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January 2017
How to Make Friends and Influence Business

What does it mean to be "business friendly"?

It started with a Letter to the Editor. In June 2016, Don Schwartz, assistant city manager in Rohnert Park, wrote: Have you considered an article on the “Best Business-Friendly City” in the North Bay? It would certainly be interesting to see what local businesses think.” Hmmm…

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Encouraging Economic Development

Business growth is esential for a strong economy, and local resources to make it possible are one other North Bays biggest secrets to success.

 


Environment Setting Priorities

Preserving agriculture and coastal areas is a top priority for North Bay leaders.

The natural beauty of the North Bay is pure poetry, inspiring artists and drawing tourists from around the world with its hushed redwood forests, lush rolling hills, rugged coastline and verdant vineyards.


Zoning for Success

North Bay counties work to balance sustainable growth with timeless quality of location. 

Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties share one overriding concern: how to encourage a healthy economy while maintaining the qualities of life that make each of them individually iconic both locally and throughout the country—if not the world. 


Friendly and Effective Permitting

Case studies of cities doing it right

Some say it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission. But if you’re planning on opening a new business or expanding an existing one, that’s not a good idea. Indeed, one of the hardest aspects of launching a business is maneuvering through the tangled web of permitting, which varies from municipality to municipality. Understanding that the process can be daunting, several North Bay communities have taken steps to ease the pain without bending the rules as they continue to work to expand their economic growth after the Great Recession debacle—and let’s just say they’re now a lot more “user friendly.”


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How to Make Friends and Influence Business

What does it mean to be "business friendly"? It started with a Letter to the Editor. In June 2016, Don Schwartz, assistant city manager in Rohnert Park, wrote: Have you considered an a...

Encouraging Economic Development

Business growth is esential for a strong economy, and local resources to make it possible are one other North Bays biggest secrets to success.  ...

Zoning for Success

North Bay counties work to balance sustainable growth with timeless quality of location.  Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties share one overriding concern: how to encourage a healthy economy while m...

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