2nd Annual State of the Region 2016 Recap: Catalyzing Community Well-Being 

MBEP hosted the second annual State of the Region conference at the Embassy Suites in Seaside on December 1, 2016. We explored and showcased these elements that contribute to our community well-being: 

  • Safe, affordable and accessible housing

  • Well-being beyond traditional health care

  • Education as the engine of well-being

  • Activating our rivers as a key part in our community well-being

  • Transportation system needed to optimize our health and community

We also unveiled a new regional tool that will help us measure our progress in building regional well-being. Please click here to explore the regional tool.


Click here to download the State of the Region 2016 Program

Livestream Video
Recordings of the program are now available on the MBEP Facebook page. Thanks to Bitframe Media for sponsoring and shooting the livestream.


Bud Colligan: Welcome Slides
Kate Roberts: Catalyzing Community Well-Being Slides, Presentation
Housing Panel Discussion: Well-Being Starts with Housing
 Slides, Presentation
Health Panel Discussion: Well-Being is more than Health Care Slides, Presentation
Workforce Development Panel: Well-Being requires a Living Wage Slides
Greg Pepping and Jeannette Tuitele-Lewis: Activating our Rivers: Where We Can Live, Work and Play Slides, Presentation
Bryan Jones: Transportation: Getting People Moving to Support Well-Being Slides, Presentation

MBEP State of the Region 2016 in the News

KSBW - Housing crisis debated in Monterey

KION - Conference considers area's overall health and well-being - Policies, programs, economics discussed

Monterey County Weekly - State of the Region promotes wellbeing in the Monterey Bay area

Latino Edge - MBEP at its 2nd Annual State Presentation of the Region 2016 demonstrated the full economic potential that exists in the Monterey Bay region

Santa Cruz Tech Beat - MBEP Announces New Regional Dashboard to Track Progress in Key Domains

Good Times - The Secret to Affordable Housing—Funding

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors:

 South Swell VenturesDignity Healt Domincan Hospital    


Gold Sponsors:

     City of Salinas

Silver Sponsors:




Media Sponsors:

Silicon Valley Business Journal

Wine Reception Sponsors:



During the morning registration, breaks and the wine reception, attendees were able to visit the Marketplace, where community organizations shared projects aligned with MBEP’s mission.  Organizations represented include:
  • Digital NEST                       
  • Monterey Bay Community Power
  • Opportunity Fund                                
  • New Way Homes  
  • Coastal Watershed Council
  • Bright Futures
  • MBEP Initiatives                                  
  • Watsonville Film Festival
  • Coder Dojo                                          
  • Applied Survey Research
  • Santa Cruz Works                             
  • Santa Cruz Warriors
  • Museum of Art and History                 
  • Big Sur Land Trust
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal         
  • Central Coast Broadband Consortium
  • Hospice SCC                                     
  • Food, What?!
  • Your Future is Our Business

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