2015 State of the Region Conference

"Thank you for putting on such an incredible event. The caliber of everything - speakers, conversation, participants … was so high. I left buzzing with ideas for how our museum can be a more effective partner in tackling the big issues facing our region. I also realized that being part of MBEP has changed my perspective on our community. I used to think of myself as a “Santa Cruz” representative on the board. I now see myself as a representative (and hopefully, a community builder) across the Monterey Bay region. Thank you for opening my eyes, my mind, and my heart to the challenges and opportunities we all share."  - Nina Simon, Executive Director, MAH

MBEP's State of the Region
The all-day event hosted key experts as speakers and panelists to explore regional approaches and solutions in the areas of affordable housing, infrastructure, workforce, environment, health and public safety. Our main goal was to answer the questions: What are the necessary elements to ensure a thriving region? How do we "connect the dots" to do a better job in addressing issues that affect all residents?

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What attendees are saying

“I am writing to tell you how inspired and fired up I am after participating at the State of the Region Conference yesterday. I learned so much, met great people and felt encouraged to talk with people about specific collaborations!”  - Consuelo Alba, Executive Director, Watsonville Film Festival

“Just wanted to say that yesterday‘s event was top notch. Great job. Very proud that we were sponsors.  - Joe Foster, Government Relations Representative, PG&E

“It was a stimulating day and I appreciated all the synergy for intentional collaboration. I also connected with some new folks.”  - Leslie Conner, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Community Health Centers

“[Yesterday’s MBEP presentation of the Monterey Bay State of the Region] was outstanding, and the crew who put it all together should be congratulated. As a relatively new organization you're off to a great start. Thank you and congratulations to all involved in this 'entrepreneurial' regional effort.”  - John Dunn, City Manager, City of Seaside

"It was a remarkably thoughtful conversation of both quality and texture. The speakers and panelists were excellent. Perhaps one measure of success of something like this is the energy one finds they have to bring the message into the world. I talked my wife’s ear off last night about the many things we discussed and learned. And today here in the agency, I am regaling anyone who will listen."  - Michael Milward, CEO, Hospice of SCC

“Congratulations on an outstanding summit and further momentum towards the transformation of our region!”   - Shyam Kamath, Dean College of Business, CSUMB 

"I left so inspired. I am ready to hit the street with a little more passion in my pocket. Thank you and MBEP for providing a fantastic event."   - Kalyne Foster, Director of Fund Development, Monarch Services

Survey comments in response to the question: "What did you enjoy most about the event?"

“High production value, great visuals, rich programming that sparked new thinking.”

“Hearing content relevant to my work and knowing that many of my community partners and collaborators were in the room as well -- shared learning."

“Panel discussions were excellent – very informative with valuable perspectives on the issues.”

“Exciting to see and meet makers of positive change gathered together.”

“Phenomenal speakers, wonderful ideas, inspiring.”

“The new colleagues and friends I met. The event was wonderful and the common mission in the room was palpable

MBEP's State of the Region Conference in the News

KSBW First state of region conference held in Santa Cruz

Good Times - Running Hard
SC Sentinel - Gavin Newsom to Monterey Bay audience: Think differently

KSBW - Members on public safety panel include some familiar faces 

MC Weekly - ?Newsom speaks to Monterey Bay economic leaders 

SC Tech Beat -? Tri-county economy depends on infrastructure, particularly fiber and conduit

KION - MBEP State of the Region; managing a skilled workforce

Silicon Valley Business Journal - Gavin Newsom at Santa Cruz regional summit: "We're living in two worlds in the same county" 

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