June 17, 2020 | Regions Recover Together

Join CA Fwd, our California Stewardship Network, the California Economic Summit network, and state and local leaders at the helm of California's local and regional recovery strategies to:

  • Share best practices of how regions are responding, recovering and rebuilding in real time.
  • Learn about regional strategies for sustainable and inclusive economic planning aimed at redressing inequalities.
  • Build a stronger, more equitable California together.
  • Join the 2:30pm Workforce Development breakout session moderated by EVC’s Loreli Cappel and featuring Steve Burnside of Clever Ducks.




June 10, 2020 | AngelCon 2020

Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will virtually host six brilliant tech-driven startups from the region in a pitch competition to win up to $100,000 in equity-backed funding at the third annual AngelCon 2020.

Read More Here


April 30, 2020 | The Rebound: New online resource launched for Central Coast job seekers


Job hunting is never easy and the pandemic has made it even more difficult.

However, a new online tool could be a huge help for anyone looking for work right now.

A website,, launched this week aimed at connecting San Luis Obispo County employers with job seekers.

Loreli Cappel led the project to construct the website with the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC). "We know that there are people sitting down collecting unemployment now that weren't a month or two ago so we hope that this is an opportunity for them to kind of explore and stay local," Cappel said.



April 29, 2020 | EVC Launches Online Tool to Help Companies Attract Workers

San Luis Obispo County-based Economic Vitality Corporation has launched an online platform to connect regional businesses with new workers -

The economic development nonprofit said April 29 the tool will help Central Coast companies attract and retain new employees from the area and farther out.



April 29, 2020 | Looking for Work in SLO County?

Looking for work in San Luis Obispo County? There’s a new online resource for job seekers and local employers. The nonprofit Economic Vitality Corporation of San Luis Obispo County has created a new website, called the Employer-Talent Connection Resource, to “help organizations on the Central Coast to retain and attract employees from inside and outside of San Luis Obispo County.”



April 20, 2020 | Letter from local government to the Governor

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham and a group of local mayors in San Luis Obispo County have submitted a request to Governor Newsom to consider reopening our county’s economy under a local order developed in concurrence with the county’s public health officials. The letter urges the governor to allow the county to soon begin a science-based, thoughtfully phased reopening of our economy that would allow our residents to get back to work and cut down on the risk of prolonged recession.

Read Full Letter Here


April 9, 2020 | KCBX Central Coast Voices

Join Michael Manchak / EVC & Judy Mahan / Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as they discuss how businesses can cope during the cornoavirus outbreak and answer KCBX listener questions.

Listen HERE


April 3, 2020 | EVC Update on COVID-19

Read the latest on the economy by Chris Thornberg, Ph.D., Beacon Economics, EVC updates, as well as, the latest on SBA loans and grants.

Read Full Message Here


March 20, 2020 | Keep Calm & Read On-EVC Update on COVID-19

The EVC has been busy collaborating with our economic development partners and local agencies across the county to align communication and share the best resources. Read on for a list of new resources.

Read Full Message Here


March 20, 2020 | Tribune: Coronavirus is battering SLO County businesses and workers. Here are ways to get help

Much of the financial help to businesses will come from various federal and state aid sources, according to local officials. And a variety of regional groups, organizations and representatives are available to help navigate those options.

Read Full Article Here


March 17, 2020 | EVC Update on COVID-19 Outbreak

As uncertainty remains about the COVID-19 outbreak, I want to let you know where the EVC stands on this outbreak and what we are doing. This will be a continuous communication process from the EVC to our sponsors and stakeholders.

Read Full Message Here


December 12, 2019 | Op-Ed for Pacific Coast Business Times

SLO, state economies face same hurdles by Michael Manchak  |  Read Here


November  2019 | New Study: Ag Economic Impact Study

San Luis Obispo County agriculture contributes $2.54 billion to the local economy and supports nearly 14,000 jobs, Agricultural Commissioner Martin Settevendemie announced on 11/8/19. San Luis Obispo County released a comprehensive economic analysis of one of the county's top industries. Read Full Announcement Here
Download 2019 Economic Report

October  2019 | Partner Announcement

  • Chris Thornberg | Founding Principal, Beacon Economics
    Recognized expert brings his no-holds barred perspective on the nation, the state, and the county.
  • Robert Kleinhenz | Executive Director of Research, Beacon Economics
    Leading California economist offers a thorough review of the local economy and an educated look ahead.

October  2019 | Cyber Security Prevention + Response Seminar

In today’s world, businesses run on technology. Think about the amount of data and resources that you personally manage using technology. Customer information, finances, company communication, etc. 
Imagine if that was all compromised. What would happen to your business if you were the victim of a cyber-attack?
We’ve all heard the same message: cyber security is important, and hacking is a very real danger. We see it in the news and read the occasional blog article about it. We hear about the big corporations that have data breaches and think that will never happen to us. Because it will “never happen to them”, most companies are not prepared.
No one is immune.
No company is safe from becoming a target.
SLO-EVC and CIO Solutions have partnered to create an event that will arm your business with the knowledge you need to prevent and (in the event it happens) survive a cyber attack. 

Registration in open now »


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

Read Press Release Here


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

Read More


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


March 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!