Mona Miyasato


The county’s new economic development organization will hold its first annual meeting Jan. 31 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton.

“The Power of Working as One” is the topic of the meeting that’s open to the public, said a spokesman for the Economic Vitality Team of Santa Barbara County.

Team members will explain why the organization is important and what lies ahead in the meeting slated to start at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast, followed by the program at 8 a.m. featuring Mona Miyasato, chief executive officer of Santa Barbara County.

The program will also include Mike Manchak from the Economic Vitality Corp. of San Luis Obispo County and Bruce Stenslie of the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County sharing how their successful organizations work and why the EVT is important to the region.

Chief executive officers of county chambers of commerce will follow in a roundtable discussion of what is happening around the county and why the EVT is important to their communities.

Ken Oplinger, CEO of the Santa Barbara chamber, will wrap up the program with the EVT Report Card and what is on the Horizon.

Admission is $45 per person. To register for the event, visit

The Economic Vitality Team of Santa Barbara County consists of eight chambers of commerce and will focus on marketing the county as a great place for business.

EVT is a partner with the Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties’ economic development organizations in working to build a fiber internet access infrastructure in Santa Barbara County and connect the three counties in a high-speed network.

Funding partners include Santa Barbara County, Aera Energy, Deckers Brands, Union Bank, Pacific Western Bank, Plains All-American Pipeline and Southern California Gas Co.

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at


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