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Future blend: Community-supported high-tech learning could save workers stranded by technology

Sonoma County is like California in a bottle. Many of the issues that are confronting other regions and the state overall are fermenting in conversations like the one this week at the North Bay Builders Exchange. The organization of construction contractors – now preoccupied with rebuilding neighborhoods destroyed and damaged in the October firestorm – […]

Marin Employers Agitate for Novato Narrows Completion

Marin business leaders say completing the Novato Narrows widening is crucial for the economy of the North Bay and they hope new funding sources can see the project through. Sources of cash from a state gas tax increase and possible bridge toll increase made getting $250 million to finish the work a possibility. And Marin […]

Code Red Housing Emergency

Every day the view from my office window changes. I am watching a 90-unit apartment building be constructed a few hundred feet away, and each new story raises my spirits.  In the aftermath of the fires, which destroyed six to seven per cent of Sonoma’s housing, we should all want to see new workforce housing.  […]

Community Makes Us Strong

There are so many lessons to learn from the fires but one of the key ones is the importance of community and the relationships that form a community.  It was remarkable to hear how many people didn’t know their neighbors, but thank them now for saving their lives.  People rose to the occasion of helping […]

Marin’s ‘housing crisis on steroids’ focus of San Rafael forum

Former county supervisor Cynthia Murray kicked off a discussion on housing affordability in Marin with one question. “Spoiler alert,” said Murray, now CEO of the North Bay Leadership Council. “How do people make ends meet in Marin? They don’t.” Murray, speaking before the Marin Communications Forum on Monday, said the recent North Bay fires will […]

North Bay Crisis Raises Need for Workforce Housing

Our hearts go out to the residents and business owners who have suffered in the counties to north of Marin from the horrific fires. As leaders of the San Rafael Chamber and North Bay Leadership Council, we are proud that our members are actively working to help the North Bay recovery. And while those efforts […]

Sonoma County EDB Fire Recovery Business Resources

FIRE RECOVERY BUSINESS RESOURCES AFFECTED BUSINESSES – RESOURCES • Insurance California Department of Insurance – Assistance with filing claims • Property Taxes Sonoma County Assessor – Property tax reassessment due to misfortune or calamity • Tax Credits Franchise Tax Board – Info on deducting disaster losses. • Board of Equalization – Manufacturing and R&D sales […]

North Bay Fire Recovery Checklist

For everyone who lost their home.  This is so helpful! Please share!! A friend who lost their home in a fire has provided this action plan for those who have recently lost their homes… Start with the small list: 1. Get a PO Box 2. Longer term rental search – include insurance on it so […]

North Bay Fire: Where to Get Help and Where to Give Help

NBLC grieves the devastation of our region.  The fires have touched all of us.  We mourn the lives lost, the homes destroyed, the businesses ruined, and the impact on the North Bay’s flora and fauna.  We want to help those who have lost their homes, jobs and/or businesses recover as quickly as possible.  NBLC looks […]

NBLC Endorses Denise Athas for Novato City Council

NBLC is proud to endorse Denise Athas for the Novato City Council.  Athas has served ably for two terms and earned a third term in office.  She has proven that she is balanced, not afraid to tackle the tough issues and a champion for good government.  We appreciate Athas’ commitment to bringing jobs and workforce […]