Monterey Bay Economic Partnership to Host Second Annual Regional Economic Summit April 26

The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership announces Public-Private Partnership Award, participants of ES16 Marketplace and sponsors of the Winemakers Reception for the Second Annual Regional Economic Summit “Building Regional Excellence” on April 26

The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership announces Public-Private Partnership Award, participants of ES16 Marketplace and sponsors of the Winemakers Reception for the Second Annual Regional Economic Summit “Building Regional Excellence” on April 26, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey

The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) will host its Second Annual Regional Economic Summit on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey. This all-day event will highlight exciting and innovative collaborative efforts that are transforming the Monterey Bay regional economy.

Public-Private Partnership Award – SBC Business Council member Tanimura and Antle, a Monterey County-based industry leader in quality produce and the County of Monterey, will be this year’s recipients of MBEP’s first Public-Private Partnership Award for the innovative Spreckels Crossing farmworker housing project. Through a cooperative approach, Tanimura and Antle and the County of Monterey were able to build critically needed workforce housing. Accepting the award will be Rick Antle, president and CEO of Tanimura and Antle and Monterey County District 3 Supervisor Simon Salinas.

ES16 Marketplace – A showcase of nonprofit organizations making a positive impact in our region’s economy. Before and after the event and during each session break, we will open up the ES16

Marketplace to our guests, highlighting the following exciting projects:

Central Coast Broadband Consortium, showcasing plans for a regional high-speed fiber network

Digital NEST, training the workforce of tomorrow

• Local First, advocacy for giving preference to local companies in awarding contracts

Monterey Bay Community Power, a new green power source coming to the region

Monterey Bay Interns, a new regional website connecting students with internship opportunities

• Monterey Bay Marine Science Institutes, sharing exciting new research findings

• New Way Homes, a unique investment and development model for affordable housing

• Opportunity Fund, the nation’s leading micro-lender for small businesses

Reception with Monterey Bay Winemakers

At the close of the event, attendees can peruse the tables at the ES16 Marketplace while tasting delicious wines from each of the three counties in our region: Bargetto Winery from Santa Cruz County, Hahn Family Wines from Monterey County and Calera Wines from San Benito County. Martinelli’s will provide non-alcoholic sparkling cider. For registration and sponsorship information, please visit

About MBEP

The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is a regional nonprofit, membership organization consisting of public, private and civic entities located throughout the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz. MBEP’s mission is to create a thriving region with quality jobs, excellent education and health care, and a high quality of life for all residents while preserving the natural beauty and healthy lifestyle we all share. Further information is available at

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Event Agenda: Building Regional Excellence

April 26 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency Monterey

9 a.m.          Registration and Networking
9:30 a.m.    Welcome and Introductions
Speaker:    Kate Roberts, President, MBEP
9:45 a.m.   Building Regional Excellence  
Our region is building incredible examples of regional excellence in many sectors. We will outline our tri-county economic development strategy, highlight examples of regional excellence and examine cutting edge exemplars from other cities and counties. Speaker: Bud Colligan, Co-Chair, MBEP
10:15 a.m.    Economic Outlook: The Real Story
Widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists, Dr. Thornberg will regale us again with his insights on economic forecasting, regional economics, labor markets and economic policy.
Speaker:    Chris Thornberg, Founding Partner, Beacon Economics, LLC
11:15 a.m.   Break
11:35 a.m.   How Information Technologies Are Transforming Agriculture
Information technologies are transforming the way we grow our food, harvest and ship it,
and ensure food safety for consumers. We will explore how large and small farmers and
companies are using information technologies to enhance yields and deliver high quality
food to our families.
Moderator:   John Hartnett, CEO & Founder of SVG Partners
Panel:           Andy Mitchell, Director of Viticulture, Hahn Winery
                     Mark Bartolomeo, Vice President, Connected Solutions, Verizon
                     Soren Bjorn, EVP of Driscoll's of the Americas
12:20 p.m.   Public/Private Partnership Award (Lunch served)
Host:          Mary Ann Leffel, Board Member, MBEP
1:30 p.m.    The Next Generation of Big Data
One of the most dynamic and interesting software companies to emerge in the Monterey
Bay in the last couple years is Looker, which is transforming the way its customers
organize and get insights from data to run their companies.
Speaker:    Jen Grant, Chief Marketing Officer, Looker
2 p.m.    The Renewable Energy Economy
Our economy is moving toward lesser dependence on fossil fuels. The State of CA is
mandating that 50% of our energy come from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. First Solar
is a global leader in photovoltaic solar energy solutions and will give us a vision of the
future of the renewable energy economy.
Speaker:    Brian Kunz, VP Project Development, First Solar
2:30 p.m.    Break
2:50 p.m.    The Wellness Advantage:  1440 Multiversity
The Monterey Bay has a long history in wellness, contemplative studies, alternative
medicine, organics and active lifestyles.  A new center is coming to the region which will
provide amazing new facilities and faculty to develop individual and team potential.
Speaker:         Scott Kriens, Co-Founder, 1440 Multiversity
3:20 p.m.    The Blue Economy – How Ocean Education, Recreation and Conservation
                 Have Transformed the Monterey Bay
Julie Packard has led a movement to conserve our oceans, and along the way has
pioneered programs in research, sustainable fisheries, interactive exhibits, recreation,
and worldwide awareness of ocean issues.  We will explore how ocean education,
research and conservation have transformed the Monterey Bay and the oceans beyond.
Speakers:       Julie Packard, Executive Director and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees
                        Monterey Bay Aquarium
                        Gary Griggs, Distinguished Professor, UCSC
4 p.m.    Wrap Up and Closing Comments
4:30 p.m.    Reception with Monterey Bay Winemakers

San Benito County Business Council

Established in 2002, the Business Council is a 501 C 6 non-profit organization comprised of more than 45 businesses, municipal, non-profit and community agencies, representing more than 2,500 employees in San Benito County and throughout the Monterey Bay region. The top 4 priority goals for 2021 identified by our member survey participants are as follows:

1. Retention, expansion, job creation and growth of existing businesses
2. EDC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Implementation - New business attraction
3. Measure G Implementation, roads, transportation, decaying infrastructure
4. Building relations with elected officials and staff