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Join us as we delve into key insights and perspectives on the economic landscape of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties. This year's keynote address and economic outlook will be provided by Jon Haveman, followed by a panel of our esteemed County Administrative Officers. Finally, learn about the exciting regional work being done across the Central Coast of California and Monterey Bay with a regional economic development planning update through the lens of the following programs: Uplift Central Coast, Regions Rise Together, and Monterey Bay Tech Hubs.

We look forward to seeing you on May 3rd for what promises to be an enlightening and enriching event.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

JON HAVEMAN, PH.D.
Principal, Marin Economic Consulting

Jon Haveman is widely considered to be one of California’s leading experts on the economics of seaports, goods movement, and international trade policy. He is also an expert in regional economies and local economic development. Prior to joining the Marin Consulting, Dr. Haveman was the Chief Economist at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, a founding principal at Beacon Economics, and the Director of the Economy Program at the Public Policy Institute of California. He has been a Senior Economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers and an Economist with the Federal Trade Commission, and he has held a faculty position in the Business School at Purdue University. Dr. Haveman holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Economics from The University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin. READ MORE...

COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER UPDATE

SONIA M. DE LA ROSA
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CAO, Monterey County

Sonia M. De La Rosa stepped into the CAO position in January 2023 following a long-standing career with the County of Fresno, where her hard work brought forward many improvements to services which have enhanced the lives of the residents there. She has extensive experience working with challenging issues such as homelessness, supporting victims of crime and law enforcement. The first Latina County of Monterey CAO, De La Rosa was raised in Monterey County and has maintained her roots in the community. READ MORE...

RAY ESPINOSA
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CAO, San Benito County

Bio coming soon.

CARLOS PALACIOS
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CAO, Santa Cruz County

In 2017 Carlos Palacios was named County Administrative Officer, overseeing nearly 2,500 employees and the County’s annual budget process, and is the first Latino leader in the County's 168-year history. Since that time, he has implemented the County's first Strategic Plan, two-year budgeting and continuous process improvement.  He initiated bringing the Public Defender’s Office to County government which had previously been a contract with a private law firm for over 40 years.  He established the Housing for Health Division to oversee and coordinate the County’s response to the homelessness crisis.  READ MORE...

Accomplishments

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1
Launched Monterey Bay Housing Trust

Funding 500 new affordable homes.

2
Published Housing White Paper

Resulting in 14 + new policies that are improving housing affordability

3
Published Housing + Water "Blue Paper"

To recommend water policies that are increasing housing production

4
Published ADU White Paper

Aiming to educate about new laws, and strengthen policies and practices in Monterey County.

5
Launched Action Center

Resulting in 2,029 new homes

6
Implemented Farmworker Housing Action Plan

Resulting in 2,200 + new beds

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