About six years ago, in the midst of a nationwide economic downturn, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and regional business representatives came together to discuss the need for an economic development entity that would help to lift up our local economy in its time of need.
After much planning and fundraising, they created the Sonoma County BEST (Building Economic Success Together) program in 2011. With the financial support of over 70 public and private investors, BEST set out to help companies create over 2570 new jobs over the next five years.
BEST has since assisted over 300 local companies and helped to attract five new companies to the area, resulting in the creation of over 2700 new jobs, exceeding that goal.
But even though the five-year program has ended, the Santa Rosa Chamber will continue to support the local economy with the new Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Initiative. Details of this program are currently being formed.