Announcements & Events
The following two Request for Proposals are available:
- Whitson Engineers is seeking a consultant to complete an Environmental Impact Statement /Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for the Eastside Parkway Project within the former Fort Ord to fulfill its contract with Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA). Whitson Engineers invites proposals from qualified individuals or firms to complete an EIS/EIR to analyze the possible effects Eastside Parkway may pose to the environment.
- The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) is the managing agency in a three-party planning process partnering with Marina Coast Water District (MCWD) and Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) to identify water augmentation solutions from which the FORA Board may select and MCWD may implement. FORA is requesting proposals and alternate technical considerations from qualified individuals or firms to perform a Water Augmentation alternatives study to MCWD’s secondary component of the Regional Urban Water Augmentation Project (RUWAP) and to recommend options.
The 2017 FORA Jobs Survey report summarizes and compares 2015 and 2017 Jobs Survey outcomes as success metrics for Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) economic recovery goals. Primary and secondary research were used including online business searches, email surveys, and in-person/phone communications. The survey area was limited to the former Fort Ord boundary, and reported results include existing and near-term projected full-time (FT) and part-time (PT) positions. Survey results will be incorporated in FORA’s Annual Report as directed by the Base Reuse Plan (BRP) Context and Framework (220.127.116.11 (c), pg. 208).
112 employers and 4958 positions were identified within the former Fort Ord boundary, representing a 21% (873 jobs) increase in total jobs since 2015, with a majority being part-time positions. Business types on the former Fort Ord include: professional services (47%); retail/food service (22%); education related (12%); recreation (7%); and military (7%). Military-related account for the largest employment group, followed by education-related, professional, retail and recreation. These results represent an overall 28% progress towards the 18,000 BRP post-Fort Ord jobs target.
The 2017 Jobs Survey employer database provided the underlying data for the recently released FORA Business Directory. The Business Directory provides profiles, location information, and contacts for businesses located on the former Fort Ord.Access the Jobs Survey
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.
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.