January 26, 2021 | Economic Vitality Corporation hosting broadband summit for SLO County

The Economic Vitality Corporation, in partnership with the Pacific Coast Broadband Consortium (PCBC), is hosting a SLO County Broadband Summit, free to all registrants on Thursday, Feb. 18, and Thursday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. both mornings. Featured speakers include Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Sunne McPeak, President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund.



January 8, 2021 | You are invited to  attend the SLO County Broadband Summit

The EVC and the Summit Planning Committee are proud to offer these FREE WEBINARS


FEBRUARY 18 | 10am-11:30am - Connection and the Digital Divide

Featured speakers:

Karen Ross - Secretary of California Department of Food & Agriculture

Mike Santorelli - Director at Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute, New York Law School

Steve Blum - President of Teulls Venture Associates


FEBRUARY 25  | 10am-11:30am - The Middle Mile & Final Mile and Economic Development

Featured Speakers:

Sunne McPeak - President & CEO of California Emerging Technology Fund

Barbara Hayes - Chief Economic Development Officer of the RCRC




January 7, 2021 | EVC Launches Supply Drive to Help Struggling Child Care iIndustry in SLO County

The main goal of the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) is to support and grow San Luis Obispo's business community however possible, which includes supporting the local workforce. And that isn't possible without local child care providers, according to EVC Director of Business Strategy Jill LeMieux.

"You can't talk about making businesses stronger without having the child care conversation," LeMieux told New Times.



January 2, 2021 | SLO County Boutique sees Boost in Business Thanks to Social Media

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - Local businesses have been scrambling to stay afloat during the shutdowns and restrictions brought on by the pandemic.

"There isn't a tutorial out there -- like 'this is how you transition your business in a pandemic.'"

This emergency has pushed many business owners into new fields, forcing them to become experts in online marketing at an unbelievable pace.



December 10, 2020 | Mayor Moreno Spotlights Atascadero at State Of the North County

The Atascadero and Paso Robles Chambers of Commerce teamed up Thursday morning for the fifth annual State of North County event.

The Chamber event featured speakers from the Economic Vitality Corporation, Dan Baum, Shutterfly’s founder, and community updates from Atascadero Mayor Heather Moreno and Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin. 



December 8, 2020 | Launch of Digital Marketing Course

As 2020 comes to a close, we are excited to share good news about our collaboration with SLO Partners on a Digital Marketing course to support the success of Central Coast Businesses through and beyond COVID-19.

Thanks to funding from our EDA grant, the EVC has been able to team with SLO Partners to bring a 10-week comprehensive course taught by industry experts via live/online mentor-led classes to our local employers to help upskill local employees and aid in recovery.

  • See course overview HERE
  • Visit SLO Partners website to learn more or register
  • The program was featured in The Tribune READ HERE



November 23, 2020 | Three California Public Private Partnerships Take Top Honors In 2020 PIE Contest

Three California public-private partnerships have won the 2020 Partnerships for Industry and Education (PIE) awards and will be honored at the California Economic Summit next month.

Now in its fourth year, the PIE contest was founded to identify and honor innovative employer-education partnerships that are successfully preparing workers to meet the needs of the California economy.

“There are many innovative programs between employers and educators that are preparing the skilled workers our economy needs,” said Micah Weinberg, CA FWD CEO. “The PIE contest honors and highlight these programs.”

Third place went SLO Partners Apprenticeship in San Luis Obispo. SLO Partners identified a need for both the creation of more head of household jobs in the area and local employers that were having a hard time finding people ready to work. The mantra of “screen for attitude, train for aptitude” helped SLO Partners, local schools and the Economic Vitality Corporation carry out initiatives to develop talent pipelines in computer support, cybersecurity, and advanced manufacturing. The regional consortium of business, industry, education, and community leaders also has developed a “women-in-tech” scholarship which has helped increase female enrollment.



November 20, 2020 | Business applications are up nationally, SLO entrepreneurs jump on board

Despite the pandemic, applications for new businesses are up in the U.S. and San Luis Obispo County entrepreneurs have also been getting creative.

There has been a 77.4% increase in the number of people applying for business applications in Quarter 3, according to the US Census.

Interim Executive Director of the Economic Vitality Corporation of SLO County Maria Kelly says that she finds people are taking the opportunity to start something new.

"The market is changing, we are seeing new businesses evolving, and we all know that recovery is going to look very different and I think people are seizing on that opportunity," she says.




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!