CSU Monterey Bay was honored for its contribution to the economic vitality, growth and preservation of the area at the Feb. 4 anniversary gala of the Monterey County Business Council.

The university, one of six organizations to be honored in key industry clusters, was recognized for education and research.

The university leads the transformation of Fort Ord. The economy has delayed several projects on the former Army base, but the university has continued to move ahead – in enrollment, employment, facilities and housing.

With a payroll of nearly 900, the university is one of the county’s 20 largest employers and a key player in its vital economic sector of higher education. Its annual financial impact of $270 million sustains an additional 1,400 jobs.

Joined by other recipients, Dr. Dianne Harrison shows off an MCBC Economic Vitality Award presented to CSUMB.