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ComCap The Podcast

Jun 20, 2017


Working With City Government with Timothy Barrett

In this episode of ComCap The Podcast, Amy Pearl sits down with Timothy Barrett, Councilmember for the City of Monterey, CA.  After attending ComCap16 last Spring here in Portland, OR, Timothy was inspired to bring 2017’s national gathering to his region. Hear all about how Timothy was able to get local support and interest in community capital, and his ongoing collaboration with the team at Hatch Innovation. Learn what community capital means for the future of economic development in the Monterey peninsula, including the review of the city’s own economic asset data during a special conference session.

It is certainly inspiring to witness citizens step up and drive the initiatives that help improve their own communities. 


Amy Pearl, Hatch Innovation


Timothy Barrett, City of Monterey

Monterey City Councilmember Timothy Barrett is known for getting diverse groups of people working together. Timothy is Council Liaison to the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Council of Business Associations, and the Cannery Row Business Association. He serves on the Board of the Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency as a member of the Oversight Board to the Successor Agency of the Monterey City Redevelopment Agency.

He’s worked with many local nonprofit organizations and participated in a broad spectrum of civic activities. His ‘roll up your sleeves’ style made him a ‘go-to’ guy for getting things done in the community. He was a founding board member of the Walk and Roll Foundation, which was established to assist those with spinal cord injuries. He was two-time chair of the Monterey Bay Chapter of CATESOL, a teachers association that focuses on ongoing training and development, and he was chair of the MPC Symposium Working Group, which initiated a regional community of action in regard to homelessness and poverty.

Timothy holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, a Master’s degree in Instructional Science and Technology and a teaching certificate but acknowledges his real education came from working with people.


In this episode you’ll learn

  • Timothy’s background and the reasons he felt motivated to help bring the ComCap17 conference to Monterey.
  • His process for getting the City of Monterey on board for the conference and harmonizing an array of diverse, regional stakeholders..
  • How to find shared language between opposing groups in today’s political climate
  • Better clarity around the functions and role of city government.
  • Why the economic trends of Monterey require a community capital strategy to retain the talent and resources that are being lured by outside cities.

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