Fort Ord Reuse Authority

The Fort Ord Reuse Authority (FORA) is responsible for the oversight of Monterey Bay area economic recovery from the closure and reuse planning of the former Fort Ord military base. The former Fort Ord was/is located on the California coastline near the Monterey Peninsula consisting of 45 square miles/28,000 acres.

FORA implements this legislatively mandated mission by overseeing replacement land use; assuring compliance with adopted measures; removing physical barriers to reuse; financing and constructing major components of the required infrastructure and basewide demands; and protecting identified environmental reserves. FORA exercises its planning, financing, and monitoring responsibilities under state law authority to meet these objectives in the best interest of the Northern Monterey Bay Community.

Contact:
Josh Metz
Economic Development Manager
(831)883-3672
josh@fora.org

City of Marina

Marina will grow and mature from a small town bedroom community to a small city which is diversified, vibrant and through positive relationships with regional agencies, self-sufficient. The City will develop in a way that insulates it from the negative impacts of urban sprawl to become a desirable residential and business community in a natural setting.

The City Council will provide the leadership in protecting Marina’s natural setting while developing the City in a way that provides a balance of housing, jobs and business opportunities that will result in a community characterized by a desirable quality of life, including recreation and cultural opportunities, a safe environment and an economic viability that supports a high level of municipal services and infrastructure.

Contact:
Marilyn Lidyoff
Economic Development Coordinator
(831) 884-1211
mlidyoff@cityofmarina.org

City of Salinas

Salinas, California, is a global AgTech hub located in the backyard of internationally-renowned technology epicenter, Silicon Valley. From the perspective of native son and iconic American author John Steinbeck to the pioneering problem solving that led to the invention of iceberg lettuce and bagged salad, Salinas has a global reputation as a city where agriculture, technology and innovation converge and blossom. Here, forward thinkers have created a unique “smart farming” initiative to address the 21st-century challenges facing the world’s most critical industries and issues – from precision agriculture and food safety, to energy efficiency and water conservation.

Contact:
Andy Myrick, , CEcD
Economic Development Manager
(831)758-7362
andym@ci.salinas.ca.us

City of Santa Cruz

Why We Choose Santa Cruz. A morning surf session. An easy bike ride to Companion Bakeshop. A quick stop at Verve Coffee Roasters. Working through the day at NextSpace Coworking, a local startup, a bike maker, or your own business. Wrap up the day at the latest popup at The Food Lounge or take the kids Downtown to check out Dance Week. This is a day in the life of the average Santa Cruz professional. This is Santa Cruz.

Contact:
Bonnie Lipscomb
Economic Development Director
(831) 420-5150
blipscomb@cityofsantacruz.com

Contact:
Rebecca Unitt
Business Liason
(831)420-5157
runitt@cityofsantacruz.com

City of Seaside

The City of Seaside is an ocean-side community that overlooks the beautiful Monterey Bay on the Central Coast of California, approximately 115 miles south of San Francisco.

Founded in 1887 and incorporated in 1954, this 10 square-mile city continues to grow while holding on to the rich values upon which it was established. Young families and retirees are drawn to the community, providing a healthy residential mix of people and solid sense of community.

Seaside’s convenient location gives residents and visitors an opportunity to experience all of the amenities that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer…from wine tasting to whale watching…and everything in between. Explore the breathtaking beauty and abundant sea life of the Monterey Bay

Contact:
Kurt Overmeyer
Economic Development Manager
(831)899-6839
KOvermeyer@ci.seaside.ca.us

Gilroy

Gilroy is strategically located in southern Silicon Valley, approximately 25 miles south of San Jose, California. It has excellent freeway access to the entire Bay Area, the Salinas Valley, and Central California. Gilroy is also a planned stop for the proposed High Speed Rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Over the past decade, Gilroy has been diversifying its economy to become a major retail and employment destination.

Gilroy is an affordable and family-friendly “bedroom community” for nearby Silicon Valley. 30% of our residents presently commute daily to the high-tech companies in the San Jose/San Francisco area. Gilroy has commuter train access to the entire Bay Area and offers a reverse commute for talent from northern Santa Clara County. With abundant regional Venture Capital opportunities and the most productive workforce in the nation, you really do have the innovation of Silicon Valley at your doorstep.

Contact:
Tammy Brownlow
President, Gilroy Economic Development Corporation
(408) 847-7611
president@gilroyedc.org

Monterey County

Monterey County is located on the Pacific coast of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 415,057. The county seat and largest city is Salinas. The County borders the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz County to the north, San Benito County to the East, and San Luis Obispo County to the South. Unincorporated lands on the former Fort Ord are within the jurisdiction of Monterey County.

Monterey County has a rich military history including the Presido of Monterey, Naval Post Graduate School, and former Fort Ord. The coastline, including Big Sur, State Route 1, and the 17 Mile Drive on the Monterey Peninsula, have made the county world-famous. The city of Monterey was the 1st capital of California under Spanish and Mexican rule. Regional economic drivers include tourism in the coastal regions and agriculture in the Salinas River valley.

Contact:
Nick Chiulos
Assistant CAO
(831) 755-5145
ChiulosN@co.monterey.ca.us