September 2019 | Airport News

"Our airport is one of the best performing regional airports in the nation, and has increased the number of new flights and destinations at a record pace. The recent announcement of non-stop service to Portland and San Diego by Alaska Airlines is one of the biggest in a series of great news. Our airport is extremely important to our local economy and the impacts it has on businesses, residents and visitors that need such connections to the rest of the nation and the world. Congratulations to the team at the Airport and VISIT SLOCAL for continuing to deliver such great news."

Michael Manchak
Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC)
of San Luis Obispo County

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June 2019 | Partner Announcement


“The EVC has been an active partner of the CALIFORNIA STEWARDSHIP NETWORK (CSN) for nearly a decade, and we are excited about this announcement about the merger of the CSN with CALIFORNIA FORWARD. This merger creates one powerful voice for statewide advocacy on policies and best practices in economic development that will create positive impacts on both the local level and to California -- the fifth largest economy in the world.”

Michael Manchak
President & CEO

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April 2019 | Partner Announcement


The EVC is honored to collaborate and share this event that will help our local businesses.Discover procurement opportunities to diversify your business, tap into resources to help make your business more competitive, and become more resilient in the area of cybersecurity. Read More


2019 Housing Summit

DATE: March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

VENUE: Grace Central Coast | 1350 Osos St. | San Luis Obispo



What will housing look like 20 years down the road?

The Housing Collaborative of the Central Coast is again convening experts to address California’s housing crisis. Keynote speaker Senator Scott Wiener will address policies on the horizon that could reform our state’s approach to housing creation and housing affordability. Following his presentation, SLO County administrative officer Wade Horton will moderate a panel discussion where experts in water and transportation will join Senator Wiener to discuss topics including:

  • Legislation on the horizon that could impact housing
  • How roads and water impact housing availability and price
  • Creative solutions to infrastructure planning and funding challenges


Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of what housing could look like 20 years down the road, challenges we may face and actionable steps we can take today to ensure that housing will be attainable into the future.What will housing in San Luis Obispo look like 20 years from now? Join us Friday, March 22 to find out with keynote speaker Senator Scott Wiener.

Registration in open now »


2018 Annual Letter

February 7, 2019

We are excited to report that this year the EVC celebrates its 25th year!
Founded in 1994, the EVC is one of the longest-running non-profit economic development firms in the west, a public and private partnership formed by local business leaders, many of whom remain sponsors of the EVC.  

Throughout the year, we will be talking about the importance of economic development in our region, the mission of our organization, and what it means for the health of our communities and resilience of our local economy.

See our 2018 ANNUAL LETTER

We could not have accomplished the last 25 years without your support. Thank you!