Sonoma County in the News


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  • 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 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 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 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 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Published on April 8, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Windsor is touting its relative youthfulness and family-friendly reputation in a new campaign designed to attract business as well as showcase existing merchants.

  • Published on March 29, 2016

    The Press Democrat - First came the tourists. Now come more hotel rooms to accommodate them.

  • Published on March 8, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County has landed a second air carrier at its growing airport with the addition of Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air, which announced Tuesday it will begin offering service from Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport to the gambling mecca and to the Phoenix area starting in May

  • Published on March 4, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Unemployment in Sonoma County ticked up to 4.3 percent in January, driven by seasonal job cuts at local retail stores, restaurants, hotels and construction companies, the state reported Friday.

  • Published on March 1, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Bear Republic Brewing Co. will open a brewpub in Rohnert Park, becoming the latest homegrown beer company to expand in Sonoma County as cities vie for a piece of the fast-growing industry.

  • Published on February 18, 2016

    North Bay Business Journal - Small businesses in rural North Bay communities looking for financing are about to get a boost.

  • Published on January 22, 2016

    The Press Democrat -Sonoma County hotel revenues rose 75 percent in the past five years, further evidence that Wine Country tourism has made a strong rebound since the recession.

  • Published on January 22, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s unemployment rate in December remained unchanged from the previous month at 4.2 percent, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

  • Published on January 13, 2016

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s housing market in 2015 hit $3.4 billion in sales, the largest total in 10 years. And Healdsburg set a new record for median sales prices.

  • Published on December 18, 2015

    The Press Democrat - With harvest ended, Sonoma County’s jobless rate rose slightly in November, but employment off the farm continued to grow.

  • Published on December 15, 2015

    Northbay BIZ - Parched landscapes, dry creek beds and raging wildfires had North Bay residents on edge and craving rain by the time fall arrived, so reports that a strong El Niño was forming off the west coast of South America created high hopes for a wet rainy season.

  • Published on December 13, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Amelia Beemer doesn’t have a regular 9-to-5 job, but she does share an office.

  • Published on December 5, 2015

    The Press Democrat - The state’s 4-year-old drought may still be with us, but an even-longer dry spell for Sonoma County homebuilders appears to be ending.

  • Published on November 20, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Job growth in Sonoma County shattered records for the third straight month in October as local employers continued to expand their payrolls, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday.

  • Published on November 16, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County home sales picked up in October after an end-of-summer lull.

  • Published on November 8, 2015

    The Press Democrat - With part gumption and part perseverance, Jennifer Olivo has been able to get her designer-and-apparel business off the ground in a nondescript office park in Cotati.

  • Published on November 1, 2015

    The Press Democrat - In spite of all the worry about drought, homelessness and housing — and a temperamental stock market — the economy is doing just fine here on the North Coast. And the future is looking bright, at least for the next two years.

  • Published on October 29, 2015

    Argus Courier - Earlier this year, Kitsbow, a high-end mountain bike apparel company based in Petaluma, desperately needed workers to operate a specialized industrial sewing machine. The company could have outsourced the jobs to a country like China, but it wanted to keep manufacturing local.

  • Published on October 22, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s future could involve fewer surges in new home construction and more debates about rent control and living wages.

  • Published on October 18, 2015

    The Press Democrat - San Francisco’s commercial real estate market all but glows red hot these days, and some of that energy seems to be radiating out to suburban communities in the North Bay.

  • Published on October 16, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Sonoma County’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in September, its lowest level in eight years, down from a revised 4.3 percent in August as the local economy continues to show strong job growth.

  • Published on October 14, 2015

    The Press Democrat - A significant number of Sonoma County home sellers ended the summer by putting their properties on the market, contributing to the largest number of signed sales agreements in September in at least six years.

  • Published on September 18, 2015

    The Press Democrat - The return to campus by school teachers and related employees helped Sonoma County’s unemployment rate decline in August to 4.3 percent, the state Economic Development Department reported Friday.

  • Published on September 6, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Clothing shop owner Ru Scott wasn’t surprised that a new survey ranked Healdsburg as a good place to start a business.

  • Published on August 31, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Petaluma’s HenHouse Brewing Co. announced on Monday that is moving to south Santa Rosa and opening a facility that can handle up to 75,000 barrels annually, signaling continuing growth in Sonoma County’s craft beer industry.

  • Published on August 23, 2015

    The Press Democrat - Rick Risbrough lives 70 miles away in Martinez. But when he travels with his wife to San Diego, the couple typically drives up for the night to their summer home in Monte Rio and flies out the next day from Santa Rosa.

  • Published on August 21, 2015

    The Press Democrat - A surge in tourism helped to ease seasonal job losses in Sonoma County in July as the county’s unemployment rate ticked up to 4.6 percent, up slightly from 4.3 percent in June but still well below levels from a year ago, the state Economic Development Department reported Friday.

  • Published on August 7, 2015

    The Wall Street Journal - Were those tannins I was tasting in my drink? Did I detect citrus notes and a fruity finish in my next glass? I popped a palate cleanser of organic local cheddar and fig jam on toasted crostini and jotted reminders on my cheat sheet, including “very bitter” and “complex.”

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