Monterey Bay Regional Economic Development Organizations

Achieving sustainable economic development is a team sport. Here in the Monterey Bay region there are a number of active organizations working to realize sustainable economic development. Each has its particular origins and reason for being, though most have a common focus on our core strengths in agriculture, education, military, recreation, tourism and/or information technology. The following is a short list of those organizations:

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 the 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.

Monterey County Economic Development Department

The mission of the Economic Development Department is to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the County’s efforts to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs in the County. The Department includes the Office of Redevelopment and Housing, the Workforce Investment Board and the Office of Economic Development. The Department is supported by the Monterey County Economic Development Committee, formed by the Board of Supervisors.

Monterey County Economic Development Committee

The primary purpose of the Economic Development Committee is to advise the Board of Supervisors on appropriate economic development policies, programs, and activities to ensure a Countywide perspective in support of a diversified economy, higher paying jobs and an expanded revenue base for local government services, while preserving and protecting the County’s agricultural, tourism, and education economic base in collaboration with cities.

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

The Monterey Bay Economic Partnership is a nonprofit membership organization consisting of public, private and civic entities located throughout the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz. Our mission is to create a thriving region with quality jobs, excellent education, and a high quality of life for all residents, while preserving the natural beauty and healthy lifestyle we all share.

Monterey County Business Council

We are an alliance of business executives and professionals providing collaborative leadership to help people from business, government, education, and the community work together on countywide issues reflecting our organization’s strong commitment to the environment, economic vitality, and quality of life.



9th Annual Regional Economic Outlook

9th Annual Regional Economic Outlook

Join us for an exclusive virtual event featuring renowned economist Dr. Christopher Thornberg as he provides his expert analysis and insights on the current economic outlook. With over 20 years of experience in economic forecasting and consulting, Dr. Thornberg is known for his engaging and insightful presentations on the intersection of economics and public policy. During this event, he will share his perspectives on key economic indicators for the Monterey Bay region and provide his outlook for the economy in the coming months and years. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights from one of the leading economists in the country.

MBEP’s 8th Annual Regional Economic Outlook

MBEP’s 8th Annual Regional Economic Outlook | May 20th, 9am – 11am. 

This year’s Economic Outlook will feature Christopher Thornberg, founding Partner of Beacon Economics, LLC.  Widely considered to be one of the nation’s leading economists, Dr. Thornberg is an expert in revenue forecasting, regional economics, economic policy, and labor and real estate markets. Beacon Economics is a leading independent research and consulting firm dedicated to delivering accurate, insightful, and objectively-based economic analysis to public and private sector clients in California and across the United States. This event is free for MBEP members and $29 for non-members.

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CALED Refresh

CALED Annual Conference

California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED) to hold 2022 Annual Conference in the City of Long Beach on May 10-12!

CALED intends to provide an educational and safe event in the following ways:

  • Hold several outdoor sessions, tours, and discussion sessions to help you re-connect with your peers.
  • Based on weather or changes with the pandemic, we will be prepared to pivot as needed.
  • For those of you (sponsors and attendees) that have a credit with us, we will reach out to you on how to apply that to this conference. Stay tuned for more information!

For more information and registration details visit the CALED conference website.