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MBEP 8th Annual State of the Region

October 14, 2022 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

This year’s Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) State of the Region will include cross-sector conversations covering a range of topics from how to drive regional economic recovery and development, affordable housing for all, reducing the digital divide, to policy and legislation impacting our region, and so much more.

We are pleased to announce that Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor of Solidarity Economics will be joining us to discuss their approach to address widening income inequality, rising economic insecurities, and growing social and racial fragmentation while also promoting innovation and economic growth. Congressman Jimmy Panetta will also be joining us to provide a federal legislative update on policies and programs impacting our region. 

This annual convening will be held in-person at CSU Monterey Bay and will be attended by business, government and educational leaders from across the tri-state region of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.

Our presentations and conversations will focus on critical issues in our region. It is sure to be exciting with great conversation and networking opportunities.

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Chris Benner

Chris Benner

Dr. Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at UC Santa Cruz. He currently directs the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change and the Institute for Social Transformation. His research examines the relationships between technological change, regional development, and the structure of economic opportunity, focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work and employment.

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Manuel Pastor

Manuel Pastor

Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). He currently directs the Equity Research Institute at USC. Pastor currently serves on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Council of Economic Advisors and on the California Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force.

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Jimmy Panetta

Jimmy Panetta

Congressman Jimmy Panetta proudly serves California’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, and parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties. During his time in Congress, he has fought for immigration reform, the continued protection of our pristine coastline and environment, affordable housing, accessible health care, our agriculture industry and its farmers and farmworkers, the reduction of gun violence, our military installations that are an integral part in our community and our country’s security, and the deserved and promised benefits to our veterans. Through policy implementation in Congress and service to constituents, he remains committed to being that bridge for the people of the Central Coast to the federal government and its resources.

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