Growth in Sonoma County Now Tops California and the Nation: Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Businesses Shifting Local Economy

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Ranked just behind the number one state in the country for growth and economic improvement Sonoma County’s recession can officially be called over. Visit Santa Rosa is pleased to announce a surge of new chamber members impacting fiscal growth this year.

Sonoma County’s recession is officially over. This comes from prominent senior economist Jerry Nickelsburg, Ph.D., of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Job growth is ahead of the Bay Area, state and nation and nearly matches the national growth leader North Dakota. Nickelsburg said, “in Sonoma County, almost all the recession is over with.” Sonoma County’s nonfarm job growth ranks barely behind that of North Dakota, the fastest-growing state in the U.S. (courtesy of the closely watched UCLA Anderson Forecast). Sonoma County’s $1.3 billion tourism industry is the major source of this shift as hundreds of new hospitality related jobs and businesses and open up in the area. See details and contact information for a full list of businesses impacting development in 2013 in Santa Rosa.

Visit Santa Rosa is honored to officially welcome all the companies contributing to this boom including; Wine Country Entertainment founded by Angela Takeishi, a classical pianist, a full service entertainment company providing musical acts from soloists, classical string ensembles, jazz groups, dance & specialty acts, DJs and Dance Bands. Sea Ranch Lodge & Village in Mendocino is very close by but feels like worlds away and offers a natural escape on the Sonoma coast with breathtaking views and wide open spaces.

Specialty wineries in town include; Trecini Winery in downtown Santa Rosa - a private intimate wine tasting experience. This boutique winery prides itself on its complex, food-friendly wines with lower alcohol content, allowing for true varietal and softer undertones. Trione Winery in nearby picturesque Geyserville is a local destination winery celebrating over three decades of family raising premium grapes that have been the foundation of many award-winning wines now bottled under their own label. Enjoy a winery tour, picnic in the back patio while taking in the view and look for special events - open daily. B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company in charming Glen Ellen was founded by Bruce Cohn in 1984 and offers a full line of ultra-premium wines, extra virgin olive oils, handcrafted vinegars and gourmet foods. Also check out their schedule of magical performances under the stars.

North Bay Brewery Tours was founded by three craft beer fanatics on a mission to expose people to the amazing beer brewed around the San Francisco Bay Area. This tour bus company specializes in guided tours of local beer destinations and private transportation to everything beer!

Latest Restaurants to the area include; Belly – Left Coast Kitchen & Taproom – located in downtown Santa Rosa. Owner celebrity Chef Gray Rollin has been Tour Chef for the likes of KISS, the Black Eyed Peas and Katy Perry. He showcases New American Cuisine. “Left Coast”, means focusing the menu on the five Pacific states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. The BBQ Spot specializes in bringing real southern style barbecue to Sonoma County. They offer up dishes served in the south inspired from Memphis and Tennessee, two of the greatest places for barbecue. They are centrally located on Santa Rosa Avenue and open daily. Union Hotel Restaurants, a Northern California chain, is owned by the Gonnella family that has called these Italian restaurants their own for five generations. They’ve grown now to three Santa Rosa area locations and are each open daily offering authentic Italian dining. Detailed information about visiting all these businesses and the many others in the area is available at

About Visit Santa Rosa
Visit Santa Rosa provides assistance to visitors and groups seeking information about lodging, dining and entertainment opportunities in Santa Rosa. The bureau also operates an Official State of California Welcome Center, and helps to bring major events to Santa Rosa. For more information, please call (707) 577-8674 or

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