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  • Sonoma County Economic Development Board
    Published on January 7, 2019
    Sonoma County Economic Development Board

    This highly anticipated annual breakfast event will highlight key opportunities, challenges, and initiatives facing Sonoma County in the coming year. 

    Register Now!  Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, until sold out.

  • Published on December 10, 2018

    The 26 projects North Bay Business Journal is recognizing this year span Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Solano and Marin counties.

    They also represent a wide range of project types, from turning an historic Petaluma mill into a hotel, to providing Ukiah seniors with a place to live, and a luxurious Santa Rosa spa for guest to decompress.

  • Published on November 29, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    Rohnert Park recently approved a $400 million project to build a hub of apartments, restaurants, offices, and a five-story hotel on a 32-acre parcel south of the Rohnert Park Expressway. 

  • Published on November 27, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    The North Bay Construction Corps, a successful program to train youth interested in a construction career, is  expanding to Marin, Napa, and Lake counties.

  • Published on October 5, 2018

    Slides from Dr. Chris Thornberg's Fall Economic Forecast 2018 Presentation are now available!

  • Published on December 4, 2017

    The County of Sonoma issued the first cannabis cultivation permit on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. 

  • Published on August 23, 2017
    The EDB produces a monthly online newsletter.  The latest edition is now available to read.

  • Published on August 22, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    Access Sonoma Broadband is developing a Sonoma County Broadband Strategic Plan and is seeking your assistance on the plan's development. Please see list of upcoming broadband workshops and focus groups.

  • Published on August 14, 2017

    One of our our newest reports on Sonoma County Women-owned Businesses was highlighted in the North Bay Business Journal. The report was done in collaboration with the North Bay Business Journal and all the area Chambers.

    Click below to read the article or to read the report, visit our Data Center

  • Published on July 22, 2017

    With the growing popularity of Levi's GranFondo and the Ironman Triathlon, Sonoma County is becoming one of the premier locations for endurance events in the United States.

  • Published on July 17, 2017

    Tim Ricard, EDB's cannabis program manager, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle about Sonoma County's new cannabis program: “We are focusing on allowing cultivators, distributors and manufacturers to become compliant with county and state regulations,” Ricard said. “An above-board industry provides better health and safety, and it really allows it to contribute positively to our local economic development.”

  • Published on July 14, 2017

    Creative Sonoma is proud to have significantly expanded our grant making portfolio this year. Over the past 2 months, we have awarded $184,000 to 28 recipients for creative projects through our Arts Education Innovation, Pop-Up Creativity, and Summer Arts Youth Program Grants.

  • Published on May 24, 2017

    The EDB is currently seeking volunteers to serve on a 20 member, limited-term Advisory Group, which will help shape a five-year economic strategy for Sonoma County. Members of this group would work with County staff and consultants to prioritize actions and identify opportunities for Sonoma County’s continued economic strength.

  • Published on May 23, 2017

    Do you have ideas for ways to infuse creativity into your community? Then apply for a Creative Arts Pop Up Grant. Deadline: May 24, 2017.

  • Published on May 2, 2017

    With the help of the EDB and Working Solutions, Mercedes Hernandez, owner of Bow N Arrow Clothing was able to secure a business loan to open her bohemian-inspired clothing store in Cotati, CA.

  • Published on April 28, 2017

    Sonoma County and the nation this year will enjoy continued economic growth, but high housing costs and a lack of available workers threaten future prosperity, an economist told civic and business leaders Friday.

  • Published on April 28, 2017

    After a long dry spell, Sonoma County builders last year created the largest number of new single-family homes in almost a decade.

  • Published on April 27, 2017

    Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square will be unveiling its new look this week. The $10.5 million project reunifies the downtown square which has been divided by auto traffic for half a century.

  • Published on April 20, 2017

    Santa Rosa has been recognized as the best microbrewing culture in the United States, according to a recent ranking by the online journal, The Pudding. 

  • Published on April 18, 2017

    Although California is a powerhouse of technology and innovation, the digital divide persists for rural communities and low-income neighborhoods. Recently introduced legislation, The Internet For All Now Act, would ensure that  California remains economically competitive and a national leader in closing the digital divide.

  • Published on March 31, 2017

    Sonoma County ranks 13th in the nation for solar-related jobs, according to a new report by The Solar Foundation. Employment in the county’s solar sector grew 44 percent from the previous year to 3,476 jobs in 2016.

  • Published on March 13, 2017

    Looking for a six-figure salary in Sonoma County? According to 2015 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in health care, law, public safety and IT make the biggest bucks.

  • Published on March 12, 2017

    The Sonoma County economy is gaining national attention for its strength in job growth and business vitality. 

  • Published on March 5, 2017

    The Santa Rosa Junior College is expanding its career and technical training programs to help local firms find qualified workers.

  • Published on February 27, 2017

    The EDB's Al Lerma discusses the importance of immigrant businesses and consumer spending in Sonoma County.

  • Published on February 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    The specialty food and beverage manufacturing sector continues to grow at a rapid clip, in terms of both profits and employment, according to a December 2016 industry report from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

  • Published on January 27, 2017

    The eighth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food. From March 6-12, 2017, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices. No tickets or passes required. For more details, visit Sonoma County Restaurant Week.

  • Published on January 25, 2017

    This year's "Discovered: Emerging Artists from Sonoma County" features the work of five local artists. The show has been co-produced by the Petaluma Arts Center and Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board. The exhibit runs from January 24, 2017 - March 18, 2017.

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is seeking a dedicated professional to serve as the next Conference & Communications Coordinator. This position is part-time (30 hours/week). For a complete job description or to apply, visit the County of Sonoma Human Resources page.

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    Sonoma Magazine - On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, Pliny the Younger is making its 14th annual debut at Russian River Brewing Company (RRBC) in Santa Rosa. Pliny the Younger is one of the most anticipated seasonal beer releases around the globe. Find out what the hype is all about!

  • Published on January 13, 2017

    At the annual State of the County event on January 12th, 2017, Jerry Nickelsburg of the UCLA Anderson Forecast assured Sonoma County leaders that the North Coast's economic outlook will be positive in 2017 due to steady growth and a jobless rate of less than 4 percent. 

  • Published on November 22, 2016

    As part of its 2016 Year of the Entrepreneur initiative, the EDB is currently sponsoring a 12-week run of Career Conversations on KSRO Radio in Sonoma County. Career Conversations is a weekly radio show spotlighting local entrepreneurs in Sonoma County and offering career advice for those considering launching a business. Tune in Friday afternoons from 12:00pm - 12:30pm October through December 2016.

  • Published on November 15, 2016

    San Francisco Chronicle - A $175 Million expansion adds a 200-room hotel to the Graton Resort & Casino, adding a sizable hotel with a number of amenities to the sprawling 342,000-square-foot Rohnert Park property. The six-story hotel in Sonoma County—adjacent to the casino that Station Casinos manages for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria—features two bars, a 10,000-square-foot spa and salon, 20,000-square-feet of meeting space and other amenities.

  • Published on November 3, 2016

    The North Bay Business Journal - Challenges and new opportunities forecast for Sonoma County's workforce as the demographics shift towards Hispanic and millennials in the decades ahead. 

  • Access Sonoma Broadband
    Published on October 17, 2016
    Access Sonoma Broadband

    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has launched an online questionnaire for the Call Completion proceeding.

  • Published on October 7, 2016

    Creative Sonoma Now Hiring: Full-Time Administrative Aide. Creative Sonoma is seeking a qualified individual to fill one Full-Time, contract position as an Administrative Aide. The position is grant-funded and has a duration of one year.

  • Published on September 30, 2016
    Fall Economic Forecast with Dr. Chris Thornberg, Beacon Economics. Our most popular speaker for 13 years!! What does he forecast for the economy based on different electoral outcomes. RSVP deadline October 3, 2016.
  • Published on September 21, 2016

    With a clean design and simple navigation, our website now makes it easier for businesses to launch and grow in Sonoma County, California. Our responsive design means that users can access the site on their desktop, tablet or smart phone.

  • Published on September 15, 2016

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved financing this week for a $20 million project that will more than double the size of the terminal and the number of parking spaces at the west end of Airport Boulevard.

  • Access Sonoma Broadband
    Published on August 25, 2016
    Access Sonoma Broadband

    On Thursday August 18th the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a grant for construction of the Race Communications Gigafy Occidental Project for fiber-to-the-home, high-speed broadband Internet to the unserved area west of the town of Occidental. The grant is funded by the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), and administered and managed by the CPUC.

  • Access Sonoma Broadband
    Published on August 3, 2016
    Access Sonoma Broadband

    Internet Connectivity and the “Digital Divide” in California Households is a summary report of the CETF 2016 survey that tracks the progress of broadband deployment and adoption throughout California. 

    CETF Annual Survey 2016

  • Access Sonoma Broadband
    Published on August 2, 2016
    Access Sonoma Broadband

    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) held their first-ever Public Participation Hearing in Ukiah on Friday July 15. The Board of Supervisors chambers was filled with government and public safety officials and residents, and we sent a strong message to the Commission that Mendocino County demands that our telecommunications networks, both legacy landline telephones and newer IP networks, be reliable and dependable. 

    North Bay North Coast Consortium Newsletter

  • Access Sonoma Broadband
    Published on July 6, 2016
    Access Sonoma Broadband

    Momentum Is Building

    The spring of 2016 was a time of high momentum for public and community representatives working to close the Digital Divide.

  • Economic Development Board
    Published on June 24, 2016
    Economic Development Board

    The Council is a new, county-wide organization designed specifically to help outdoor recreation and hospitality businesses flourish, by facilitating collaboration among these two sectors to address joint challenges and emerging opportunities together.

  • Published on May 20, 2016

    The North Bay Business Journal - Competition for workers in Sonoma County is “very tight,” as the number of jobs and what employers are paying is rising faster here than in the rest of the nation, an economist told a few hundred local business and civic leaders in Rohnert Park.

  • Economic Development Board
    Published on May 6, 2016
    Economic Development Board

    Creative Sonoma is pleased to announce the availability of $100,000 in grants for summer art youth programs, to occur during the summer of 2016. 

  • Published on April 26, 2016

    Creative Sonoma is pleased to announce the availability of 5 $2,500 grants for Sonoma County’s musicians. The grant program is the second phase of the Next Level music industry showcase and concert produced in Santa Rosa on April 15-17, 2016.

  • Economic Development Board
    Published on April 26, 2016
    Economic Development Board

    Creative Sonoma is pleased to announce the availability of 5 $2,500 grants for Sonoma County’s musicians. The grant program is the second phase of the Next Level music industry showcase and concert produced in Santa Rosa on April 15-17, 2016.

  • Published on April 17, 2016

    The Press Democrat - With new digs in downtown Santa Rosa, a large sign out front and a strong record of profit, Luther Burbank Savings is finally bringing a little attention to its success as the largest consumer bank in Sonoma County.

  • Published on April 15, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in March at 4.1 percent as manufacturing, health and public education added the most new jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

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