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Sonoma State Economic Outlook Conference Registration Closes February 17

February 15, 2012 2:00 PM

February 15, 2012

Sonoma State Economic Outlook Conference

Registration Closes February 17

SSU event includes timely forecast, state budget official, and food industry visionary

Registration for the annual Sonoma State Economic Outlook Conference ends this Friday, Feb. 17. The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. Registration is from 8 to 8:30 with the program following. Cost is $49 per person or a table of 10 for $510, which includes company name on table sign. 

This year's conference will focus on the region's emerging industries in a slowly recovering state economy. Regional economic analysis and forecast will be given by Rob Eyler, Frank Howard Allen Research Fellow in Economics, Professor of Economics and Director of Sonoma State's Executive MBA Program and Center for Regional Economic Analysis.

Eyler explained that the panelists will be lead off by Andy Berliner from Amy's Kitchen, who will discuss Amy's evolution in the North Bay and their leadership in local food manufacturing. Remy Gross from the Buck Institute will discuss their expansion, why they are in Marin County, and the potential of biotechnology in the region through entrepreneurship. Jill Techel, the City of Napa mayor, will talk about the partnership between the City of Napa and local business leaders to expand downtown Napa into a high-end hospitality center with global reach. Carolyn Stark, from Sonoma County BEST (Building Economic Success Together) will end the panel by putting Sonoma County's plans for economic development in perspective given emerging and entrepreneurial firms in a wide breadth of industries. John Chiang, California's State Controller, will provide a view point of the California State Budget and issues and opportunities for California as we go into a major election year and beyond.

In recent years the conference has been a collaboration between Sonoma State and the North Bay Business Journal and this year is underwritten by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.
Register online at or call Linda Perkins, 707-521-5264.

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For more information, contact Robert Eyler at 707-664-4256.

About Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics:

Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics' mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences for our students and to advance best business practices in the North Bay and beyond. Its vision: to be the educational nucleus of a thriving North Bay economy. Its Wine Business Institute is recognized around the world for its expert faculty, business-focused research, and the first undergraduate and graduate degree programs in wine business in the United States. With undergraduate, graduate and executive programs serving over 1500 students each year and concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Wine Business, and Economics, the School offers the most in-demand degree on the Sonoma State campus. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), making it one of 15% of all business schools in the world to meet these standards for excellence. For more information, visit

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