Community members are invited to share their opinions on BenitoLink. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


COMMUNITY OPINION: Our landfill is a vital community asset

Former County Supervisor and Business Council President Jim Gillo writes that the John Smith Road Landfill positive impacts substantially outweigh any negative impacts.

Illustrative site plan from public filing of initiative.

Business / Economy

Virtual town hall on Measure N planned for Oct. 1

Presentation on Strada Verde proposal to be followed by Q&A session.

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Business / Economy

CalSavers Retirement Savings Plan business workshop to take place Dec. 6

The plan is now open to all California employers with five employees or more that currently do not offer a qualified retirement plan.

Hollister City Hall. File Photo by John Chadwell.

Business / Economy

Hollister City Council receives preliminary job growth plan

Business committee member says current rate—1 percent—is “completely unacceptable.”

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Business Council to partner with CMTC for Regional Manufacturers Roundtable

June 7 complimentary lunch event is designed to hear from manufacturers and connect them to resources for profitable growth. The event is offered at no cost to manufacturers and will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at San Juan Oaks.

The 400 Block has remained empty and unkempt, for the most part, since buildings were destroyed in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Foundation, Chamber, HDA, Business Council aim to ‘restore’ 400 Block

In an effort to sway the public away from Hollister mayor's attempts to stop development of 400 Block, group proposes its own petition in support of development


Business / Economy

Business Council hears city growth report, concerned about “misinformation” from social media

Development services director says new retail development on the Highway 25 bypass will also include a Black Angus, Chipotle and a sporting goods store

MBEP Co-Chairman Bud Colligan joins the breakout session on Agtech led by John Hartnett, CEO of SVG Partners


Regional Economic Summit recap: Spotlight on jobs, housing is key

Annual economic summit hosted by the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership highlights improving economy, challenges to job creation: housing, workforce development, collaboration

Congressman Jimmy Panetta


Business Council to host San Benito County Water Forum

April 21 water forum to feature national, state, regional and local experts to inform farmers, businesses, leaders, staff and community on the state of local water

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Business / Economy

Survey says growth, development are ‘top of mind’ for locals

COG survey was conducted in advance of a proposed half-cent sales tax measure to fund transportation improvements

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Business / Economy

‘Bond’ was the word of the day at Business Council meeting

A number of tax initiatives have been proposed by local governmental entities for 2016, though none are finalized

Kristina Chavez Wyatt, executive director of the business council, kicked off the water forum.


Forum Explains Water Situation in San Benito County

San Benito County Water Information Forum outlines present water situation and future plans

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Business / Economy

Workshop: Doing Business with Government

Event is first in series of Business Council’s ‘ACT LOCAL’ initiative, attendees will learn about government & agency contracting and business opportunities