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Friday, June 21, 2019

Edition 796

MCBC 24th Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards

Please join the Monterey County Business Council as we honor remarkable organizations for their contribution to our economic vitality. Our 24th Anniversary Gala & Annual Economic Vitality Awards will take place from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel.

2019 Honorees
Indus Holdings, Inc.
Creative & Technology: Monterey Bay Drone, Automation & Robotics Technology Team
Defense: The Center for Homeland Defense & Security / Naval Postgraduate School: Research on School Shooter Database
Health & Wellness: The Ohana Project by Montage Health
Higher Education & Research: Hartnell College: Dr. Willard Lewallen
Hospitality & Tourism: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Sustainable Building & Design: City of Monterey: Monterey Conference Center
President's Award: Scheid Vineyards


Wine pioneer Smith Family Wines ending Paraiso, Alexander-Smith labels

Smith Family Wines, a company largely responsible for the creation of the Santa Lucia Highlands wine appellation, is putting the Paraiso, Irie and Alexander-Smith labels to rest to focus exclusively on growing wine grapes. 

"The whole decision was an emotional one for the family," said President and CEO Jason Smith. "There's definitely a love for making wine and being engaged in the community and with people from all over the country coming to the tasting room." 

The company will continue growing grapes in more than 3,000 acres across Monterey County. At most, the labels were using a very small percentage of that acreage and their discontinuance opens up room for more winemakers.

Smith's father and company founder Richard Smith helped create the Santa Lucia Highlands American Viticulture Area (AVA) in the early 1990s. After moving his family from a suburb of San Jose in 1973, he began a vineyard farming business growing grapes under the Valley Farm Management name. Read more
Source: The Salinas Californian, photo courtesy of Smith Family Wines. Pictured, Smith Family Wines President/CEO Jason Smith.

Upcoming in our Supervisor Speaker Series:
District 2 Supervisor John Phillips 
The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch, 475 San Juan Grade Road, Salinas 
Wednesday, June 26

Thanks to our sponsor:

California American Water desalination project awarded $10 million state grant

The California Department of Water Resources will provide a $10 million grant to California American Water to help build the seawater desalination component of the Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project, the company’s solution to the Monterey Peninsula’s long-standing water shortage.

The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project is a $329 million project featuring a portfolio of water supply components to address the area’s water needs. It includes a seawater desalination facility relying on slant well technology, which eliminates harm to marine life in the process of drawing ocean water for treatment. Other aspects of the project include recycled water, continued conservation and aquifer storage of excess winter river flows. The company received approval for the project from the California Public Utilities Commission in September of 2018. Additional permits are required, including approval from the California Coastal Commission, anticipated later this year. Read more

Salinas City Council approves noise ordinance

A noise ordinance will go into effect next month in Salinas, where the City Council voted on Tuesday to regulate loud parties and other neighborhood noise between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. City officials said they aren't against celebrations or people having parties at their houses. Rather, it's about setting an appropriate time to respect one's neighbors. The overall goal of the ordinance, which goes into effect July 18, is to keep people comfortable in their homes. Police can issue a $250 citation if music or noise can be heard at the property line, $500 the second time and $1,000 the third time officers are summoned. If officers have to come out more than once in a 12-hour period, violators could also be billed for the response. Learn more
Source: KSBW

Palo Corona development plan environmental document open for review

An environmental document that will pave the way for the Palo Corona General Development Plan is now out for public review and comment, giving the community a chance to weigh in on the future of Palo Corona Regional Park. The Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration is open for public comment through June 28. It was prepared by the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District (MCBC member) with the assistance of Rincon Consultants. The General Development Plan will serve as a road map for conservation, stewardship and public access to manage the 4,585 acres of valuable public open space and habitat. Comments can be submitted to Monterey Regional Park District General Manager Rafael Payan by email or letter, P.O. Box 223340 Carmel, CA 93922, before 5 p.m. on June 28. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

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.
"Do You Have SKIN IN THE GAME?" - Training Series
9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, June 26
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, 199 N. 2nd Ave., Arcadia


Monterey Bay DART Symposium, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, June 21 at Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, Monterey. Join Monterey Bay DART for our first Symposium and Trade Show! Come participate in an in-depth exploration of the progressive state of the drone industry. RSVP
Rolands & Associates hosts the 21st Joint Theater Level Simulation - Global Operations (JTLS-GO) International Users Conference, Sept. 3-5 at Embassy Suites in Seaside and at Rolands & Associates offices in Del Rey Oaks. Learn more or RSVP

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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