Business / Economy

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 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

With more than a decade of community engagement, business advocacy, public relations and government affairs experience, Kristina Chavez Wyatt specializes in building and favorably positioning projects, programs, products and organizations via building coalitions of support through grassroots community engagement. She currently focuses on developing and executing strategic communications programs, building relationships, economic development strategy, business advocacy and navigating processes of government. Kristina formed Farmhouse Communications in 2011 following serving 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 affairs, land use and environmental policy, hospitality & tourism development, business advocacy, agriculture and grassroots community engagement. Kristina serves as Executive Director of the San Benito County Business Council, as a community engagement consultant in business development, energy, land use, agriculture and public policy sectors. She also serves as a Client Advisor for California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC). 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 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. Kristina has been recognized as the 2009 Salinas Jaycees Outstanding Young Citizen, the 2010 Central Coast Young Farmers and Ranchers Member of the Year and 2010 Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year. Under her leadership, Farmhouse Communications was honored by the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau as 2015 Service Business of the Year. Kristina’s work in community engagement as a member of the project team on the City of Salinas Economic Development Element was 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 and in April 2016 with an Outstanding Award in planning by the Association of Environmental Professionals. Kristina is a 5th generation Californian, raised in Gilroy. She is a graduate of Gavilan College and the 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 daughters Hailey and Molly and dog Rabbit.