Announcements & Events
The winners of this year’s Startup Challenge Monterey Bay were selected on May 12, 2017 by a panel of judges at the at the Joel and Dena Gambord Business & Information Technology Building on the CSU Monterey Bay campus.
Aether, the Venture Division Winner, won the $20,000 cash prize plus $10,000 in legal and other business services. Their goal is to lower manufacturing costs and accelerate pharmaceutical development by their Organism Design Software with high-throughput, robotic automation to engineer microorganisms for pharmaceutical production.
The Lab Pros, the Main Street Division Winner, won the $10,000 cash prize. They are a new local laboratory offering services and quality control for the Central Coast wine industry.
Cruz Foam, the Student Division Winner, (UC Santa Cruz) transforms shrimp shells into surfboards to shape the future of sustainable surfboards won the $1,500 cash prize.
Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the California State University Monterey Bay Master Plan
The Board of Trustees of the California State University has issued a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) Master Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The NOP establishes a 30-day public review and scoping period from May 12, 2017 to June 12, 2017. Scoping Meetings will be held on May 23, 2017 to give the public an opportunity to receive more information on the proposed Master Plan, and to provide comments and suggestions on the scope of the pending EIR. The NOP provides information about the project, EIR process, Scoping Meetings, and how to comment on the scope of the pending EIR.Review the NOP Here
Regional urban design guidelines, developed over the course of a 2-year public engagement process and unanimously approved by the FORA Board in June 2016, were recognized by the American Planning Association (APA) with a 2017 National Achievement Award. One of twelve Achievement Awards nationwide, this award builds on a legacy of recognition for the Fort Ord reuse planning process that includes a Best Practice in Planning Award for the 2012 Reassessment Report, and a 1997 National Outstanding Planning Award for the Base Reuse Plan and Environmental Impact Report.
The RUDG public planning process involved multilingual outreach through social media, educational forums, interactive online tools, and a dynamic website to collect input about the guidelines and encourage community involvement in the planning process. More than 1,200 people participated in special topic meetings, design sessions, and open studio visits.
This award recognizes the quality work of the Monterey Bay area community, FORA Board appointed RUDG Task Force, staff and consultant team in conducting a credible and open public planning process, which serves as a best practice model for large area, complex public planning processes anywhere. Elizabeth Caraker, City of Monterey Principal Planner and RUDG Task Force Member, and Josh Metz, RUDG Project Manager, and FORA Economic Development Manager received the award during the recent APA National Planning Conference.
The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) and the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development (iiED) at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) completed a regional coworking space market feasibility report to better understand local market readiness to support investment in coworking facilities.
Results of this study suggest an unmet demand for new coworking spaces in the study area. Neighboring communities with similar demographics have a proliferation of coworking spaces, while the study area has few. Among other indicators, new community development as part of the civilian reuse of the former Fort Ord continues to gain momentum. Seventy percent of survey respondents in this study indicated a desire to use coworking facilities. These trends indicate an existing current demand and growing future demand for coworking spaces. Early market actors could take advantage of the current market and service provision imbalance.