EconAlliance is a
non-profit cross-industry alliance that fosters awareness, advocacy, support
and appreciation for Northern Santa Barbara County industries and communities.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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!
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