Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Is Solano County Competitive for Business? Hear from the experts on Jan. 29

FAIRFIELD, Calif. – The opportunities for economic and community growth will take center stage at Solano EDC’s 33rd annual meeting on Jan. 29.  Solano County businesses can meet the experts implementing the “Moving Solano Forward” project
The panel presentation will focus on Solano County’s future; specifically, how the region can develop its own way forward as the Bay Area and Sacramento grow on either side of it. In practical terms, that means asking, “Is Solano County competitive now, and how can we be more competitive in the future?”

Speaking at the event are Dr. Robert Eyler, Don Schjeldahl, and Audrey Taylor, part of the team recently contracted to develop the knowledge and tools to position the county economy for growth.

Dr. Eyler, president of Economic Forensics and Analytics, Inc., and professor of economics at Sonoma State University, will address the state of today’s economy, what he predicts for tomorrow and how that affects economic development and diversity.

Schjeldahl, principal at DSG Advisors, is a corporate site consultant who has facilitated the relocation and expansion of more than 300 companies and is the person who makes the call when multiple communities compete for new business, He will talk about changes in what industries are looking for.

Taylor is president of Chabin Concepts, a nationally known economic development consulting firm, will talk about changes in economic development practices and what new trends are likely to affect Solano County’s efforts to remain competitive for both existing and new businesses.

The event will also include a new video presentation of Solano’s community highlights from 2015.

The annual meeting will be held on Friday, January 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. 

Registration and networking begins at 11 a.m. with lunch and program at 11:45 am

Cost is $45 per person, $350 for a table of eight. Early reservations are encouraged since the event sells out annually.

Sponsors are: the law offices of Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti and Heppell, NorthBay Healthcare, Northern Solano County Association of Realtors and Travis Credit Union

The Solano EDC membership programs are underwritten by the EDC Chairman's Circle Members:  Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.; Electrical Contractors Trust of Napa and Solano; Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District; Manex; Solano Garbage/Republic Services; Solano Transportation Authority and Syar Industries.

To register, call Solano EDC at (707) 864-1855 or email pat@solanoedc.org.