Innovation in Digital Games, redevelopment news, Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit, and a warm welcome to some great new MCBC members.
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Friday, Oct. 23 -- MCBC Annual Higher Education & Research Competitive Cluster Leadership Summit. This important annual event offers a chance for regional higher education and research institutions to discuss their current projects while highlighting their regional economic impact with the public release of an economic impact report. (See story at right) Register now for discounted MCBC member admission, and see sponsorship opportunities, at Eventbrite

SAVE THE DATE: MCBC 21st Anniversary Gala and Annual Economic Vitality Awards, February 6, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. To find out about  sponsorship opportunities, contact MCBC Executive Director Brian E. Turlington at 831.216.3000 or via email

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Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Edition 616

Governor signs post-redevelopment bill

Four years after approving legislation that ended the anti-blight redevelopment program in California, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill giving local agencies a way to pay for similar projects.
Assembly Bill 2, by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, authorizes local governments in economically depressed areas to use certain tax revenue for public works and affordable housing improvements and to help businesses.
Brown also signed Senate Bill 107, which supporters said it will make it easier for agencies to retain money used for affordable housing programs, while also expanding the type of loans for which local agencies can seek reimbursement. Read the story here.
Source: Sacramento Bee

Graniterock shares insight, issues

A new monthly email newsletter from Graniterock (BCM), Rock.Paper.Scissors., features content relevant to the construction industry, infrastructure and more. In Rock, a section featuring projects and people of Graniterock and its customers, this month's issue looks at cold-in-place recycling, a road rehabilitation technique that recycles the top 3-6 inches of existing pavement to improve roadway surfaces. Already used by many cities and counties throughout the Bay Area, it's an affordable way to tackle the problem of the state's crumbling roadways. Paper takes an in-depth look at key issues facing the construction industry. This month, Graniterock President/CEO Tom Squeri takes politicians to task for the poor condition of the state's roads and bridges, and its near-constant state of gridlock. "This disrepair is costing California motorists nearly $762 annually per driver on average," writes Squeri, "and even more in some areas." Yet the problem of infrastructure funding, he writes, is "purely a political problem." And Scissors offers a creative take on a variety of construction-related topic, this month looking at Graniterock by the numbers, highlighting its 11 airport projects and the services the company provides.

Register now for Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit 

Our local colleges and universities not only prepare students for the world through degrees and workforce preparedness training, they also serve as centers of research and innovation. They create jobs and vitalize our local economy.
Each year, the Monterey County Business Council and the Higher Education & Research Competitive Cluster host an annual Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit. Scheduled for 7:30-10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23 in the Monterey Marriott's Ferrante’s Bay View Room, the Annual Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit is the opportunity for the presidents and institutions that are members of the MCBC 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.  
Expect insights from, and the opportunity to network with, leading officials from Cal State University Monterey Bay (BCM), University of California Santa Cruz, Monterey Peninsula College (BCM), Hartnell College (BCM), Monterey College of Law (BCM), the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (BCM), Defense Language Institute (BCM, Naval Postgraduate School (BCM), and others. 
A special focus of this year’s Summit will be the  launch of  the Bright  Futures Cradle-to-Career  initiative in which regional partners are working together to ensure that every child is prepared for school, succeeds in and out of the classroom, completes a post-high school credential and enters a promising career. Attend and discover how you can help this crucial effort for our community. 
Advance registration for MCBC members is just $30, or $40 for non-members; those without advance registration will be charged $45 at the door.

Register now at Eventbrite to reserve your attendance.

Our thanks to our event sponsors

Major sponsors of this year's Higher Education & Research Leadership Summit include the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, PG&E (BCM) and the Monterey Bay PTAC.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsors will be publicly acknowledged at our event through promotional announcements, fliers, social media, as well as a prominent note in our program. We offer three levels of sponsorship: (i) Platinum Sponsors in the amount of $5,000, each of whom will receive video and audio recognition on television and radio; listing on our event program; recognition at the event; recognition in all marketing publications; company brand/logo on the MCBC website; recognition in Friday Facts; and ten (10) tickets and preferred seating; (ii) Gold Sponsors for $2,500, who will receive listing on our event program; recognition at the event; company brand/logo on the MCBC website; recognition in Friday Facts; ten (10) tickets and preferred seating; (iii)Silver Sponsors for $1,000, who will receive listing on our event program; recognition at the event; ten (10) tickets and preferred seating. Breakfast will be provided to all attendees.
Get sponsorship details at Eventbrite or download a sponsorship request letter signed by CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa, Hartnell College Superintendent/President Willard Lewallen, Ph.D., and Monterey Peninsula College Superintendent/President Walter Tribley here 
to become a sponsor of this high-visibility event. For aditional information, email MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington or phone (831) 216-3020.



Innovation Salon: The business of gaming

Digital games have become a mainstream media. It’s the entertainment of choice for most millennials; its revenue has surpassed movie box office revenue in 2013; its impacts in the arts, education, commerce, marketing, even in the military are growing fast.
Digital game research and development has a substantial footprint in the Monterey Bay area: CSUMB (BCM) established curriculum in Game Design and Game Development; USCS offers a graduate degree in playable media; Santa Cruz has a healthy independent game industry; the Department of Defense designed its U.S. Army Games here; the Naval Postgraduate School (BCM) and CSUMB co-founded to explore games in the military.
Join with faculty and experts in the region to connect and brainstorm opportunities in digital game related education, research, development, and industry when the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) (BCM) hosts "Innovation in Digital Games," its next Innovation Salon featuring Dr. Krzysztof Pietroszek, Game Development; Professor Patrick Watson, Interactive Media;  Dr. Miguel Lara, Educational Games; and Professor Lanier Sammons, Game Music. The Innovation Salon meets from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2 in Cal State Monterey Bay's (BCM) BIT Building, Room 224.  See for details.


Welcome to our newest MCBC members: Folktale Winery, KMRL

Kudos to our newest MCBC members, Folktale Winery (BCM) and KMRL (BCM), for knowing how to host a great event: Monterey County Business Council Executive Director Brian Turlington was at the winery Tuesday with another new MCBC member, KRML, for the radio station's second event in its "Live in the Vines" concert series, a sold-out Larkin Poe show.
Folktale Winery, formerly known as Chateau Julien, was recently included in a SFGate's travel story listing "10 Reasons to Visit Monterey County."
And it's easy to see why they were included: The Carmel Valley Wine Trail property has new owners, a new look and "a fresh  verve," writes SFGate. There's now a big "wine garden" patio and atrium, lawn games, classic movie nights with free popcorn, concerts in the barrel room and acoustic movie weekends for "Sip, Sample & Be Social." Folktale Winery & Vineyards is at 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, (831) 293-7500.

Design class at Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White Monterey benefits MCBC

Get Inspired at Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White Monterey: Join showroom manager Brian Borchert and sales manager Jack Lamon on Tuesday, Oct. 6th for the final class of 2015's "Inspiration Ideas and Expert Advice for Your Home" series, on the topic of replacing windows.

Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White Monterey's knowledgeable team will show “before & afters” as well as provide options for bringing efficiency and beautiful personality to a home.

Topics to be discussed include ‪weatherization‬ and insulation advice, measuring tips, help with rehabbing older double-hung windows and advice on prioritizing projects. Local wines, small bites, a tour of Marvin Design Gallery and a chance to meet the team will  be featured.

A $10 donation to attend will be given to Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White Monterey's charity partner, the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC), for support of the Sustainable Building & Design Competitive Cluster.

The event takes place 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 1096 Canyon Del Rey Blvd., Seaside. RSVPs are required, contact Jack and Brian at (831) 393-9420 or e-mail the showroom.

For those who attend one of the "Inspiration Ideas and Expert Advice For Your Home" Series and decide to purchase a window replacement or new construction job from Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt & White, a percentage of their order, up to $500, will benefit the charity from the class attended.

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