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Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) website readies launch

By Phillip Molnar
Monterey Herald

[Editor’s notes: 1. Since the original Monterey Herald article went to press, rumor has it that the City and County mbep-logoof Santa Cruz have both joined MBEP. 2. The Monterey County Business Council give an update in their Friday Facts newsletter on 6/27/14. 3. The MBEP website is expected to launch July 7 at]

Outreach planned to get more communities on board

Monterey Bay business leaders have created a virtual Venus flytrap for companies looking to relocate — now its up to Bud Colligan to convince communities to get on board.
After more than a year of work, $85,000 spent, countless hours and focus groups, just seven cities and one county have signed on to the ambitious three-county Monterey Bay Economic Partnership.

With its launch expected July 7, Colligan, who helped launched the Macintosh personal computer and co-founded Macromedia, was prompted into action during the Monterey Bay Critical Conversation on Tuesday at the Monterey Marriott.

“I think it would be less than optimal, if we’re really going for a regional approach, to not spend the time to get the entire region involved,” he said from the audience during the presentation. “. . . I think you’ve done an excellent job . . . It’d really be an opportunity lost if we didn’t re-double our efforts.”

He then volunteered to lead the outreach efforts, an offer that was accepted.

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