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CalCompetes tax credit and grant applications now open

Deadline to submit applications is Jan. 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Councilman Tim Burns asked that the contracts be brought to the special council meeting for review. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister council to renegotiate, terminate contracts

The city will move to end its agreement with the Economic Development Corporation and revise three fire service contracts.

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Tourism efforts are key to economic vitality in county

District 2 Supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that enhanced tourism efforts should be at the forefront of economic development in San Benito County.

Illustrative site plan from public filing of initiative.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Project is the potential job-producer we need

District 2 Supervisor candidate Wayne Norton writes that the county has an opportunity to counter pandemic's economic impacts. (Illustrative of Strada Verde site plan taken from public filing of initiative.)

Pinnacles National Park. File photo.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: It’s time to rename all of 25 as Pinnacles National Park Highway

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki writes that San Benito County should rename all of Highway 25 as Pinnacles National Park Highway, and proposes the county start branding itself as "Home of Pinnacles National Park."

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Community Opinions

COLUMN: Highway 25 expansion is key for future progress

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki stresses the importance of getting Highway 25 expanded sooner than later in order to improve residents' quality of life and the county's economic prospects.

Participants in the 2019 Startup Weekend Monterey Bay. Photo provided by Mary Jo Zenk.

Business / Economy

Startup Weekend calls for local entrepreneurs

Three-day contest will have business coaches, 3D printers and networking opportunities for contestants from around the Central Coast.

San Benito County representatives scattered throughout the room for MBEP's State of the Region event. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

Local agencies attend State of the Region conference

Elected officials and staff learn about housing, health care and development in opportunity zones.

Kollin Kosmicki for District 2 Supervisor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Path to economic prosperity in San Benito County

District 2 supervisor candidate Kollin Kosmicki offers ideas, such as reduced impact fees for job creators, to improve economic development efforts in San Benito County.

Map of potential commercial and industrial node sites in San Benito County as per the 2035 General Plan. Photo provided by San Benito County Business Council.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Business Council supports consideration of Highway 101 commercial nodes

Following the new zoning designation, the Business Council further encourages in-depth review of the opportunities at each node based on individual unique merits and impacts.

Elias Barocio Jr. and his wife Araceli Barocio. Photo provided.


Hollister nonprofit leader chosen for national fellowship program

Elias Barocio Jr. currently serves as Migrant Housing Manager at the County of San Benito-Hollister Migrant Center.

Economic Development Corporation Chairman Eric Johnson gave a presentation of a five-year plan to the San Benito County Board of Supervisors at the March 5 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

San Benito County invests in economic development

Supervisors allocate $67,000 to four organizations and plan further discussions in budget hearings.

2018 winner Michelle Doty talks about her company, That Garlic Stuff, to a woman attending the ninth annual Startup Challenge Monterey Bay in Salinas last year. Doty won the Main Street division and a prize of $10,000. File photo by Tom Leyde.

Business / Economy

Startup Challenge Monterey Bay seeking applicants

Social Venture Division is a new category for competition and will appeal to nonprofit organizations.

MBEP event was packed all day. Panels talked on several topics and then groups broke up into smaller sessions for discussions. Photo by Leslie David.

Business / Economy

Panel forecasts 15.5 percent regional growth in 20 years

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership says ‘urban suburbia’ describes the future of San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties.

Sixteen local businesses are joining forces for Small Business Saturday. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Business / Economy

Small Business Saturday comes to downtown Hollister

Sixteen merchants participating this year.