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Press Democrat: Sonoma County unemployment rate unchanged at 9.3 percent
March 23, 2012
“Sonoma County is lagging behind where it should be,” said Robert Eyler, director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University. “We didn’t see the growth that we expected.”
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North Bay Business Journal: SSU economist forecasts modest improvement for North Bay in 2012
March 12, 2012
Marin and Napa counties are on track to be the “shining stars” of economic recovery in the six-county North Bay Area in 2012, though the enduring caution of commercial lenders and other pressures will likely keep growth modest across the entire region this year, according to regional economist Dr. Robert Eyler.
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Press Democrat: Study calls Sonoma County one of Bay Area’s least affordable areas
March 12, 2012
Sonoma County is the second least affordable county in the Bay Area, according to a nationwide study that says the county’s typical household spends 55 percent of its income on housing and transportation, the two biggest bites out of a family budget.
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US News & World Report: Some E.M.B.A. Programs Designed for Linebackers, Wine Makers
March 8, 2012
In the wine industry, even executives get grape stains during harvest season, explains Robert Eyler, director of executive M.B.A. programs at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.
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Napa Valley Register: Wine Country Group names top producers
March 1, 2012
Keynote speaker, Robert Eyler, Ph.D. from Sonoma State also attended and spoke about the economy, particularly as it relates to the local Wine Country real estate market.
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Watch: KHSL-TV – North State Economic Forecast
January 12, 2012
If the economy is going to move forward, cities and counties must attract businesses.
“The lynch pin issue is whether or not businesses will want to grow and live in California,” Dr. Robert Eyler, a professor of business and economics at Sonoma State University said.
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Marin IJ: Marin’s commuters spend $1.4 million outside of county
October 12, 2011
It’s no wonder that many of the county’s workers live elsewhere,” said Sonoma State professor Robert Eyler of Marin Economic Forum, which provided the …
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Watch: Dr. Robert Eyler, the chief economist for the Marin Economic Forum, speak to a sold-out MAR membership luncheon meeting about Marin’s role in the regional economic recovery and what it means for the local housing market.
September 22, 2011
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North Bay Business Journal: Impact Solano Conference 2011
September 21, 2011
Read presentations from speakers Robert Eyler, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Frank Howard Allen Economics Research Fellow, director of the Executive MBA Program, Sonoma State University.
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Press Democrat: Poverty takes bigger chunk out of Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties
September 21, 2011
More North Coast residents are sliding under the poverty line, many pushed below an already low marker of economic well-being by a recession and persistently slow recovery.
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Press Democrat: Job growth skids to halt in Sonoma County
September 16, 2011
The trend could grow worse as recent state budget cuts trickle down to local government, said Robert Eyler.
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Napa Valley Register: Napa unemployment rate dips in August
September 16, 2011
With much of the local economy tied to wine and tourism, Napa employment will always be seasonal.
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Press Democrat: How can Sonoma County get back to work?
September 7, 2011
With unemployment in Sonoma County stuck at or near double digits for more than two years, local business, labor and government leaders are eagerly awaiting to see what President Obama proposes tonight to create more jobs across the nation.
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Press Democrat: Cuts both shortsighted, inevitable
June 19, 2011
At a recent gathering, Robert Eyler, the Sonoma State University economist, used colorful language that aptly describes the work product of state government and the hardships now being inflicted on all of us.

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Marin IJ: Marin’s jobless rate falls in May
June 17, 2011
Marin’s jobless rate fell to a more than two-year low of 7.4 percent in May but the number of jobs in the county also declined, according to new figures released Friday.

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Mill Valley Patch: Consolidation, Cooperation Key to Reducing Government Spending
June 7, 2011
Business, civic and labor leaders gather for North Bay Leadership Council’s Economic Insight Conference.

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Marin IJ Report: Marin’s economy will continue rebound
May 5, 2011
Marin’s economy will grow this year at its fastest rate since 2006, but its recovery will still be slower than post-recession rebounds in the two previous decades, according to a report released Thursday.

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Napa Valley Register: Napa County personal income declines 3.8 percent
May 5, 2011
“If you are a retailer or restaurant, you want to know if there is enough disposable income to support your venture,” Eyler said.

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VirtualStrategy.com: Hipstamatic Founders, Creators of Apple’s 2010 “App of the Year” to Speak at Exclusive Re-launch of Marin’s BayAngels
April 27, 2011
We wholeheartedly welcome the return of BayAngels and applaud its focus on enhancing Marin’s economic vitality,” said Robert Eyler,

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Press Democrat GUEST OPINION: Local economy needs local entrepreneurs
March 19, 2011
Census shows 21% of Petalumans are Latinos.

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Press Democrat: Petaluma’s Latino population grows
March 18, 2011
Census shows 21% of Petalumans are Latinos.
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North Bay Business Journal: SSU Economic Outlook Conference 2011 Highlights
March 7, 2011
The 17th annual Sonoma State University Economic Outlook conference was held at the Sheraton Sonoma County hotel in Petaluma on Thursday morning, Feb. 24, 2011.
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Marin IJ: Marin household income tops state again, but dips 8.6 percent
March 6, 2011
Marin County has once again topped the state in median household income, but the Great Recession appears to have taken a toll, based on new figures from the state Franchise Tax Board.
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Press Democrat: Lagging jobs, investment hinder Sonoma County economy
February 24, 2011
The North Bay’s economy is slowly recovering, but two key elements still are missing, a Sonoma State University economist told business and government leaders Thursday.
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iStockAnalyst.com: New report shows just how fast Sonoma County fell into recession
February 24, 2011
“Sonoma County saw a sharper dip because it had a super-heated real estate market before the recession,” said Robert Eyler.
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Marin IJ: WinCup foam cup plant to leave Corte Madera after 42 years
February 13, 2011
“Little industrial manufacturing exists in Marin these days, with most remaining operations centering on artisanal or agricultural products,” said Robert Eyler.
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Press Democrat: Auto dealers see end to long drought
February 13, 2011
Auto dealers are emerging from their longest slump in recent history, a four-year downturn that slashed revenues, forced job cuts and cost state and local governments millions in tax revenue.
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Press Democrat: Hiring beginning to thaw
January 23, 2011
Sonoma County’s job market may seem bleak, but companies in many sectors are hiring, according to the latest state figures.
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ChicoER.com Biz Bits: Economic forecast conference keeps delivering good information
January 23, 2011
In offering his outlook for the north valley at the recent Tri County Economic Forecast Conference, Sonoma State University economist Robert Eyler mentioned something that not everyone may have caught.
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Press Democrat: Sonoma County’s unemployment drops to 10%
January 21, 2011
Sonoma County’s jobless rate dropped slightly in December, with a late surge in retail hiring, state labor analysts said Friday.
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Red Bluff Daily News: Economist Robert Eyler: Still hunting for signs of a recovery
January 14, 2011
Economist Robert Eyler didn’t have much new to say about the still-recovering economy of the north state, but he believes opportunity exists locally.
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Marin IJ: Brown’s budget proposal would eliminate redevelopment agencies around state, Marin
January 10, 2011
“Redevelopment agencies basically look at underprivileged or underdeveloped portions of a city or a county to revitalize them,” said Robert Eyler.
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ChicoER.com: Economic forecast conference set for Thursday
January 9, 2011
The 11th annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference is planned from 7 a.m.-noon Thursday at Chico State University, with a corral of topics from technology and economic development to the economy.
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Press Democrat: What will Sonoma County home prices do this year?
January 9, 2011
The Press Democrat spoke to three economists and two foreclosure experts for their outlook on the coming year.
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Pacific Sun: Feature: Station to station
December 31, 2010
Dwindling tax revenue has SMART rearranging its financial boxcars…
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Press Democrat: Glimmer of hope for Sonoma County hiring
December 31, 2010
The glimmer of hope offered by national employment data is being reflected in Sonoma County, where there are year-end signs of an uptick in hiring.
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Press Democrat: $4 gas on the horizon
December 29, 2010
But if gas were to hit $4 next year, Eyler believes consumers will make adjustments. “This is the key,” he said. “Whether they modify their behavior.”
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Press Democrat: Turning a corner?
December 26, 2010
Worst appears over for Sonoma County, but events of past year indicate that the road to recovery may not get a whole lot easier.
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Press Democrat: 10.1% without jobs in Sonoma County
December 17, 2010
Sonoma County has gained about 1,200 jobs since July, if seasonal factors are taken out of the mix, said Robert Eyler, director of the Center for Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University.
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Central Valley Business Times: Tri-county economic forecast conference set
December 16, 2010
The Center for Economic Development is presenting the 11th Annual Tri-County Economic Forecast Conference on Jan. 13 at the BMU Auditorium, California State University, Chico.
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Press Democrat: San Rafael to get SMART
December 15, 2010
The North Bay commute line will still be built in stages, but commute planners on Wednesday vowed to extend the Marin County terminus from the Civic Center to downtown San Rafael.
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North Bay Business Journal: Marin peers into its economic future and gets worried
December 6, 2010
Dr. Robert Eyler, chairman of the economics department at Sonoma State University, said many successful entrepreneurs live in Marin County and are looking for business and other opportunities.
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Press Democrat: Bay Area shoppers plan to spend more on holidays
December 6, 2010
Robert Eyler, chairman of the Economics Department at Sonoma State University, said the results may have encouraged retailers to try to lure in large numbers of shoppers with big discounts this season.
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North Bay Business Journal: Study estimates impact of proposed frost rules to top $2B
November 1, 2010
Sonoma County ag crafts frost-pumping ordinance as model.
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North Bay Business Journal: Marin Economic Forum set to issue first report Thursday
October 25, 2010
‘Must pursue new model to sustain’ Marin ‘quality of life.’
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Press Democrat: State’s pot crop worth $14 billion, dwarfs wine grapes
October 18, 2010
As cash crops go, marijuana is a whopper.
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North Bay Business Journal: Building the North Bay 2010
October 1, 2010
We’re ready: Laying the road for economic recovery
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Press Democrat: 1 in 6 homes underwater in Sonoma County
August 10, 2010
One in six homeowners in Sonoma County owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, half the number from a year ago, according to estimates in a new report.
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Press Democrat: Sonoma County jobless rates to 10.4 percent
July 16, 2010
Unemployment rose slightly in Sonoma County last month, reflecting what analysts describe as a typical summertime trend.
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North Bay Business Journal: Conference speakers to address economy, permit best practices
May 14, 2010
The good news is that the worst part of the recession generally is over for the local construction industry, according to conference panelist Rob Eyler…
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North Bay Business Journal: Construction even to focus on conditions needed for recovery
May 7, 2010
Best practices panel will outline success strategies.
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Press Democrat: Looking ahead to 2010
what do local leaders and experts have to say about the upcoming year?

January 7, 2010
After struggling with many issues in 2009, the Petaluma community still faces some major challenges, but in brief interviews with the Argus-Courier, several prominent leaders voiced hope that the new year will be filled with positive changes.
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North Bay Business Journal: Commentary: Thinking green for jobs and the environment
December 14, 2009
Sonoma County has embraced a goal that gets us closer to where we need to be: a 25 percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2015.
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Forbes Commentary: Boomer Economy
November 17, 2009
Why middle-aged ”progressives” are stunting opportunity in Northern California.
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North Bay Business Journal: Report lays out regional strategy to keep, create jobs
May 25, 2009
Transforming the North Bay into a “jobs magnet,” complete with a tri-county “Innovation Corridor” to drive job development is just one of the economic recovery and long-term growth recommendations proposed in a report commissioned by the North Bay Leadership Council.
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North Bay Business Journal: SSU forecast sees some stability late this year, better ’10
February 16, 2009
Presented at SSU’s annual outlook conference Feb. 6, Dr. Eyler said a sharp slowdown in the macro economy has been ongoing for been roughly 13 months already, long by historical standards.
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North Bay Business Journal: Brad Bollinger: ‘3-2-3’ campaign: three years, 2,000 jobs, $300 million in sales
December 22, 2008
It’s easy to conclude from last week’s news that 3M will close its 100-employee Petaluma plant that manufacturing the 101 corridor has no future.
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North Bay Business Journal: Study suggests major water cuts could be $4B, 33,000-job economic hits
December 13, 2007
If the supply of water were to fall 10 percent short of demand, it would close the spigot on $199 million domestic product in the two counties and lead to 1,580 lost jobs, according to a report by Robert Eyler, Ph.D., director of the university’s Center for Regional Economic Analysis.
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Press Democrat: Changes to the face of North Bay
May 24, 2007
n about 15 years, Latinos will replace whites as the majority population segment in a six-county North Bay region, but the shift will come later in Sonoma and Marin counties where the cost of living is expected to remain among the highest in the state.
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North Bay Business Journal: North Bay ranks high in wealth
April 30, 2007
In about 15 years, Latinos will replace whites as the majority population segment in a six-county North Bay region, but the shift will come later in Sonoma and Marin counties where the cost of living is expected to remain among the highest in the state.
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North Bay Business Journal: Housing, gas prices key concerns for Marin
September 28, 2005
In his presentation, Dr. Eyler said that Marin is an economic conundrum, with a large segment of county wealth and jobs revolving around the real estate industry.
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