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Friday, Aug. 2, 2019

Edition 802

Monterey County Business Council Members Only Luncheon for August

Featuring: President, Naval Postgraduate School - VADM Ret. Ann E. Rondeau
Friday, Aug. 9,
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Bayonet and Black Horse

We are excited to welcome the new president of the Naval Postgraduate School, Retired Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau to the Monterey County Business Council as our August speaker. She brings to the assignment an unparalleled record of leadership and achievement within the military and academia in the areas of education, training, research, executive development, change management, and strategic planning. Prior to her appointment, Adm. Rondeau served as the sixth president of the College of DuPage. Her most recent military position was as the President of the National Defense University, a consortium of five colleges and nine research centers in Washington D.C.

Platinum LEED certification expected to bring economic boost to Monterey Conference Center

After flipping the switch on a new solar panel array, the city of Monterey (MCBC member) is seeking an important environmental certification that could pay off by booking more events at the Monterey Conference Center. The $287,000 project installed 330 solar panels atop the conference center with a 132-kilowatt system, able to generate 15% of the total power consumption of the conference center, said Monterey City Manager Hans Uslar. 

The conference center is in the process of receiving a certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program that awards different levels of recognition for energy efficiency, water usage, air quality and choice of building materials as well as environmental factors such as access to public transportation and responsible land use. The city has all but secured a “gold” rating for the conference center and is applying for LEED’s top certification, “platinum.”  

LEED buildings have faster lease-up rates and may qualify for a host of incentives like tax rebates. They also retain higher property values, according to the  U.S. Green Building Council.

Monterey Conference Center General Manager Doug Phillips said possessing a LEED certification is desirable in the hospitality industry and a must for some organizations. “People are very concerned now what we are doing for the environment,” Phillips said. “That, in turn, generates a lot more interest and opportunities for us. Some groups will not go to a property that is not taking these steps. We have been asked if we are LEED certified. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

Monterey County Planning Commission workshop focuses on Moss Landing's future growth issues

Can Moss Landing handle an expansion of some of the world’s preeminent marine research institutions and other business, including the proposed addition of a student and visitor housing complex and a restaurant given existing traffic, parking and water supply issues? Should the Moss Landing Business Park be allowed to pursue millions of square feet of non-coastal development to allow economic flexibility? Will Highway 1 traffic and groundwater overdraft affect any such plans?

Future development and growth constraints in the small North Monterey County village drew the focus of a Monterey County Planning Commission workshop on a long-running community plan update process on Wednesday.

In the works for more than a decade, the Moss Landing community plan update effort is aimed at renewing the current plan adopted as part of the North County land-use plan in 1982. The commission has been conducting a series of workshops to review various aspects of the plan and its policies. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

Hartnell College trustees approves three-year contract for new president/superintendent

Hartnell College trustees announced they have approved a three-year contract for the Salinas Valley community college district’s new president/superintendent that starts in September. Patricia Hsieh, a longtime president of San Diego Miramar College, will succeed Superintendent/President Willard Lewallen, who steps down after seven years.

Hsieh will begin her employment Sept. 16 with an annual salary of $271,565 — the same as Lewallen’s current salary. Hsieh was not present for the vote but thanked the board for its support, which voted 6-1 in favor of the contract. The dissenting vote came from Trustee Ray Montemayor. Read more
Source: The Salinas Californian

Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival this weekend

Tickets are available for the 52nd annual Monterey Scottish Games & Celtic Festival, to take place at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center on Aug. 3-4. Bring the whole family and celebrate Scottish culture, traditions, competitions and entertainment, including massed pipe bands, Highland and Irish dancers, athletes, clans, kids games, historic reenactors, whisky tasting, food, crafts, sheepdog herding and more. Gates open at 9 a.m. daily. Learn more

PG&E to host Wildfire Open House at Sunset Center

PG&E (MCBC member) is hosting a series of regional open houses for anyone who is interested in learning more about its Community Wildfire Safety Program. These drop-in gatherings will allow community members to learn more about wildfire safety and emergency preparedness, meet with PG&E representatives, ask questions and share feedback. Webinars will be available for those who are unable to attend an event in person.
In Monterey County, a regional open house will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday,  Aug. 8 at Sunset Center's Carpenter Hall in Carmel. Learn more

We at Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) help businesses navigate the labyrinth of the government procurement system. Visit the website to learn about upcoming workshops or sign up to become a client. Call 831-216-3000 or see us on Facebook: @MontereyBayPTAC.


 40th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Statewide Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 21-Friday, Aug. 23
Location: University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St., Stockton

Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council's efforts for economic development and education.

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