Winter Forum

“Intentionally Growing Our Communities”

Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Networking event immediately following until 6:00 pm.

Mare Island Coal Sheds
851 Waterfront Avenue
Vallejo, CA 94592

Free Parking onsite

$85 MMANC Member
$110 Nonmember

Online Registration

Coffee, snacks
One drink ticket and light eats during the networking event (additional beverages available for purchase)

Attendees will hear from panelist that span public agencies, private developers, CalOZ, and more, to learn how Vallejo and regional partner agencies have used an intentional growth mindset to plan and finance development, implement housing solutions, and develop transportation strategies to create opportunity in our communities.


Intentional Growth

  • Kent Fortner, Co-Founder, Mare Island Brewery
  • Hakeem Brown, Founder, Life Enhancement Service, Council Member City of Vallejo
  • Afshan Hamid, Planning Manager, City of Vallejo, American Planning Association

Economic Development Incentive Packages

  • Kunal Merchant, Founder, CalOZ
  • Robert Burris, President, Solano EDC
  • Cathy Jackson-Gent, Global Investment Co. & OZI

Housing Our Future

  • Rick Holliday, CEO, Factory_OS
  • Mike Conneran, Hanson Bridgett
  • Jeb Elmore, Vice President Acquisitions, Lewis Management Corp.

Transportation Today

  • Thomas Hall, Manager, Water Emergency Transportation Authority
  • Daryl Halls, Executive Director, Solano Transportation Authority
  • Beth Kranda, Executive Director, SolTrans

Participate in one of the following tours:

  • Savage & Cooke and Mare Island Museum-
    The tasting room and two stories that house barrels are located in the historic Building 65 on the Mare Island waterfront. It dates back to 1864 when the U.S. Navy established a base on the island. The base closed in 1996.The building includes a second-story balcony that overlooks the waterfront, across from the submarine memorial, and provides a vista of the shipyard activity that encompasses the island’s heritage.

    Vallejo Navel & Historical Museum
    The Vallejo Navel and Historical Museum collects and shares with its visitors the fascinating history of the City of Vallejo and the U.S. Navy at Mare Island. The Museum presents exhibits and programs that explore and celebrate the diverse cultural traditions of the community.

  • Factory_OS and iMod Structures-
    Factory_OS is located on Mare Island, 
a place where generations of fearless Americans have faced our country’s most intractable problems and changed the course of history with dignity, innovation and grit. The iconic Building 680 is the famous Mare Island Naval Shipyard machine shop where determined Americans rebuilt the Pacific Fleet after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, Factory_OS is channeling this powerful history into a new, pressing social and political problem that impacts millions of Bay Area residents and Americans across the country: The lack of more affordable housing.

    iMod Structures:
    Along with transforming classrooms and how they are built today, iMod Structures has transformed a 100-year-old factory on Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif., that once produced the world’s most advanced submarines for the U.S. Navy.Part of the historic Mare Island Naval Ship Yard on the Western shore of San Francisco Bay, the new 100,000-square-foot home of iMod Structures has been transformed into a modern manufacturing facility now producing high performance classrooms marrying advanced technology with innovations in building design and construction. The company leased and moved into the factory in 2019.Noted as the site of the U.S. Navy’s first permanent base on the West Coast, Mare Island is now also where iMod Structures is defining the standard for healthy and sustainable 21st Century learning environments.

  • Water Emergency Transportation Authority and Lind Marine-
    The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is a regional public transit agency tasked with operating and expanding ferry service on the San Francisco Bay and with coordinating the water transit response to regional emergencies. Under the San Francisco Bay Ferry brand, WETA carries over three million passengers annually utilizing a fleet of 15 high speed passenger-only ferry vessels. San Francisco Bay Ferry currently serves the cities of Alameda, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, South San Francisco and Vallejo.WETA is committed to working with cities, communities and stakeholders to establish new ferry routes where the proposed route reduces traffic congestion in the transit corridor, is cost effective and financially viable.

    Lind Marine:
    Lind Marine, Inc. has its roots in a company called Agricultural Lime and Compost, founded nearly a century ago. The company began mining ancient oyster shells from the South Bay for use as an organic calcium carbonate additive for livestock feed and soil amendments. Over the years, Agricultural Lime and Compost underwent several expansions and name changes to become the company it is today, providing a diverse array of marine services. Oyster shell mining and milling remain a strong part of their business – processed shells are shipped to agricultural customers throughout the western United States, Canada and the Pacific Rim.

    In the 1980s, Lind Marine (then known as Jerico Products) expanded into a marine towing and barging company. They began using special expertise to barge outsized art sculptures, too large to transport on most highways, to San Francisco Bay ports. The massive sculptures were then shipped all over the world. Later, Lind Marine barges began supplying sand to the construction industry in Northern California. Today, they barge half a million tons a year into Napa and Sonoma Counties.

    Annually, Lind Marine transports in excess of a million tons of sand, aggregate and gypsum for construction and infrastructure companies in Northern California.

Close out the day where it all started networking at Mare Island Brewing Coal Shed, the first one is included in event registration.

*We will be contacting registrants as we get closer to the event to inquire as to which tour you will want to attend and your lunch preference.

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