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Supervisors agree to create jobs plan

Sonoma County supervisors agreed unanimously Tuesday to spend $135,000 as the next step in their efforts to create more local jobs.

County officials are still developing a jobs plan, which may include working with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's BEST program. The chamber is seeking city and county assistance in raising $3.25 million for the creation of 4,000 jobs around the county.

County officials plan to gather more information at the their regular economic conference in June and to have a final jobs plan ready for supervisors to approve this fall.

The aim is for the county to become "hyperfocused on getting Sonoma County families back to work," said Supervisor Mike McGuire.

Already the county has started interviewing business leaders from major economic sectors, including health services, manufacturing, wineries and tourism.


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