Monterey Bay Opportunity Zone Investment Forum

Join the Central Coast Marketing Team member municipalities (City of Marina, City of Salinas, City of Santa Cruz, City of Seaside, Gilroy Economic Development Corporation,  Monterey County)  for informative morning focused on Opportunity Zone investment opportunities within the Monterey Bay region. This event, scheduled for 8:00am – 12:30pm Friday November 15 at CSUMB Salinas City Center, will feature keynotes from leading OZ thinkers, policy minds and economic developers, and will include presentations from each municipality about the opportunities in their respective zones. The event should appeal to investor, developers, brokers, and others interested in potential of this exciting economic development tool for realizing change in select underserved parts of our community.


7:30 AM                         Registration Opens

7:30 to 8:30 AM         Networking Breakfast

8:30 to 8:45 AM         MBOZ Kick-Off – Opening Remarks | Slides

  • Honorable Joe Gunter, Mayor, City of Salinas – Welcome to the City and the MBOZ Investment Forum
  • Josh Metz, Assistant Executive Officer, Fort Ord Reuse Authority/Vice President, Central Coast Marketing Team – Master of Ceremonies for MBOZ conference

8:45 to 9:30 AM         OZ Roundtable – Part 1 – California Perspective

Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion with our panel of experts who will share their unique perspectives concerning OZs.  We’ll hear the latest information from the Treasurer’s Office with the State of California and get an update from the founder of CALOZ, an organization dedicated to maximizing the transformative potential of California OZs. We will also learn what are the important OZ legal and process-oriented issues.  And rounding out our panel, we will hear from the investment community and how they are looking at OZ opportunities.


Part 1 Speakers

9:30 to 10:45 AM       OZ Roundtable – Part 2 – Nuts, Bolts and Equity

Part 2 of our OZ Roundtable will focus on the mechanics, legal aspects and investment perspective associated with establishing, managing and reporting requirements for a Qualified OZ. We will discuss what it takes to be successful, and what the investment community is looking for before they join fund your zone.


Part 2 Speakers

10:45 to 11:00 am      Networking Break

11:00 to 12:15 pm      Tri-County OZ Opportunity Briefing

This part of the conference will focus on the local OZ sites that offer potential investors with exciting, long term project sites, many which allow for a campus like buildout and are in excess of 50 acres. Each OZ jurisdiction will have 10 minutes to present their OZ and highlight the unique aspects and why investors should want to land at their site.



12:15 to 1:30 PM        In the Zone – Networking Lunch

Join the zone representatives, active investor, developer and community leaders during a casual informative walkaround networking lunch.

1:30 PM                      MBOZ Conference Concludes



5th Annual Salinas Valley Agtech Summit

Join us March 27-28, 2018 for the
Fifth Annual Salinas Valley Agricultural Technology Summit
Hartnell College – Main Campus, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901

The event is hosted by the Agricultural Business and Technology Institute at Hartnell College in collaboration with the Monterey Bay Chapter of the CA Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA). Guests will enjoy a wide variety of speakers and panel presentations on the topics of crop protection, the future of farming, automation, harvest technology, innovation, worker safety and regulations. There will be an expanded exhibition, demonstrations and much much more. Event admission is FREE to attendees and all proceeds from sponsorships and the exhibition will benefit the Hartnell College Agriculture Business and Technology Institute students.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Individuals requiring sign-language interpreters, real-time captioners, or other accommodations should contact Cristina Westfall at as soon as possible.

The 2018 event will be bigger and better, with an estimated 1,000 participants, over 100 exhibitors and a talented group of dynamic and thought-provoking speakers. New this year is a VIP reception the evening before at Hartnell College’s new STEM Center on the Main Campus.