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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Sept. 30, 2016

Edition 662

A farewell from outgoing MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington

Wishing the best of luck to outgoing Monterey County Business Council Executive Director Brian Turlington, whose final day with MCBC is today, Sept. 30. Turlington, who joined MCBC as executive director in April 2014, will be leaving our organization to take on the role of vice-president/general counsel at Cult of 8, the parent company of Folktale Winery & Vineyards (BCM). The Carmel Valley winery was named California Travel Association's Winery of the Year in 2016 and is one of the eight winery brands owned, produced and managed by Cult of 8.
In his new role, Turlington will continue to collaborate with the Monterey County Business Council.
"I am grateful for the personal and professional relationships I formed during my time as executive director and look forward to working closely with the Business Council in my new position," says Turlington. "I am proud to have been part of MCBC’s ongoing success in attracting and retaining business to and in our region and remain committed to promoting public-private partnerships."
Says MCBC President Mary Ann Leffel, "We look forward to working with Folktale, owner Greg Ahn and Brian on projects to further their industries and the economic well-being of Monterey County."

Thought for the Week

“With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief.
It has to be in that order."

- Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K, Duke University)
CalAm kicks off pipeline project
While the official groundbreaking ceremony will take place in mid-October, construction has already started on Cal-Am's seven-mile pipeline project,  the first major infrastructure component of a new water supply for the Monterey Peninsula.
The $50 million California American Water-owned transmission pipeline and pump station project is expected to take about a year. Leading the project is 
Garney Pacific Inc.
The pipeline will run from Seaside’s Hilby Pumping Station over a new Monterey-Salinas Highway bridge through downtown Monterey and the Presidio of Monterey to an existing pump station and pipeline on Sinex Avenue in Pacific Grove.
Approved on Sept. 15 by the state Public Utilities Commission along with a water purchase agreement for the $85 million Pure Water Monterey groundwater replenishment project, the new infrastructure is expected to be complete and operational by the end of next year, in advance of the availability of recycled water in early 2018. It will be used to transport the new 3,500-acre-foot annual recycled water supply, along with aquifer storage and recovery water. That would represent more than 30 percent of the new Penjnsula water supply aimed at replacing much of the historic river and Seaside basin sources. When a long-delayed desalination plant is finally completed, the new infrastructure will also be used to transport that product water, representing an additional 40 percent of the new supply.
MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington was among those who spoke in favor of the project at the Sept. 15 meeting.
Get project information on the website and through a construction hotline at 646-3297, and more
Source: Monterey County Herald; map courtesy of CalAm.
Monterey Regional Airport celebrates 75 years of service to the community.

MCBC's Friday Facts sponsor for September

This month, the Monterey County Business Council celebrates Monterey Regional Airport, one of our valued MCBC member organizations, 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 Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000.

Monterey Regional Airport is convenient and close to home, but the airport, which is celebrating its 75th year of community service, is also hugely important to the region's economic well-being. According to a new video produced by Mag One Productions to mark the airport's 75th anniversary, Monterey Regional Airport has a total economic benefit of:
  • $302 million in revenues
  • 2,411 jobs
  • $115 million income
  • $19 million in tax revenue 
  • 11,000 flights each year
  • Nearly 400,000 passengers each year
  • Nearly $100 million in goods and services purchased by airport visitors each year
Check out the video and make sure to Fly Monterey!
Monterey Regional Airport to hosts Community Day Celebration
Monterey Regional Airport is hosting a Community Day Celebration in honor of its 75th anniversary! The celebration takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at  Monterey Jet Center, 300 Sky Park Drive, Monterey. The event is free to the public, featuring displays, bounce houses, food trucks, raffles and more:
  • View new and vintage planes
  • Great food and drink (available for purchase)
  • Plenty of activities for kids
  • Register to win a trip to San Diego
  • Rescue and emergency vehicles on display
  • Take a ride on a plane (tickets available for purchase)
Get details at
Hartnell, CSUMB awarded STEM grants
Five Monterey Bay schools have been awarded STEM grants to "improve and expxand STEM programs serving Hispanic and low-income students."
U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, announced the awards Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Education grants total $27.5 million and will be funded over five years.
“The Central Coast is home to world-class colleges and universities that serve a diverse community,” said Farr. “A good education is the pathway to success and it’s critical that everyone has access to secondary education, especially STEM programs. I’m very pleased to support the U.S. Department of Education and I’m delighted to help bring home these important federal grants.”
The recipients and their annual awards:
  • Hartnell College (BCM): $1,194,549 each year.
  • UC Santa Cruz : $1,142,309.
  • California State University, Monterey Bay (BCM): $1,129,739.
  • Cabrillo College: $1,096,785.
  • Gavilan College: $947,491.  Read more
Source: Salinas Californian
An event to remember: Roast MCBC president/founding member Mary Ann Leffel 
Please join the Monterey County Business Council in roasting founding member and long-serving President Mary Ann Leffel on Friday, Oct. 14. We ask all our private and public sector partners to help us celebrate Mary Ann’s tireless efforts to improve our regional economic prosperity by attending the evening’s festivities at InterContinental the Clement Monterey from 6 to 10 pm.
The evening is a benefit for MCBC and we are offering a two-tier sponsorship opportunity. Those wishing to roast Mary Ann may purchase a table of 10 for $5,000. One member from each such “roasting table” may designate one member from that table to serve as a Roaster of Mary Ann.  Those wishing to share in the fun with preferred seating may purchase a table of 10 for $2,500. We will recognize our sponsors in all relevant marketing materials and at the Roast. We are also offering individual tickets for $275.
For more information, please contact MCBC Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000. This evening should be one we will all be talking about for a long time to come – don’t miss it!
Join your neighbors for PG's next Cash Mob
The Pacific Grove Economic Development Department invites you to join its next Pacific Grove Cash Mob, Friday, Oct. 7
Start the night off with no-host cocktails and tapas at Jeninni's kitchen+wine bar (542 Lighthouse Ave.) from 5:30-7 p.m. Join your neighbors, meet new friends and support local businesses! Then at 7 p.m., the group will head over to "mob" Clothing Optional Boutique (510 Lighthouse Ave.). Please plan to spend at least $20 at this business to show them that they do belong in Pacific Grove. Clothing, scarves, jewelry, shoes and more! Stay after and enjoy the festivities of First Friday: music, art galleries, entertainment, dining and shopping.
For more information, contact
'Catch the Wave' to benefit 'Ocean Trilogy'
SpectorDance and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) invite you to attend a fundraiser for "Ocean Trilogy," a new multidisciplinary performance and educational outreach program highlighting exciting innovations and new possibilities from cutting-edge ocean science.
"Catch the Wave!" takes place 4-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Monterey Museum of Art.
Get details or RSVP
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
Don't delay: RSVP now for Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit

MCBC's Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit is fast approaching!  This important event will take place 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 Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000. for information regarding the Summit and sponsorship opportunities. 

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.
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 Projects Manager Melody Burgess or (831) 216-3000 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, Oct. 14– 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 Stephen L. Vagnini, Monterey County Assessor/Clerk/Recorder, who will discuss "Property Taxes and Other Issues in Monterey County." Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. RSVP or call 831.216.3000. (BIO)

Friday, Oct. 14: 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. See above for details. RSVP now!

SAVE THE DATE – Thursday, Oct. 27: Monterey County Business Council Annual Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit. 7:30-10 a.m., Monterey Marriott. 

SAVE THE DATE  – 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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