Local Politics

Regional Legislative Summit to be hosted Friday in Gilroy

A panel of federal, state and local elected officials will speak on regional challenges and opportunities at the event on Friday, April 25 from 11:00AM to 1:30PM at the Hilton Garden Inn, Gilroy

The Gilroy Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first regional Legislative Summit next Friday, April 25  from 11:00AM to 1:30PM at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6070 Monterey Rd., Gilroy. The Summit, supported by the Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by Hollister-based Farmhouse Communications, will give community leaders, local business owners and engaged citizens an opportunity to gain further insight into the current government and business climate in the region. An impressive panel of federal, state & local elected officials will cover topics such as new projects, challenges and opportunities taking place in their respective jurisdictions, new business opportunities coming into the region and important issues that impact the sustainability and future vitality of our local economy. Event admission is $40 per person and includes a three course plated lunch and hosted local wine service. Registration is available at the Chamber office at 7471 Monterey Street, via telephone at (408) 842-6437 or online at http://www.gilroy.org/events/event.php?event_id=284. A wide range of sponsorships are also available.

The event’s scheduled slate of legislative leader panelists include 17th District US Congress Member Sam Farr, 19th District US Congress Member Zoe Lofgren, 17th District California State Senator Bill Monning, 30th District Assembly Member Luis Alejo, 1st District Santa Clara Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate and Gilroy Mayor Don Gage.

According to Gilroy Chamber President/CEO Mark Turner, “A healthy economic climate is dependent on how well government balances the needs of business and our local community. Become more familiar with your elected officials, issues and opportunities impacting your business and our quality of life by joining us and sponsoring this new Chamber event.”

Kristina Chavez Wyatt

Kristina Chavez Wyatt President/Owner, Farmhouse Communications With more than a decade of business advocacy, public relations and government affairs experience, Kristina Chavez Wyatt specializes in community relations, building coalitions of support through grassroots community engagement. At Farmhouse Communications, Kristina focuses on developing and executing strategic communications programs, building relationships and navigating processes of government. Prior to forming Farmhouse Communications, Kristina worked as a senior account executive for prominent national public affairs firm Meridian Pacific, Inc. and a central coast public relations firm Armanasco Public Relations, Inc. where she specialized in community relations, government affairs and media relations with a primary focus on PR, public and environmental policy, business advocacy, agriculture, land use and community engagement. Kristina serves as Executive Director of the San Benito County Business Council, as a community engagement consultant in the energy, land use and public policy sectors. She is active throughout the Central Coast region in Farm Day agricultural education programs, area Chambers of Commerce, Farm Bureaus of San Benito, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, Rotary Club of Hollister and the California Women for Agriculture. She was appointed by Governor Brown in July 2014 to serve as a Trustee of the 33rd Agricultural District/San Benito County Fair and serves on the San Benito County Workforce Development Board and Measure M & V Citizen's Oversight Committee of the Hollister Elementary School District. Kristina's efforts in the community have been honored with being named as the 2009 Salinas Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen, the 2010 Farm Bureau Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year and 2010 Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Farmhouse Communications has also been honored by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as 2015 Service Business of the Year. Her work in community engagement as a member of the project team on the City of Salinas Economic Development Element was also lauded in May and July 2015 by the American Planning Association Northern California and California State Chapters with awards of excellence for economic development planning. Kristina is a 5th generation Californian, raised in Gilroy, California. She is a graduate of Gavilan College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Agriculture and lives in Hollister with her husband Craig Wyatt who works as an agricultural crop production supervisor, their twin 6 year-olds Hailey and Molly and dog Rabbit.