2019 State of the Region

MBEP’s 5th Annual State of the Region on October 25th, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey will be another compelling gathering of leaders from across the region and the state with relevant topics to inspire collaboration and action. You’ll learn about innovations in housing, healthcare, workforce, and transportation, and exciting new technologies, tools, and models that are coming to our region. Our theme this year echoes the State’s “Regions Rising” initiative focused on bolstering the economies of California, and Governor Newsom’s commitment to creating policies to benefit all parts of the state.

Program

8:00 – 8:30

Registration and networking

8:00 – 8:30

Welcome – Kate Roberts, President, MBEP

9:00 – 9:15

Opportunity Zones Update – Josh Metz, Assistant Executive Officer, Fort 

Ord Reuse Authority

9:15 – 10:00

Morning Keynote – Betty Yee, Controller, State of California 

State Controller Betty T. Yee will share the latest from Sacramento, focusing on the California state budget and its implications for our region. Ms. Yee was elected in November 2014, and re-elected for a second term in 2018. As the state’s chief fiscal officer, Ms. Yee chairs the Franchise Tax Board and serves as a member of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) Boards.

10:00 – 10:45

Panel Discussion – Removing Barriers to Workforce Housing

Moderator: Matt Huerta, Housing Program Manager, MBEP

Panelists:    Megan Hunter, Community Development Director, City of  Salinas 

                    Abby Lindsay Ostovar, Water, Climate, & Environmental Governance Specialist 

                    Sibley Simon, Managing Principal, Envision Housing

Matt Huerta will facilitate a panel discussion on removing barriers to workforce housing development. He will be joined by three professionals engaged in this work. Sibley Simon will discuss progress toward implementing MBEP’s Nine Recommendations for Realistic Housing Policy Changes. He will lean on both is experience as the principal author of the white paper and his recent experience as a housing development practitioner. Megan Hunter will highlight progress in Salinas removing barriers including but not limited to deferring all impact fees to certificate of occupancy, waiving impact fees for ADUs, including flexibility to convert commercial space to residential in the Future Growth Area, and streamlining CEQA review for Adaptive Reuse of historic properties for housing in the Downtown. Abby Ostovar will will discuss the key obstacles to allocating water for higher density workforce housing on the Monterey Peninsula and realistic opportunities for near term policy change.

10:45 – 11:00

Break

11:15 – 12:00

Morning Lightning Rounds  – Mini TED-like talks that will address an issue pertinent to our region, propose a solution, and offer ways for attendees to get involved. Topics include Transportation, Education, Childcare, Forest Resiliency and more.

12:00 – 12:15

Community Impact Award Presentation

12:15 – 1:30

Lunch

1:30

Opportunity Gift Basket Drawing – Must Be Present to Win!

1:30 – 2:30

Afternoon Keynote –  Dr. Victoria Sweet, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UC San Francisco 

Dr. Sweet practiced medicine for over twenty years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco. In her book “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine” she lays out her evidence—in stories of her patients and her hospital—for some new ideas about medicine and healthcare in this country. Dr. Sweet calls her approach “Slow Medicine”, and she believes that, put into wider practice, it would be not only more satisfying and beneficial for patient and doctor, but also less expensive for everyone.

2:30 – 3:30

Afternoon Lightning Rounds  – Mini TED-like talks that will address an issue pertinent to our region, propose a solution, and offer ways for attendees to get involved. Topics include Transportation, Education, Childcare, Forest Resiliency and more.

3:30 – 3:50

Afternoon Break

3:50

Opportunity Gift Basket Drawing – Must Be Present to Win!

3:50 – 4:30

Fireside Chat with Admiral Ann Rondeau, President, Naval Postgraduate School

President Rondeau is a retired United States Navy Vice Admiral. During her tenure in the Navy, she earned four Legion of Merit awards, two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. She was the president of National Defense University and, after serving as the president of the College of DuPage, was chosen by United States Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer to be president of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2019.

4:30 – 4:45

Closing Thoughts: Bay of Life — Monterey Bay as Wellspring of Well-Being  

Frans Lanting, Photographer, Author, Speaker

Chris Eckstrom, Writer, Videographer

Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom are partners in life and work. They are longtime contributors to National Geographic and have received numerous honors for their publications. For more than three decades they have covered our living planet from the Amazon to Antarctica—all while calling Monterey Bay their home. Frans and Chris will share images and insights about the unique nature of the Monterey Bay as an ecosystem and as a place to live.

4:45 – 5:30

Adjourn to Wine and Beer Reception

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

 
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