Message from the Mayor:
On behalf of the City Council, I would like to welcome you to the City of Sonoma, in the heart of Sonoma Valley.
Sonoma is not only one of the world's finest grape-growing regions and visitor destinations, but a great place to live and work year-round. With San Francisco only an hour away, Sonoma blends a friendly small-town atmosphere with the entrepreneurial culture of the Bay Area. Wine and tourism are our most well-known industries, but we’re also home to a diverse economy that includes an array of creative professionals, health services, green businesses, specialty food producers, and start-ups of all kinds.
As both a City Council member and a local small business owner, I know that the outstanding quality of life in Sonoma goes hand-in-hand with our business attraction and retention efforts. We work hard to maintain and enhance that quality of life through the services that the City of Sonoma provides. We’re proud of our low crime rate, our beautiful Plaza, and our reputation for strong fiscal management.
We also strive to maintain a business climate that supports the economic vitality of our community. We have a Project Advisory Committee to provide early-stage input from various City departments on private development projects, at no charge. Our award-winning Economic Development Partnership, a collaboration of the City, County, and Chamber of Commerce, has a steering committee that meets monthly to guide a strategic plan for keeping the community and its businesses healthy. The Partnership funds an Economic Development Manager to act as a business liaison to city staff, provide outreach to the business community, and support business creation, attraction, retention and expansion. To learn more, visit the Partnership's website, SonomaValley4Biz.com.
Let us know how we can help as you evaluate our community as a potential location for your business. We look forward to assisting you.
- Tom Rouse, Mayor