Key Accomplishments

PTAC

  • August 1, 2015, the PTAC employed a new Program Manager, Teri Williams who has an extensive background in business development in addition to her other impressive accomplishments.
  • The Monterey PTAC currently has 152 clients within Monterey County borders. During this year, 33 contract awards were made to Monterey County clients in a total contract award amount of $12,597,740, accounting for 251 Monterey County jobs. Since the PTAC began in September of 2012, it has helped clients achieve over $174,000,000 in contract awards.
  • On May 18, 2016, the Monterey PTAC coordinated with the City of Salinas in putting on a Public Works and Purchasing Showcase“.

EVENTS See our Events Page.

  • Monthly Business Luncheons cover various topics.
  • MCBC relaunched Eggs & lssues breakfast seminar.
  • Showcase events include MCBC’s Annual Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit on October 23, 2015. The chairs for the Higher Education and Research Leadership Competitive Cluster are Hartnell College President Willard Lewallen, CSUMB President Eduardo Ochoa, and MPC President Walter Tribley.
  • On May 5th, in conjunction with SBA’s National Small Business Week, MCBC held the Celebration of Small Businesses at the Embassy Suites in Seaside. Avila Construction received the overall Small Business of the Year Award.
  • On February 6, 2016 MCBC held its 21st Anniversary Annual Gala and Economic Vitality

LANGUAGE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

  • MCBC’s promotes the County as the “Language Capital of the World” and secured the trademark registration for “Language Capital of the World”, which mark local companies and institutions of Higher Education continue to use on their materials, in presentations, and on their websites to enhance international recognition of Monterey County as “Language Capital of the World”.
  • MCBC assisted Moravia in developing business in Monterey with site selection and connecting Moravia with faculty and staff at, among others, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), DLIFLC, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and the City of Monterey in order to address workforce, educational, housing, transportation, broadband and other related business concerns.
  • The March 24th “Language Capital of the World” panel took place at MBITA’s 12th Annual Global California Conference, with representatives of MIIS, MediaLocate, Moravia and LanguageLine Solutions. The conference focused upon the trade and investment opportunities that exist between the California business community and the 21 countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation as well as on the ‘pros and cons’ of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
  • The MCBC Executive Director attended Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s quarterly fora and updated attendees on the success of the “Language Capital of the World” branding and how the same could aid efforts in attracting international visitors to the County.

WORKFORCE HOUSING ADVOCACY

  • The MCBC Executive Director also attended City of Monterey workshops on its proposed draft Housing Element to urge the City to adopt reasonable strategies for including affordable workforce housing into its Housing Element. MCBC will continue to advocate for affordable workforce housing throughout the County and region. MCBC was pleased to collaborate with the nascent One Valley organization, which is a collaborative among agricultural industry leaders, social justice organizations and affordable housing developers.
  • Director spoke in support of Tanimura & Antle’s farmworker housing project in Spreckels before both the Monterey County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
  • The MCBC President and Executive Director both spoke in support of the Pebble Beach Inclusionary Housing project before the Planning Commission and will continue to support this project as it winds its way through the appeal process before the Board of Supervisors.

CENTRAL COAST BROADBAND CONSORTIUM

  • “Sunesys Project” was the collaborative leadership of the CCBC, UCSC and the MCBC that resulted in the CPUC in approving a $10.6 million grant from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to build the network from the UCSC to Watsonville, Moss Landing, Castroville to Salinas and down through Gonzales with a current terminus in Soledad.
  • MCBC works with each jurisdiction in our tri-county region to adopt and/or endorse a Dig Once policy as part of a broadband master plan. On September 30, 2015, MCBC convened a CCBC meeting of Public Works Officials from the tri-county area to discuss best practices for implementing such policies.
  • On December 9, 2015, MCBC Executive Director requested support of a “Dig Once” resolution at the Regular Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Airport Board of Directors, which passed a Dig Once policy on April 13,
  • CCBC and MCBC were able to offer free registration to regional leaders to attend the smartGIGABIT Bay Area conference on June 27 and 28 at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • MCBC works with a regional Big Data Consortium by convening and providing administrative and logistical support to its meetings, which include members of the Monterey Bay National Security Alliance and faculty and staff from CSUMB, MIIS, NPS, Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), and the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Analysis Center (TRAC), as well as employees from Northrop Grumman.
  • MCBC assisted INDUS in obtaining the necessary financing and permitting to open a specialty food production facility in Salinas, which Altai Brands facility opened at the start of this program year with an initial payroll of 30 employees and has now has increased to 45 full-time employees.
  • MCBC assists a sustainable aquaculture company with navigating the permitting process to open a model “Blue Economy” facility in Moss Landing, which is expected to employ upwards of 80 personnel.
  • MCBC founding member Ted Balestreri, President and CEO of the Cannery Row Company, was appointed to the Travel & Tourism Advisory Board by U. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.
  • MCBC Executive Director accepted an invitation to join the AMBAG Economic Development Subgroup (ED Subgroup).
  • In October MCBC entered into a reciprocal membership agreement with the Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA).
  • MCBC collaborated with the City of Seaside and the CSUMB Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in promoting the SBDC’s free workshop on September 22, 20015 entitled Starting a Successful Business in Seaside.
  • MCBC collaborated with the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) for an Executive Leadership Roundtable on Growing Your Economy and Impacting Jobsin PG&E’s service territory.
  • The PTAC Program Manager and the MCBC President and Executive Director met with Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to discuss possible state funding sources for California’s PTAC’s.
  • On March 8, 2016, the MCBC Executive Director submitted a letter of support for GO-Biz prior to a March 15, 2016 Oversight Hearing explaining how GO-Biz is an important partner for local economic development professionals in heling us to navigate the State’s economic development resources.
  • The MCBC Executive Director used the Cal Competes Tax Credit program administered by GO-Biz to retain a regional manufacturer Fox Factory Holding Corp. (FOX) that was looking to move out of state.
  • MCBC Executive Director attended the “Central Coast Rural Community Workshop“, a regional workshop convened by the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) in San Luis Obispo.
  • MCBC Executive Director serves on Monterey County’s Climate Action Plan Focus Group.
  • The MCBC Executive Director and President met with representatives of the County Planning Department, the Monterey County Association of Realtors and members of the American Institute of Architects in order to update the StepUp2Green (SU2G) tool to help upgrade/improve commercial and residential real estate properties to achieve calculable energy and water savings while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing property
  • On December 9, 2016, the MCBC Executive Director attended the Monterey Bay Regional Climate Action Compact’s “Creating a Carbon Fund
  • MCBC worked with OpTerra Energy and the City of Salinas for the City’s new solar farm at Hitchcock The solar farm will produce about 3.7 million kilowatt hours per year and with the average home using about 10,000 hours per year this means the $23 million project could power about 376 homes per year and should save $22 million over the next 25 years.
  • On February 22, 2016, the MCBC Executive Director joined with other stakeholders in meeting with staff of the MPRPD to provide input in developing a master plan for the Palo Corona
  • On May 19, 2016, the Tourism Cluster met with city managers, county staff, and representatives of County vintners and growers at Constellation’s Winery Event Room in Gonzales to discuss unified branding of Monterey Wine
  • MCBC also collaborated with the Arts Council to hold its Future Audience Network (FAN) monthly meetings at the UC MBEST Center.
  • MCBC, as co-sponsor of the original grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, supports the Monterey Peninsula Airport District during the extension of the Small Community Air Service Development Program.
  • On March 20, 2016, MCBC President Mary Ann Leffel was honored as by the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women as one of its 2016 Outstanding Women of Monterey County.
  • Effective March 31, 2016, MCBC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce, Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Monterey County Farm Bureau, and others organizations to found “Local First”.
  • On March 29th, 2016 the MCBC President took a news crew from KION Central Coast News to visit such businesses in the City of Seaside, with interviews conducted with the owners of Mack Stove Company and DeMarco’s Pizzeria.
  • MCBC Executive Director also met with Dick Bower, Emergency Planner with the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services (OES), which resulted in the MCBC joining the Resilient Monterey County Partnership (Partnership) as the primary business liaison.
  • MCBC, its members, and KRML launched Caring Connections, a collaborative effort designed to help local non-profit agencies more effectively communicate with the audiences they need to reach by, among other things, focused and creative media messages and targeted media campaigns.
  • In October 2014, MCBC partnered with the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California for our Annual Higher Education and Research Leadership Summit.
  • In September 2014 MCBC secured trademark registration for “The Language Capital of the World.”
  • In July 2014 the MCBC Executive Director traveled to Shanghai, China, along with local elected officials and economic development professionals as part of the Central Coast Marketing Team’s travel delegation, which resulted in substantial foreign investment returning to our region.
  • Through the leadership of MCBC and the Monterey County Workforce Investment Board, Monterey County received the distinction of being a “Work Ready Community”
  • In June 2014, MCBC incorporated the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP), which grew out of prior efforts to spearhead regional economic development, marketing discussions among public, private and civic entities in the tri-county region.
  • MCBC works to ensure that citizens and businesses within our region have high quality access to the Internet through The Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC). The CCBC’s top priority 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.  Through the work of MCBC and the CCBC, a dozen communities in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties have been identified by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as high priority areas for broadband infrastructure development, and it was the identification of those areas which helped result in the CPUC approving a $10.6 million grant from the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to build the “Sunesys Project” – the deployment of a 91-mile fiber optic backbone down the Salinas Valley along the Highway 101 corridor.
  • Developed the “Grapevine Express,” in conjunction with Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST). A very successful two-month pilot has been completed with a significant increase in ridership to the wineries of Carmel Valley. “Grapevine Express” was reinstated next Memorial Day 2006 on a permanent basis.
  • Coordinated the Dr. Willard Daggett Forum and reception/dinner in November 2005.
  • Outspoken supporter of retaining our military bases during the 2005 BRAC hearings.
  • Added a fourth cluster (Building/Design) in June 2005.
  • Co-sponsored a TAMC Forum in 2005 to explain a proposed 14-year Plan.
  • Partnered with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District in their successful bond issue in 2004.
  • In 2004 originated the ‘Public/Private Economic Development Partnership Awards.
  • Partnered with Natividad Medical Center in promoting the ½ cent sales tax initiative.
  • Partnered with the OED and the OEDC in formulating an “Economic Element” for the General Plan.
  • In April, 2003, MCBC and the OED kicked-off a partnership called Competitive Clusters: C2. Three key industries with the greatest potential for growth in Monterey County were identified: Agriculture, Tourism and Education/Research. Created a Leadership Council to guide the project, consisting of Ted Balsetreri, Bill Barr, Lew Bauman, Diane Cordero de Noriega, Larry Daniels, Richard Elster, Mike Evans, David Gill, Tom Greer, Claude Hoover, Marcia McNutt, Basil Mills, Steve Packer, Leon Panetta, Mark Verbonich.
  • In 2002, the MCBC partnered with the County Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in funding a study to determine how to best collaborate on improving the economic climate of Monterey County.
  • In 1999, MCBC partnered with the ‘Tellus Project,’ to provide business input to the research, hosted breakfast informational meetings and donated $5,000 toward the project.
  • In 1999 and 2000 MCBC brought ‘Smart Growth’ to Monterey County by coordinating two forums.
  • Helped create the First Day of School program in Salinas in 1998. Program is in 72 public/private schools, serving over 55,000 students. Created a First Day of School Festival which allows scores of public/private agencies, to showcase their services.
  • In 1997 and 1998, MCBC initiated a collaborative of public/private resources and funded ‘Measure N,’ a ½ cent sales tax initiative to improve the roads and garnered a 54% voter approval, but not the two-thirds needed.
  • Funded Lexile Reading study to compare and rate the reading levels needed for entry level jobs in Monterey County with the level of reading taught in our schools, K-16.
  • Supported reforming the Workers’ Compensation laws.
  • Opposed moving the County Planning offices from Marina to Salinas.
  • Supported flight expansion at the Monterey Peninsula Airport.
  • Active member of the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Association for Local Economic Development.
  • Collaborating with Mission Trails ROP to develop Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in Monterey.
  • Video was produced to support the work of the partnership and a panel of community leaders echoed their overwhelming support.
  • Produced and distributed the semi-annual Monterey County Economic Report.
  • Formalized a partnership with the Business Education Student Transition (B.E.S.T.) to strengthen school to work initiatives (Workplace Connections).