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Special Reports


The EDB produces special reports each year on a variety of topics. These reports are usually produced in response to concerns or public need. 

COVID-19 Economic Impacts on Sonoma County

August 2021

Effects of the Pandemic on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Businesses

Stratified Insights

This report advances 3 strategic focuses: (1) the operational impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses in Sonoma County as small businesses are the backbone of local economies; (2) a lens on equity given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BIPOC-owned businesses and the economic gains that follow an equity agenda (Buckman et al., 2021); and (3) the Latinx experience given that over one-quarter of residents in Sonoma County are Latinx –a greater share than the Latinx national population – with this group starting businesses at a faster rate than all other demographic groups.

Impacts on Industries and Organizations 

Economic Forensics & Analytics

This study considers the continuing and forecasted effects of COVID-19 on specific industries and organizations. This report updates a 2020 report done by EFA on the Sonoma County economy in three ways: (1) identifies industries that remain challenged as general economic recovery continues in 2021 and beyond; (2) identifies occupations that remain challenged as general economic recovery continues in 2021 and beyond; and (3) given these challenges, provides recommendations as to where funds coming to Sonoma County from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) be placed to maximize return on investment (ROI). Study also considers Sonoma County’s black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) workers and how ARPA funding may help equity goals as recovery continues in our recommendations.

August 2020

Economic Impacts from COVID-19 on Sonoma County Economy

Economic Forecast Analytics

This study considers the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Sonoma County's economy through three scenarios from 2020 to 2023. 

Kincade and Power Shutoff Economic Impacts

In collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, this report showcases key impacts from the PG&E’s power shutoffs and Kincade Fire of 2019. The power shutoffs include four separate events: October 9-12, October 23-24, October 26-27, and November 20, 2019. The Kincade Fire began late on October 23 and was not fully contained until November 6, 2019.

Sonoma County Complex Fires Report 

Sonoma-County-Complex-Fires-Housing-and-Fiscal-Impact-Report-2018-CoverThis report evaluates the impact of the 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires on the Sonoma County economy, in relation to individual industries, housing, and local tax revenues. 

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The Sonoma County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic road map to diversify and strengthen regional economies. The  CEDS represents the combined efforts of volunteers and staff to record and discuss economic development activities within the region. Staff collected input from businesses and community stakeholders through outreach events, such as the Economic Summit held in June 2011 which drew 400 attendees, and meetings with representatives from five business clusters, involving more than 100 individuals. The development of the CEDS was conducted under the oversight of the Innovation Action Council with served as the strategy committee.

Sonoma County Cannabis Economic Impact Task Force Report

As state laws change regarding the commercial cannabis and the County of Sonoma works to develop a comprehensive ordinance it is important to try and understand how the industry could impact our local economy and community. With this in mind, the County of Sonoma created the Marijuana Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), which is comprised of representatives of nearly every county agency. The MTAC includes several working groups, including Agriculture and the Environment, Enforcement and Land Use, Taxation and Revenue, Economic Development and Jobs, and Health and Human Services. Together these groups will explore the many facets of the cannabis industry and its impacts on our community to develop a draft ordinance that will regulate the industry in Sonoma County.