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  • Increased labor costs and a surge in housing demand are forecast for Marin following the devastating North Bay fires. “These markets are regional,” said Robert Eyler, chief economist of the Marin Economic Forum and a professor at Sonoma State University. “Because they’re regional, Marin County is not on an island when things happen. Things in Sonoma County can reverberate into Marin County.”

    Marin economic observers weigh North Bay fire impact

    Increased labor costs and a surge in housing demand are forecast for Marin following the devastating North Bay fires. “These markets are regional,” said Robert Eyler, chief economist of the Marin Economic Forum and a professor at Sonoma State University. “Because they’re regional, Marin County is not on an island when things happen. Things in Sonoma County can reverberate into Marin County.”

  • Robert Eyler, an economist at Sonoma State University, valued the Napa and Sonoma wine business at over $10 billion in annual sales, and he estimated that billions more were generated by enotourism. “The fire, even though it was relatively large in acreage, was still relatively concentrated in specific areas,” he said. Many hotels, bed and breakfasts, and wineries survived intact and were not affected by the fires.

    Outlook good for California wine lovers

    Robert Eyler, an economist at Sonoma State University, valued the Napa and Sonoma wine business at over $10 billion in annual sales, and he estimated that billions more were generated by enotourism. “The fire, even though it was relatively large in acreage, was still relatively concentrated in specific areas,” he said. Many hotels, bed and breakfasts, and wineries survived intact and were not affected by the fires.

  • According to Robert Eyler, a professor of economics at Sonoma State University, it is as yet unclear exactly what effect the fires will have on Napa’s wine business, which, together with Sonoma County’s, generates over $10 billion in annual sales and brings in billions of dollars more in tourism. “We don’t know yet how many vineyards have been impacted,” Eyler says, adding that the region will likely spend many months assessing the damage to harvests.

    Thousands of Jobs Depend on the Wine Industry’s Uncertain Recovery

    Rebuilding efforts will come as the area faces a construction labor shortage and rising costs for home-building materials, a situation exacerbated by hurricane recovery efforts in Texas and Florida, said Robert Eyler, an economics professor at Sonoma State.

  • Rebuilding efforts will come as the area faces a construction labor shortage and rising costs for home-building materials, a situation exacerbated by hurricane recovery efforts in Texas and Florida, said Robert Eyler, an economics professor at Sonoma State.

    Thousands displaced by Northern California’s wildfires now face the region’s housing shortage

    Rebuilding efforts will come as the area faces a construction labor shortage and rising costs for home-building materials, a situation exacerbated by hurricane recovery efforts in Texas and Florida, said Robert Eyler, an economics professor at Sonoma State.

  • “In economics, we call it a primal problem, based on the natural instinct to gain as much as you can. Capitalism at its finest," said Robert Eyler, a Sonoma State University economist.

    Authorities issue alert on price gouging in fire areas

    “In economics, we call it a primal problem, based on the natural instinct to gain as much as you can. Capitalism at its finest," said Robert Eyler, a Sonoma State University economist.

  • Economist Robert Eyler, Ph.D., president of Forensic Analytics and dean of the Sonoma State University School of Education and International Studies, sees the future as involving three major issues: reconstruction, where and what groups of people will rebuild, and the timeline for accomplishing this enormous undertaking. “Many who have lived in the area for a number of years may profit from rising equity and valuation of their homes and will benefit from insurance payouts. However, some may decide to leave the region to start over. The magnitude of this go, or don’t leave the area, approach will be strongly felt here locally.”

    Economic impact of the Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino fires

    Economist Robert Eyler, Ph.D., president of Forensic Analytics and dean of the Sonoma State University School of Education and International Studies, sees the future as involving three major issues: reconstruction, where and what groups of people will rebuild, and the timeline for accomplishing this enormous undertaking. “Many who have lived in the area for a number of years may profit from rising equity and valuation of their homes and will benefit from insurance payouts. However, some may decide to leave the region to start over. The magnitude of this go, or don’t leave the area, approach will be strongly felt here locally.”

Questions raised about projections for Marin population and job growth in new Bay Area plan

March 23, 2013

Robert Eyler, CEO of the Marin Economic Forum and a professor at Sonoma State University, said both the jobs and population estimates appear to be somewhat higher than they should be. Eyler said the jobs estimate was probably not off by more than a couple of percentiles.

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Economy improving a bit in Solano County

March 22, 2013

The 2012 Index of Economic and Community Progress, which will be the subject of next week’s Solano Economic Development Corp. gathering, includes an analysis by Robert Eyler of Economic Forensics and Analytics.

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Marin County real estate

As North Bay recovers, panelists say innovation will drive it forward

March 4, 2013

In his annual economic forecast at the Sonoma State University Economic Outlook Conference, Dr. Robert Eyler, director of the university’s Center for Regional Economic Analysis, said that the six North Bay counties of Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino and Lake could expect “broad growth” across various sectors through 2014.

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Napa County will share an economic report on how fast the local wage might be increased without unduly hurting businesses. But that economic report by Robert Eyler of Economic Forensics & Analytics didn’t recommend a faster ramp-up to $15 than the state is taking.

Small-scale entrepreneurs called key to region’s economy

February 28, 2013

Sonoma County’s economy is moving forward again, but sustaining growth may require plenty of small-scale entrepreneurs in the hospitality and technology sectors, economics professor Robert Eyler said Wednesday at a conference for more than 1,100 college students and business leaders.

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Home values jump 16.6 percent in Sonoma County

February 5, 2013

Sonoma State University economics professor Robert Eyler said a large increase isn’t surprising after home prices tanked and the economy started to rebound. But lasting increases will depend on the ability of local companies to boost hiring and compensation. “If your local economy doesn’t have rising incomes or rising job growth or both, it’s very difficult to sustain a housing market,” Eyler said. “It’s just that simple.”

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BEST spurs new coalitions for Sonoma County food, tech

February 4, 2013

By Eric Gneckow
North Bay Business Journal
After helping to form an industry group for Sonoma County’s advanced manufacturers in late 2011, Sonoma County Building

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