Founded in 1908, the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (MPCC) has served the greater Monterey community for over 108 years. In 2015, MPCC was proud to be recognized as the seventh largest chamber of commerce in the greater Silicon Valley area, spanning 12 counties, by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. MPCC is the only Monterey chamber that’s been in existence for over 100 years. It’s the original Monterey Chamber of Commerce that added “Peninsula” to its name in 1949 to provide expanded services, business advocacy and networking opportunities to businesses and organizations throughout the Monterey Peninsula.
Our Economic Vitality Committee conducted its 2015 Business Walk in November in partnership with California State University Monterey Bay’s College of Business. We learned most Monterey businesses were experiencing a good year with a 10-15 percent increase in revenues due to a stronger economy. Many attributed their success to more visitors who came after watching the PBS/BBC Big Blue Live program that featured the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Many employers plan to add jobs and invest in facility improvements to attract more business in 2016.
After years of stagnation, 2015 also marked an era of widespread revitalization and infrastructure investment throughout the Monterey Peninsula. It may not be an extreme makeover in every case, but every update is much needed: A proliferation of outdoor curbside parklets have enlivened the streetscapes of Alvarado and Calle Principal with al fresco dining options, and the once empty lot where the T.A. Work building stood before its 2007 fiery demise has been replaced by a dynamic, upscale mixed use building at 459 Alvarado Street.
The biggest project currently underway is the $60 million Monterey Conference Center renovation, which will be primarily funded by visitors through a Conference Center Facility District tax approved by hoteliers by a 90.8 percent margin. With new construction comes some inconvenience, but the project will enable the region to attract important group business essential to the ongoing health of the hospitality industry. The Conference Center is expected to reopen in spring 2017 and bring new business back to Monterey. An increment of those added tax revenues will return to the City of Monterey to help fund parks, libraries, streets and other public facilities.
The Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce connects the community on a business-to-business and business-to-consumer basis. We are the best broad-based channel to reach the business leaders of the Monterey Peninsula. We look forward to serving more businesses and nonprofits in 2017. Please feel free to call our office at 648-5350 for assistance.
MPCC President and CEO
Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
243 El Dorado St., Ste. 200
Monterey, California 93940
Main: (831) 648-5350
Fax: (831) 649-3502
Normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.
The Chamber office is closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.