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  • 10/31/2021 6:16 PM | Anonymous

    Pacific Premier Bank Grant Funds EconAlliance for North County Broadband Needs Assessments and “Last Mile Connectivity Analysis”

    Pacific Premier Bank (PPG) has funded EconAlliance with a 2021-2022 $25,000 grant to undertake new activities in its effort to enhance broadband in Northern Santa Barbara County. This grant funds EconAlliance’s undertaking an assessment of broadband needs for organizations and residents, along with identifying anchor institutions in the communities of Los Alamos, Cuyama, and Orcutt. This funding goes toward a follow-on effort being undertaken through a previous grant that was awarded to EconAlliance by PPG to study broadband needs of Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Lompoc, an effort with surveys and interviews that is currently underway.

    In addition to the needs assessment and anchor institution work, this grant provides partial funding for EconAlliance to engage and oversee telecom consultants to perform a “Last Mile Connectivity Analysis” for Northern Santa Barbara County. This portion of the grants funding will be a collaborative effort with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, with Tribal broadband funding also providing funding for the Analysis. The “Last Mile” element provides critical analysis for community decision-making, studies population clusters using GIS tools, and fits them with potential network architectures(e.g. Fiber-to-the-Home (FTFH), Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and point to point ethernet) to better understand cost and viability of last mile connectivity.

    EconAlliance identified broadband as a critical factor in Northern Santa Barbara County economic vitality in its earliest conversations with industries and economic stakeholders. The organization has been serving as an area liaison to the tri-county Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast for several years. In 2020, Broadband Advisory Group lead Chris Chirgwin of Lanspeed and EconAlliance began promoting the concept of a Northern Santa Barbara County Fiber Ring to provide middle-mile connectivity to North County, enhance access to broadband and encourage provider investment. The organization has been seeking stakeholder, policymaker and funding support for the Fiber Ring ever since.

    Additionally, EconAlliance and the Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast were tapped by the Santa Ynez Chumash to assist with the Tribe’s broadband strategy development, analyzing the potential of integrating Chumash broadband into the concept of the North County Fiber Ring in 2020. EconAlliance also is a partner with the Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast and REACH in an effort to enhance broadband across the tri-county area.

    About EconAlliance

    EconAlliance is a cross-industry, cross-organization nonprofit that builds awareness, advocacy and appreciation for Northern Santa Barbara County industries and communities. CONTACT: Vicki Conner 805-345-0688

    About Pacific Premier Bank

    Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPBI) is the parent company of Pacific Premier Bank, a California based commercial bank focused on serving small, middle-market, and corporate businesses throughout the western United States in major metropolitan markets in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and Nevada. Founded in 1983, Pacific Premier Bank has grown to become one of the largest banks headquartered in the western region of the United States, with $21 billion in total assets. Pacific Premier Bank provides banking products and services, including deposit accounts, digital banking, and treasury management services, to businesses, professionals, entrepreneurs, real estate investors, and nonprofit organizations. Pacific Premier Bank also offers a wide array of loan products, such as commercial business loans, lines of credit, SBA loans, commercial real estate loans, agribusiness loans, franchise lending, home equity lines of credit, and construction loans. Pacific Premier Bank offers commercial escrow services and facilitates 1031 Exchange transactions through its Commerce Escrow division. Pacific Premier Bank offers clients IRA custodial services through its Pacific Premier Trust division, which has over $17 billion of assets under custody and approximately 44,000 client accounts comprised of self-directed investors, financial institutions, capital syndicators, and financial advisors. Additionally, Pacific Premier Bank provides nationwide customized banking solutions to Homeowners’ Associations and Property Management companies. Pacific Premier Bank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. For additional information about

    Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. and Pacific Premier Bank, visit our website:

  • 10/31/2021 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    EconAlliance, Santa Barbara County liaison to the tri-County Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast (Consortium) charged with broadband enhancement across three counties, is conducting a community broadband survey in the communities of Santa Maria, Guadalupe and Lompoc (other communities to follow next month). We encourage you to complete the Community Broadband Needs Assessment at ONE of the links below (deadline for these three communities is November 15). Your input is valuable, as it will be analyzed with other input about broadband (high speed internet) needs and will be made available to any city, community or other entity applying for funding to enhance Northern Santa Barbara County internet connectivity.

    For questions about these surveys, please contact

    The survey for businesses & organizations is available online* in English at

    In Spanish, it is available for businesses and organizations at

    There is a separate survey for residents to complete. For the resident survey in English, see

    In Spanish, the survey for residents is available at 

    Thank you in advance for providing data for our Community Broadband Needs Assessment!

    EconAlliance thanks Pacific Premier Bank for its support of this important effort.

    *For assessment integrity, only one survey response submission (latest one submitted) will be saved from any one computer (earlier submissions will be over-ridden and lost). Any organization with distributed locations, umbrella nonprofits aligned with different entities, or households affiliated with other households, should submit only one survey per computer, encouraging subordinate or partner organizations or other organizations or households to submit responses on a different computer.

  • 09/16/2021 7:31 PM | Anonymous

    For the past few years, EconAlliance has greatly benefited from the economic development, initiative support and technical expertise of Lt. Col. Eric Larson (USAF, Ret). While we are sad to be losing him, our EconAlliance family wishes him all the best in his new position with Elbert County Government in Colorado, splitting his time between tasks for the County Manager and Economic Development Manager. 

    As COVID struck, EconAlliance leaned on Eric to help manage a robust series of informative webinars for Northern Santa Barbara County industry stakeholders. The excellent protocols he established to support webinar speakers and leverage post-webinar impact enabled the organization to provide timely and relevant workshops and important information to struggling economic stakeholders. After migration to a new web platform had lost some of our organization’s content, Eric’s rebuilding of the EconAlliance website was also appreciated.

    As a retired Air Force officer with space-related experience and a consultant with economic development experience, Eric was also an asset in EconAlliance’s launch of its Space Enterprise Initiative, recruiting a space executive for EconAlliance’s Future Forum panel and supporting the organization’s pre-COVID, STEM-related Vandenberg tours for high school students.

    Fortunately for Northern Santa Barbara County, Eric will remain active as a board member in two Guadalupe nonprofits as they complete projects he’s been involved. He will also continue to work with nonprofits for strategic planning and technology services. 

  • 09/13/2021 4:02 PM | Anonymous


    Winners of the first annual EconAlliance Cross-Industry Challenge Golf Tournament were announced August 23rd at an awards reception after a full-day of friendly cross-industry foursome competition at the Santa Maria Country Club. An event benefiting EconAlliance’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and workforce development programs, the Tournament featured nineteen foursomes across eight industries. Shred2You was the Tournament event sponsor, with Allan Hancock College, the Santa Ynez Chumash, and Southern California Gas as other key sponsors. Story continues below slideshow.


    The inaugural event featured two Tournament winning teams, with bragging rights secured by team names to be placed on the EconAlliance Cross-Industry perpetual plaque. Pacific Premier Bank (Brooks Wise, Alan Brand, Jeremy Moreno and Hank Opalinski) took Low Gross honors, with Visit Santa Ynez Valley (Shelby Sim, Michael Brugelli, Dieter Kronje, and Buddi Kazali) taking the Low Net over-all award. Each member of the winning foursomes received two bottles of local wine and four EconAlliance-etched glasses. In addition to Tournament over-all winners, EconAlliance recognized one winning team from each participating industry. Industry foursomes recognized included:

    Agriculture – Beachside Produce (John Jackson, Ryan Arensdorf, Glenn Davis)
    Development/Construction/Real Estate – Urban Planning Concepts (Laurie, Jeff, Jason Tamura, Brian Deile)
    Energy – Exxon/Plains (Steve Greig, Bryan Anderson, Chris Collier, Greg Wallis)
    Finance – The Hunstad Group (Michael Hunstad, Jeff Hood, Ryan Monie, Jeff Meyers)
    Manufacturing – Safran Cabin (Sakonh Souphantharong, Neptali Salinas, John Simko, Michael Smith)
    Retail – Fun w/Bill Brown-Duplicated Business Solutions (Bill Brown, Ty Ford, Steven Funkhouser, Jason Harris)
    Space – (Vandenberg players Julio Cano, Frank Fisher, Matt Sobczak, Anthony Vicich)
    Wine/Tourism – Chumash (Mike Stoker, Rhett Delozier, Rob Roy, Chris Wiesen)


    A 501c3 nonprofit organization, EconAlliance drives positive impact through strategic initiatives, unique partnerships and creative programs. The organization champions Northern Santa Barbara County communities and the key industry sectors that fuel these communities and inspire regional economic vitality.

    Contact: Victoria Conner

  • 09/12/2021 4:37 PM | Anonymous

    A flight test launch was conducted by Space Launch Delta 30, the Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Northern Command at North Vandenberg Space Force Base. An element of the nation’s Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, a ground-based interceptor missile, successfully launched from North Vandenberg Space Force Base at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to base officials. The Santa Maria Times reports that Col. Robert Long, Space Launch Delta 30 commander and decision authority, marked the launch a success.

    Today was another milestone in the longstanding partnership between Space Launch Delta 30 and the Missile Defense Agency,” Long said. “Once again, the combined team displayed their hallmark professionalism and ‘can-do’ attitude in making this a successful test.

  • 09/09/2021 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    California Legislature Passes Bill

    Exciting news for local businesses and nonprofits! Yesterday, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1267 - a bill that will allow breweries, wineries, and distilleries to donate proceeds from selling their products to local nonprofits. Our bill fixes a nearly century-old oversight in our state's liquor laws, and will allow Central Coast nonprofits and businesses to work together to support important local causes.

    Existing law, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, regulates the application for, and issuance and suspension of, alcoholic beverage licenses by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The act prohibits a licensee from giving a premium, gift, or free goods in connection with the sale and distribution of any alcoholic beverage, except as provided.

    This bill, as an exception to that prohibition, until January 1, 2025, would authorize a winegrower, a beer manufacturer, a distilled spirits manufacturer, a craft distiller, a brandy manufacturer, a rectifier, or a wine rectifier to donate a portion of the purchase price of an alcoholic beverage to a nonprofit charitable organization in connection with the sale or distribution of an alcohol beverage, subject to certain limitations.

    A huge thank you to California Wines, California Association of Nonprofits, and Paso Robles Wine for your support of this important bill! On to the Governor! 

  • 07/14/2020 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    April 2019 | Click to View Newsletter

    What you’ll read about:
    • Spring Forum Features Hancock College President, Seven Employer Panelists
    • Defense Supply Chain & Resource Fair April 26th
    • Summer Science Institute Crushes It at SBC Science Fair!
    • Broadband Forum Featured North County Successes, Challenges
    • EconAlliance STEM Industry Days Expands to SYV & Lompoc
    View April Newsletter


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