Ben Stone – Executive Director of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board

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Date(s) - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location
Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa

Ben Stone - Executive Director of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Ben Stone
Executive Director of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board

Sonoma County finds itself in several pivotal junctions.  Ben Stone, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, will join us on June 13th to discuss the state of the recovery six months after the October wildfires, the county’s workforce and ageing challenges, its affordable housing crisis, and its five-year economic strategy to push our community to thrive and grow.

Ben was appointed as Director of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board in 1986. Since then he has been responsible for various economic development activities such as business start-up, relocation, business development, and retention services; industry research and economic forecasts; a county film program, Creative Sonoma, and involvement with the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau and seven Visitor Centers. Ben Stone has also served on several Boards over the years. He has served as Chair of the Business Administration Department Advisory Board at Santa Rosa Junior College, and of the North Bay World Trade Association; as a Board Member of the Sonoma County YMCA, the International Diplomacy Council, National Alumni Board of Whitman College, and Sonoma County Museum. He is currently serving on the Board of the Swiss-California Foundation, the California Local Economic Development Association, the California Academy for Economic Development, and the President’s Council at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

Ben was awarded the State’s highest award for economic development in 2010, for his work in creating the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and his MPA at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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