County of Monterey

Economic Development Contact: Richard Vaughn
Work 168 West Alisal St. 3rd Floor Salinas CA 93901 Work Phone: (831) 755-5390 Website: County of Monterey


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Monterey County is located on the Central Coast of California just south of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 45 miles from San Jose and 106 miles from the City of San Francisco.

The rich Salinas Valley extends through the heart of the County, making Monterey the third largest agricultural county in California.
The County also offers the longest coastline of any California county and attracts more than 3 million visitors annually to destinations such as Fisherman’s Wharf, the Cannery and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In addition, the wine industry produces upwards of $238 million per year and attracts visitors to the wine trail.

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168 West Alisal St. 3rd Floor Salinas CA 93901

The companies and businesses established in the Monterey Bay Region have many resources and programs to help support their objectives and ensure that they are on the path to growth and expansion. We work in partnership with these programs to help create a climate that is conducive to business success.

Arts Council for Monterey County

The Arts Council for Monterey County provides promotional, technical and financial support to over fifty arts organizations thanks to funding from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

California Coastal Rural Development Corporation

California Coastal Rural Development Corporation (Cal Coastal) is a California chartered nonprofit public-benefit corporation servicing the financial needs of small businesses and farmers. The corporation provides direct loans and loan guarantees to businesses located on the Central Coast through their offices located in Salinas and Santa Maria.

California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Institute for Innovation and Economic Development

The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development at California State University Monterey Bay provides a venue for innovative ideas, support for commercial transfer of research and technology, and a support network and training through a partnership with Monterey County Business Council. The Institute also educates and builds the knowledge and capacity of economic development professionals and enhances the well-being of the region by facilitating the development of long-term economic development strategies.

California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Small Business Development Center

The CSUMB Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is locally hosted by California State University, Monterey Bay and regionally hosted by the University of California, Merced in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The services provided by the CSUMB SBDC include covering the basics of start-up, marketing a product or service and financing a small business. Other topic specific workshops are offered as community needs are assessed.

City of Santa Cruz: Economic Development

The Economic Development Department is charged with working to make Santa Cruz a more beautiful and more economically viable place to call home.

Monterey County Business Council Competitive Clusters Initiative (C2)

Launched in 2003, C2 is a joint effort between the Monterey County Business Council and the County of Monterey, and emphasizes collaboration with key members of the private sector to formulate strategies that support and enhance the competitiveness of Monterey County’s main industry clusters — in order to stimulate job creation and strategic infrastructure improvements, while achieving overall economic sustainability.

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau

The MCCVB supports Monterey County’s tourism and travel industry through a comprehensive range of services. For its members, including businesses in the lodging, hospitality, entertainment and recreation industry, the MCCVB provides many opportunities for advertising and marketing, whether on its website, or through its annual visitor guide, at sales events, and other organized events.

Monterey County Film Commission

The Film Commission is a non-profit organization proactively marketing Monterey County as a destination for the motion picture, television, and related industries, for the purpose of stimulating economic development, creating jobs, and providing and supporting educational opportunities in these areas.

Santa Cruz County Business Council

The Santa Cruz County Business Council (SCCBC) is a privately funded 501(c)6 non-profit organization. Founded in 1996 to provide a collective voice for countywide business owners and executives, SCCBC boasts over sixty-five engaged member organizations from Scotts Valley to Watsonville, and all points in between.

Santa Cruz County Planning Department

The goal of the Planning Department is to provide applicants and members of the public with access to an extensive level of information related to land use and development within the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz County Convention and Visitors Council

The Santa Cruz County Convention and Visitors Council is dedicated to stimulating the economy through the promotion of events and activities available in Santa Cruz County.