Language Capital of the World


Monterey County is considered to be the “language capital” of the world and the Monterey County Business Council (MCBC) has trademarked all of Monterey County as “Language Capital of the World” because this region hosts some of the globe’s leading military and educational language institutions as well as a myriad of private sector companies that provide cross-cultural training, interpretation, translation, localization and globalization services.

There are over 30 different languages spoken throughout the Pacific Rim and the delivery of timely translation, interpretation services and website localization services combined with knowledge of the cultural norms of different countries is paramount for successful trade and investment with the APEC countries.

At the 12th Annual Global California Conference, MCBC Executive Director Brian Turlington moderated a panel on the “Language Capital of the World – It’s All Here in Monterey County.”

This panel featured leading public and private sector organizations that are part of the Monterey County community demonstrating the unique language-based services that are available for all to compete successfully in the Pacific Rim. Participants are as follows:

Brian Turlington – Moderator
Executive Director, Monterey County Business Council, View Bio.

Renee Jourdenais
Dean, Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education, Middlebury Institute of International Studies. View BioView Presentation

Lisa Donohoe 
Academic Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist for Custom Language Services, Middlebury Institute of International Studies.  View Bio.

Stephan Lins
CEO, Medialocate, Inc. View Bio. View Presentation

Dave Bethea
Vice President of Marketing and Sales Operations, LanguageLine Solutions. View Bio. View Presentation

Valeska van Vliet 
Site Operations Manager, Moravia IT, LLC. View Bio. View Presentation