently survived.
By an 18-1 vote, the TAMC board approved a spending plan for the proposed tax measure, including an allocation formula and a list of regional transportation projects ranging from highway upgrades and transit improvements to the Fort Ord trail and alternative transportation projects.

The spending plan must still be approved by the Board of Supervisors and a majority of the county’s 12 cities. Policy guidelines including how the sales tax revenue will be managed will be considered by the TAMC board next month.

Read the full story online.
Source: Monterey County Herald

Museum to becom a Salvador Dali showcase

Big changes ahead for the Museum of Monterey, which will soon become home to a private collection of 543 works by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
The owner of the collection, Pebble Beach businessman Dmitry Piterman, and the Monterey History and Art Association, which currently operates the museum at Custom House Plaza, have entered into a joint venture that will see Piterman managing the day-to-day workings of the museum.

The original etchings, mixed media, lithographs, sculptures and tapestries by Dali will take the place of the art and artifacts currently on display at the Museum of Monterey, a collection that reflects the area’s history on land and sea. 

The change may result in another new name for the museum, which had been the Monterey History and Maritime Museum before it became the Museum of Monterey in 2011. The working name of the joint venture is Dali 17, reflecting the time the prolific artist lived and worked at Hotel Del Monte in the 1930s and ’40s. 

Lawrence Chavez, president of the history and art association’s board of trustees, and Piterman described the new venture as mutually beneficial. Piterman had been looking for a place to exhibit his collection, and the association had been looking for a way to draw in more visitors to the museum, which has been struggling financially for years.

Read more online.

Source: Monterey County Herald

Report: A sea change ahead for coastal regions?

The ocean is key to the Monterey Bay's economic vitality, but a changing ocean environment could someday bring distinct challenges to the region, according to a report from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM). Rising sea levels, population growth and less federal funding could bring unique hardships to coastal economies, and that could have far-reaching impacts.

“Nearly 50 percent of the U.S. economy is generated by coastal counties and 83 percent by coastal states,” said Judith Kildow, lead author and director of the Middlebury Institute’s National Ocean Economics Program. “If that continues to grow, we need a plan.”

Some key findings:

  • Of all the coastal states, California’s coastal economy has experienced the second-highest employment and economic growth since 2010, measured by gross domestic product. It now employs nearly 16 million people and its economy amounts to $2.1 trillion. 
  • Tens of millions of Californians live in coastal counties, but federal ocean-related expenditures have steadily declined by 8 percent, while the state continues to endure a historic drought and the early effects of climate change.
  • Monterey Bay’s ocean-related economy depends on tourism, commercial fisheries and marine construction, including maintaining eroding beaches and shorelines.
  • Acidification, which affects fisheries and coral reefs and is especially harmful to the shellfish industry.
  • Storm surges, which create flood hazards and erosion along the coast, are predicted to become more intense as climate change continues.

Read the full story.

Source: Monterey County Herald

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay applications due March 14

Applications are due by midnight, Monday, March 14 for the 2016 Startup Challenge Monterey Bay. Entrepreneurs and startup companies in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties are eligible to apply.

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is a new business competition and accelerator program that supports the founding, funding and growth of new and innovative businesses in the Monterey Bay region. It offers workshops, feedback and mentoring to empower entrepreneurs in a competitive process. 

Divisions include the Venture Division for businesses designed to grow into large businesses; the Main Street Division for small businesses, sole proprietorships and non-profits; and the Student Division for student teams at all levels from high school through graduate school.

Prizes include $1,500 for the winning Student Division team, $10,000 and $2,500 worth of professional services for the winning Main Street company, and a $20,000 grand prize and $10,000 worth of professional services for the winning Venture Division company.

Free pitch workshops for applicants run throughout March; see schedule.  The first 50 completed applications will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a free iPad mini 2. 

The Startup Challenge Monterey Bay is organized by a committee of community members and managed by the Institute for Innovation & Economic Development (BCM), an institute of the College of Business at CSU Monterey Bay (BCM)

Key dates for Startup Challenge Monterey Bay: 

  • March 14 - Application deadline 
  • April 1 - Qualifying Round pitches 
  • May 6 - Final Round and Venture Showcase 

Monterey Bay Internships: Connecting employers to students. Connecting students to employers

Connecting students with internship opportunities via a simple-to-use, mobile-friendly website is the aim of Monterey Bay Internships, a new site designed to benefit students, schools and employers alike.

Developed in partnership with the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, Cabrillo College, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County Business Council and the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, the recently launched website is expanding to connect college students in the Monterey Bay area with internships at local businesses, nonprofits, government agencies and campus entities.

It's easy to post an internship listing at Monterey Bay Internships: Just go to, create an account and enter company and internship information. Employers receive automatic notifications when a student applies, and the website makes it simple to follow up with candidates and update the status of positions.

The website also allows college students to post resumes and search for internship opportunities by area, title, category or region.

Post available internship information at Monterey Bay Internships now.

Broadband access to be topic at member luncheon

Broadband access will be the focus of the Monterey County Business Council's next member luncheon on Friday, March 11, where we will get an update on the ongoing work of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC).  MCBC provides administrative and logistical support to the CCBC, which is dedicated to improving broadband availability, access and adoption in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. 

The top priority of the CCBC is providing resources and incentives to telecommunications service providers, including local government agencies, to build broadband infrastructure and extend it throughout our tri-county region. Rural and urban regional consortia such as CCBC work to promote ubiquitous broadband deployment and to advance broadband adoption in unserved and underserved areas throughout the state. A dozen communities in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties have been identified by the California Public Utilities Commission as high-priority areas for broadband infrastructure development due to the CCBC’s efforts. 

The Monterey County Business Council continues to work with each jurisdiction in our tri-county region to adopt and/or endorse the Dig Once policy as part of a broadband master plan. Come learn about these efforts from, among others, CCBC Executive Committee members Joel Staker, information services manager for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Steve Blum, president of Tellus Venture Associates, a management and business development consultancy specializing in developing new community broadband systems, and serving the digital media and telecommunications industries. 

Our February member lunch will take place on Friday, March 11 at the Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Register now!

Tickets available for 2016 Panetta Lecture Series

Ticket reservations are now available for the Leon Panetta 2016 Lecture Series at the Sunset Cultural Center. Moderated by Secretary Leon E. Panetta, the Lecture Series offers the opportunity to hear directly from national leaders who examine and discuss national and international issues. This year's theme is "An America in Renaissance or Decline? The Challenges Facing a New President." 

Events and speakers for the 2016 Lecture Series are as follows:

  • March 14: War, Terrorism and Other Global Threats
  • April 18: Jobs, Debt and Taxes
  • May 9: Gridlock, Partisanship and Executive Action
  • June 27: Changing Society, Technology and Media

For ticket information, visit or call 582-4200.

Film scholarship program accepting applications

Applications are now being accepted for the $2,000 Monterey County Film Commission's Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program. The deadline to apply is April 1. The winner of the $2,000 award (or two $1,000 awards) will be announced by April 22. 

Eligibility details and application forms can be downloaded here, or contact the film commission office via email or at 646-0910.

The scholarship program was created to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film and beginning filmmakers who live in Monterey County, or who are currently enrolled in a community college or university in the county. Established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County, the fund is designed to help a film student work towards a career goal and the funds can go directly to the student to be used for their film projects or school tuition. 

The scholarship's funding comes from the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, the Union Bank Foundation, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and other individuals and businesses.

Hartnell Board hears results of bond feasibility report

The time is ripe for putting a bond before the voters in the Hartnell Community College District, according to a bond feasibility study presented to the Hartnell Board of Trustees this week. 

Though the amount and duration of a bond has not been decided, a survey of voters indicates that the majority would approve a bond to invest in capital improvements across the college district.

However, the survey also shows that a sizable percentage of voters don’t know enough about Hartnell to comfortably vote yes on a bond measure initially estimated at $170 million.

The board has not indicated whether it wants to place a bond on the ballot in November. 

Read the bond feasibility report here; See the full story online.

Source: Salinas Californian

MST 2015 Community Stakeholder Survey

If you haven't yet done so, take Monterey-Salinas Transit's 2015 Community Stakeholder Survey, which aims to determine how familiar the community is with MST (BCM) services, service satisfaction levels and most important alternative transportation options.  Deadline for the survey is Monday, Feb. 29. Take the survey here.

Global California conference looks to the Pacific Rim 

The 12th annual Global California conference, March 24 at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (BCM), will focus on trade and investment opportunities between California and the 21 countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

The 12th Global California conference will also feature:

  • Discussions on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement which is comprised of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal involving these 12 economies is said to be worth about $28 trillion in trade and investment.
  • An innovative panel on California's "blue economy" and how it can dovetail on the growth of an exploding "green economy" in the APEC countries. 
  • The Monterey County Business Council will convene a panel on Monterey's "language capital of the world" and the unique translation, interpretation, cultural and localization services it offers to the global marketplace.
  • A panel discussion of the new "Cyber-Silk Road" initiative that is now being paved between China and the U.S. 

The event is organized by the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA),, and Brand Monterey Bay, with MCBC as a sponsor. Click here for details.


Friday, March 11 â€“ MCBC Monthly Membership Luncheon (second Friday of the month), 11:45 a.m. -1:30 p.m., Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, Seaside. Steve Blum, president of Tellus Venture Associates, and CCBC Executive Committee members Joel Staker, Information Services Manager for the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea, will be among those providing an update on the ongoing work of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium.  Bayonet & Black Horse Grill, 1 McClure Way, Seaside.  Register now. (BIO)

Tuesday, March 15 â€“ AgTech MeetUp, 6-8 p.m., CSUMB at Salinas City Center, 1 N. Main St., Salinas. Sponsored by the city of Salinas, South Swell Ventures, the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, AgTech Insight, WGA and CSUMB. Networking session will be followed by presentations that will highlight AgTech solutions to increasing regulatory and food safety concerns. Speakers include Michael Palmer from Food Safety GAP and Ray Connelly from iTrade Network. Official agenda forthcoming. Free to the public; email for questions, or call 707-495-1950.

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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