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July 28, 2014

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We are an alliance of business executives and professionals providing collaborative leadership to help people from business, government, education, and the community work together on countywide issues reflecting our organization's strong commitment to the environment, economic vitality, and quality of life.

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Competitive Clusters is a public/private partnership between the County of Monterey and Monterey County Business Council and is designed to implement economic development action initiatives as well as to provide an economic vision and strategy to guide future economic development efforts.

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The Monterey County Business Portal is a public/private partnership that was launched as an initiative of the Competitive Clusters (C2) project in order to improve communications efficiency and accessibility of information for economic development within this geographically large county; consolidate and upgrade existing static, non-database, business-related Web resources; foster entrepreneurship for job creation and economic diversification within the region; provide access to expert advice and deep knowledge in relevant industries via a trusted support network and knowledge base; and improve the overall image of Monterey County as a business and technology-friendly community.

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Overnight Hightway 1 PG&E permit project in Monterey begins Sunday

An overnight project under permit to PG & E to hydrotest a gas pipeline along Hwy. 1 from Fremont/Camino El Estero to the Ocean Avenue/Hwy. 1 intersection in Monterey will begin on Sunday, July 20 at 8 pm, Caltrans officials have announced. Roadwork consists of partial lane closures from 8 pm to 5 am for six nights, Sunday through Friday with no overnight Saturday work. There may be possible slow movement at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Highway 1. Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 10 minutes. Work is expected to be completed in early September.

The purpose of this work is to ensure pipeline safety. The contractor for this permit project is PG&E of San Ramon. Caltrans reminds motorists to move over or slow down when driving through highway work zones. For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-877-448-6771 or can visit our website at:

Pictures from the Monterey Bay Region Critical Conversation have been posted

Future Audience Network Meeting Join the Arts Council of Monterey County for the Future Audience Network Meeting at the Carmel Art Association (Dolores, between 5th & 6th, Carmel)on Wednesday, July 16, from 8:30am - 10:00am Their presenter will be Ken Peterson, Communications Director at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The topic will be "The Art of the Tweet! Harnessing Twitter to Attract and Engage Your Audience". Can you manage more than one Twitter account? How do you maximize impact? What is a tweetdeck?! Ken Peterson is the communications director for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He is responsible for sharing the aquarium's visitation and mission-related stories through traditional and social media. He marks his 25th anniversary at the aquarium this year. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 15 years in Monterey, San Jose and Istanbul. **Still free! Please RSVP to Klara at or 622-9060 ext. 103

Arts Coalition Group in Salinas There is a group of residents in the City of Salinas that is brainstorming ideas on how to create an arts coalition group. The idea is to connect the Salinas art organizations, individuals, and other groups to give them a voice, and to share opportunities. If you would like to be involved or would like to have more information please contact Berniz House at

Informal Town Hall meeting July 12th, 2014 Senator Bill Monning invites you to an informational town hall meeting providing a state and federal update on the status for the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery along with his guest, Congressman Sam Farr. Saturday, July 12th 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. At the Monterey Institute of International Studies Morse B-104 426 Van Buren Street Monterey, CA 93940 If you have questions, or to RSVP, contact Senator Monning's Monterey Office at (831) 657-6315 For more information about the topics at hand, click here

Streamlining Global Trade Join a group of established global supply chain experts and new logistic technology innovators at the Pillsbury Law facility on July 17th in Palo Alto, Ca. for a special conference on how small businesses, logistic service providers and larger enterprises with global supply chains can utilize these new and emerging online logistic solutions for effective and competitive global trade. Click here for more information.

Calling all Coders!
The State Department and the Aquarium need your talents for a project supporting ocean wildlife and healthy oceans. It all takes place during a #Fishackathon in Monterey, beginning under the full moon on Friday, June 13.
We’ll feed you and put you up at the Aquarium for two days while you #CodeForFish – with our living exhibits as your inspiration. It’s a chance to use your skills to tackle two big fisheries challenges that need solutions if we want our oceans – and ocean wildlife – to stay healthy for future generations.
National event, with prizes The hackathon in Monterey is one of five simultaneous events taking place across the country during the first-ever #Fishackathon.
Prizes for the cleanest code and best solutions include cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000, a trip to the Philippines, and a Monterey vacation getaway.
Click here for more information.

Board of Supervisors proclaim Monterey County as a Purple Heart County On April 22, 2014, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors formally proclaimed Monterey County as a Purple Heart County honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s men and women in uniform wounded or killed by the enemy while serving to protect the freedom enjoyed by all Americans and that Monterey County officially designates our County in remembering and recognition of veterans who are recipients of the Purple Heart Medal. Click here for more information.

Chinese VCs in Silicon Valley A group of Chinese VCs are coming to Silicon Valley to meet innovative startups for possible investment. You can see all the details and registration here

New Citizen Alert will require all previously registered participants to re-register. Monterey County and all Cities within the county have implemented an emergency notification system that will be used to contact County and City residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency. To register you will need to create a minimum eight character password. This will enable you to update your contact information whenever it changes. Click here for information on reregistering.

Agency that helps people secure government contracts gets renewal. The Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center in Seaside helped businesses get more than $9.4 million in government contracts in its first year.

The free service will keep at it until at least August 2014, following its recent grant award from the Defense Logistics Agency.

"It's a feather in our cap," said PTAC program manager Brooks Merritt of the renewal. "... It's DLA's recognition that we are a viable asset." Click here for the full article.

Monterey Bay Central Labor Council’s position on Measure K & M - Cesar Lara, Executive Director - PRESS RELEASE FROM MONTEREY BAY LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO. Last week in The Monterey County Herald, a Guest Commentary Section written by Luana Conley, was titled "Check the facts on K and M."

Ms. Conley wrote "The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council voted unanimously not to support Measure K, calling its jobs projection an empty promise."

In yesterday’s letter to the editor in the The Salinas Californian, by Lisa Deas wrote that “The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council voted no on Measure /Monterey Downs”. Neither fact is correct.

Click here for the press release.

PG&E to offer targeted electric rate reductions to promote economic development. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will soon begin offering a competitive new electric rate aimed at promoting economic development by making it possible for eligible employers to keep, expand or launch new operations in California rather than leave the state. Click here to learn more.

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Third Thursdays every month
11:45 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.
Bayonet & Black Horse
1 McClure Way
Seaside, CA

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