Sonoma County in the News

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  • Published on March 8, 2019

    United Airlines launched service Friday to Denver, a route sought for nearly a decade by Sonoma County residents, tourists and business travelers desiring flights to a major international hub with convenient connections to destinations across the country and around the world.

  • Published on February 23, 2019

    Michellene Ruiz and Faith Ndegwa have their sights set on achieving greatness. They enroll in advanced classes each summer, and during the school year are involved with clubs at their school, Roseland Collegiate Prep, that emphasize leadership and good study habits.

  • Published on February 19, 2019

    Fans of chef Matt Elias’ and Laine Ayre’s The Bodega food truck will be stoked to learn they’re now heading up one of the coast’s most destination-worthy cafes — Dillon Beach Coastal Kitchen.

  • Published on February 8, 2019

    The tenth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food.  From March 1-10, 2019, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices.  There are no tickets or passes required.  For more details, visit Sonoma County Restaurant Week.

  • Published on February 1, 2019

    While Sonoma County’s unemployment levels are at a historic low, housing availability and the potential for a larger economic downturn pose challenges in the second year of the region’s recovery from the 2017 firestorm, a leading California economist told Sonoma County government, civic and business leaders Friday.

  • Published on February 1, 2019

    The Sonoma State of the County 2019 highlighted a strong economy with efforts currently underway to increase housing options for those affected by the 2017 wildfires.

  • Published on January 17, 2019

    To help better compete in the U.S. wine marketplace, the county winegrowers’ trade group on Thursday unveiled a new app that will allow users to scan the label of certain locally produced wines to learn more about the product. The app will open a video and additional text explaining how the grapes were grown and more information about the winery that produced the wine.

  • Published on January 15, 2019

    "Chef and owners Zacarias Martin and Dionicia Valdovinos are serving up authentic Mexican food with influences from Guadalajara and Michoacán," the network wrote on its site. "The food incorporates chilis and spices, like cloves, and many of their dishes make use of the use of the molcajete, the traditional Mexican mortar and pestle."

  • Published on January 13, 2019

    Money is crucial fertilizer for small businesses, but many entrepreneurs — especially women, people of color and low-income groups — lack easy access to loans. That’s particularly problematic because studies show that most job creation happens at small enterprises.

  • Published on January 10, 2019

    Passenger traffic in and out of Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS) in December 2018 totaled 32,263, up 3.3 percent from December 2017.

  • Published on January 7, 2019

    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 January 6, 2019

    "Manufacturing and technology are key to our future--they foster innovation, economic diversification and provide good jobs with benefits," said Economic Development Board (EDB) Executive Director Ben Stone.  The Sonoma County EDB is convening local manufacturers to explore the formation of a manufacturing alliance in 2019.

  • 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 24, 2018

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board received an Excellence in Economic Development Silver Award for its “#GoSoCo – All You Need Is Local” Post Wildfires Shop Local Campaign from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

  • Published on April 4, 2018

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board receives the Award of Excellence in Promotions for the post-fires “All You Need is Local – # GoSoCo” Shop Local campaign at the 38th Annual California Association of Local Economic Development Conference.

  • Published on February 23, 2018

    Sonoma County Restaurant Week, the tastiest time of the year, will be held March 2nd -11th and will feature a wide variety of restaurants and culinary options that feature local ingredients at great prices.

  • Published on December 4, 2017

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

  • Published on November 1, 2017

    The U.S. Small Business Administration opened a Business Recovery Center at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa. The office is located at 141 Stony Circle, Suite 155, Santa Rosa at The Courtyard building. The hours will be from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • Published on October 26, 2017

    Thanks to direct efforts of EDB staff,  the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s (IBank) approved a new Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Fund Program and an expanded micro loan program on October 24th, 2017, to assist businesses affected by the wildfires in Sonoma County and other state declared disaster areas.

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

  • 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 August 9, 2017

    SANTA ROSA, CA—The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) has engaged Magellan Advisors to assist the county in developing a Broadband Strategic Plan. Magellan’s senior team of consultants will work with the county, EDB and Access Sonoma Broadband (ASB) to successfully develop a plan for Sonoma County’s broadband future. 

  • Published on August 6, 2017

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) announces the launch of Strategic Sonoma, an innovative economic development planning effort in partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College, and the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board. 

    “The goal of Strategic Sonoma is to create a five year plan that identifies economic development opportunities for residents and businesses in Sonoma County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “We look forward to meeting with the community, hearing what they have to say, and developing a plan to further grow our local economy.” 

  • 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 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 8, 2017

    Sonoma County celebrates National Economic Development Week from May 8-13th. The goal of National Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life in Sonoma County.

  • 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 March 1, 2017

    Sonoma County Restaurant Week, the tastiest time of the year, will be held March 6 -12, 2017 and will feature a wide variety of restaurants and culinary options that feature local ingredients at great prices.

  • 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. 

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