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Dr. Jerry Nickelsburg is back to present an exclusive first look into Sonoma County's economic future. The continuing COVID-19 pandemic and recent wildfires have significantly changed our economic landscape, leaving much of our community and businesses vulnerable. This valuable insight will provide context and understanding as our region continues on the path of economic recovery. We will also take time to review the County's newly adopted Economic Recovery Action Plan and discuss critical needs impacting local workforce. Listen to our panel’s perspective on childcare impacts to our workforce and learn how to get involved in building up an inclusive and healthy economy.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jerry Nickelsburg

Dr-Jerry-Nickelsburg-150x200 Faculty Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast Adjunct Professor of Economics 
Nickelsburg plays a key role in the economic modeling and forecasting of the national, California and regional economic forecasts. He researches labor economics, industrial organization, statistics and international monetary economics, focusing on the development of new data and the application of economic theory and statistical methods to sector-specific policy issues. His current research encompasses transportation and environmental economics, and the relationships between highly skilled persons and their demand for social insurance. He has conducted special studies into the future of manufacturing in Los Angeles, the economic impact of the writers’ strike, the undocumented construction and manufacturing labor force, and the garment industry.

Childcare Impact Panel

Providing creative childcare care solutions is one of the 13 key strategies of the Sonoma County Economic Recovery Action Plan

Leading an insightful discussion at 2021 Economic Perspective on the impacts of childcare to our workforce was Ananda Sweet of Santa Rosa Metro Chamber and Chair for the Workforce Investment Board, Angie Dillion-Shore of First 5 Sonoma County, and Melanie Dodson of 4Cs of Sonoma County. Hear what they had to say.

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