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2023 Fall Economic Perspective

Date: October 19, 2023

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Location: Sonoma State University


1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Cost: $60 plus Eventbrite fee.

Registration Required: Yes


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2023 Fall Economic Perspective

En español

"Cases for Economic Equity" - Dr. William M. Rodgers III

Looking through different lenses in our community we examine the critical elements for a healthy and vibrant economy. It is the culmination of diverse perspectives that create the building blocks for a stronger and more resilient community.

Joining us as our keynote speaker is Dr. William Rodgers III, VP and Director of the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Dr. Rodgers will explore the barriers and opportunities for economic equity in Sonoma County.


  • How Sonoma County fares along these lines
  • Business benefits of an equitable economy
  • Important role quality jobs play towards a thriving and resilient economy

Plus, join us in celebrating this year's Economic Prosperity Award recipients, honoring work towards increasing economic well being.

About Dr. William Rodgers III

Dr. William Rodgers III

William M. Rodgers III is vice president and director of the Institute for Economic Equity at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Before joining the Fed, Rodgers served as professor of public policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. His areas of expertise include compensation, pay equity, diversity and inclusion, labor market and general economic trends. Read More


7:00 am - Doors Open

7:30 am - Opening Remarks

  • Ethan Brown, Executive Director, Sonoma County Economic Development Board
  • Chair Chris Coursey, Sonoma County Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

7:40 am - Economic Prosperity Awards

8:00 am - Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. William Rodgers III, Director and VP, Institute for Economic Equity, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

8:40 am - Question and Answers

9:00 am - Program Conclusion

Ticket Information

Tickets coming soon. Tickets are $60 plus Eventbrite fees. Table reservations are available with the purchase of 10 tickets. Ticket sales end October 12th. Refunds available up to October 12th. Eventbrite fee is nonrefundable.


Parking passes are available for all event attendees. To claim your parking pass, drive to Lot J. There, a parking attendant will hand you a pass where you can proceed to park in Lot J. The event is located in the Student Center. Both Lot J and Student Center are marked by stars on the campus map. Click following link to access map:


Reserved seating is only available for EDB Foundation Sponsors and table orders (10 tickets). All other seating is open seating. Doors open at 7:00 am.

Interpreter Headsets:

Live Spanish interpretation is available at the event. Interpretation headsets can be checked out at Check In.


EDB Foundation Sponsors