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2012 State of the County
Annual Report to the Community

2012 State of the County Program & Presentations — Breakfast Forum

7:00 am
Registration and County Agency Exhibits
7:30 am
7:45 am
Welcome and Sonoma County Indicators Overview

Ben Stone, Executive Director
Sonoma County Economic Development Board

7:55 am
State of the County 2012

Supervisor Shirlee Zane, Chair
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

8:15 am
Economic Forecast Update
The U.S. and California — A Bifurcated Recovery

Dr. Jerry Nickelsburg, Senior Economist
UCLA Anderson Forecast

9:00 am

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Event Handouts

  • Winter 2011 Business Confidence Survey and Report (PDF: 1.85 MB)

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB), in partnership with the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), is pleased to present the 2011 Business Confidence Survey and Report.

    Highlights from this Business Confidence Report include:

    • Sonoma County business confidence is shining compared to its worst performance two years ago when the average business confidence rating on a scale of 1 to 10 was 3.2. Sonoma County is now doing much better with an average business confidence of 5.45.
    • Businesses have yielded feedback as to what local government can do to help businesses succeed in Sonoma County. The most requested three options were to help businesses stay and grow in Sonoma County, make the permitting process more efficient, and attract new businesses to Sonoma County.
    • When asked whether they were considering hiring new employees in 2012, 58% of business executives in Sonoma County responded in the affirmative, suggesting that Sonoma County’s economy is getting back on track.
  • Sonoma County Indicators Report — 2012 (Abridged Edition) (PDF: 1.7 MB)

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is pleased to present the 2012 Sonoma County Indicators Abridged Edition. The indicators chosen for this year’s report focus on the connections between our economy and community, measuring our progress, and benchmarking our performance to similar counties in California. In an effort to provide the most current and comprehensive annual data in this year’s report, the scope of this preliminary version has been narrowed. The full report will be made available online at in the spring of 2012.

    The report features a "competitiveness index" section intended to measure regional competitiveness not only by economic elements but through the region’s quality of life and how the region supports innovation.

  • Sonoma Green Business Program Brochure (PDF: 192 kB)

    The Sonoma Green Business Program is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes, and promotes local organizations which volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way.

    The Sonoma Green Business Program is part of the Bay Area Green Business Program, a regional organization supported by nine county programs and coordinated through The Association of Bay Area Governments.

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