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2013 NBLC Summer Social at Skywalker's Big Rock Ranch

Ready to Work: Solving the Skills Mismatch and Talent Shortage

Members meeting with elected officials to discuss policy

2012 Honorees of the Leaders of the North Bay

Ron Gutman delighting the audience with the power of a smile

Hundreds gather for the SMART groundbreaking!

2013 NBLC Algebra Academy Graduates - Novato

2013 NBLC Algebra Academy Graduates - Petaluma

Reports & Presentations
Events & Programs

Women's Entrepreneurship: Fastest Growing Small Businesses Are Latina Owned Firms
Oct 23, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 am,
Redwood Credit Union Sonoma Room 3033 Cleveland Ave., Suite 100, Santa Rosa, CA
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*Signature Event* 2014 Leaders of the North Bay
Oct 31, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael
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Decoding The New Consumer Mind
Nov 12, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 am,
Dominican University of California Creekside Room - Caleruega (100 Magnolia Ave., corner of Magnolia & Palm) San Rafael, C
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North Bay Leadership Council Endorsements

North Bay Leadership Council is proud to make the following endorsements for November 2014 election:

Santa Rosa City Council: 

Tom Schwedhelm

John Sawyer

Ashle Crocker

Petaluma Mayor:

Mike Harris

Petaluma City Council:

Chris Albertson

Dave King

Rohnert Park:

Amy...

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Profiles In Leadership

Jean Jacques Bienaime — Chief Executive Officer, BioMarin

Jean Jacques Bienaimé is the CEO of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., the fastest growing and largest private employer in Marin County. Under his leadership, BioMarin has grown in number of employee, market capital and stature. Mr. Bienaime has over 30 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. As CEO, the market capitalization of BioMarin went from about $450 million in May 2005, to approximately $9 billion in April 2014. BioMarin is a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company with over 1300 employees.

In The News

Redwood Credit Union Offers Free Money Management Workshop Oct. 23

RCU Partners with State Controller’s Office for First-Ever ‘Manage Your Money Week’
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Santa Rosa Junior College Awarded $2.65 Million Dept. of Education Grant

Highly competitive Title V funding award will increase academic opportunity and attainment for SRJC’s Hispanic and low-income students
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Redwood Credit Union Exceeds United Way Campaign Goal

(RCU) completed its 2014 United Way workplace giving campaign this week, with total contributions of $98,175, exceeding this year’s campaign goal of $98,000. The Credit Union raised $96,000 for United Way last year.
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Midstate Construction is Proud to Complete The Dino Ghilotti Motta Stadium

Midstate Construction Corporation is proud to have been a successful partner of the recently completed Dino Ghilotti Motta Stadium at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, CA.
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Kaiser Permanente Gives $1 Million to Help West Africa Fight Ebola

Kaiser Permanente has donated $1 million to two international aid groups to support "direct medical care and safe clinical treatment practices" in West Africa, its first major donation to help halt the spread of the virus.
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Redwood Credit Union Supports SchoolsRule-Marin With Transaction-Based Donation Program

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) announced today a unique partnership with SchoolsRule Marin, a nonprofit which provides funding for literacy, technology and arts programs to benefit each of Marin County’s public school students. For every credit or debit card transaction made by RCU’s Marin County Members, the Credit Union will make a donation to SchoolsRule.
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Kaiser Permanente First Health Care Provider and Health Plan Named to Billion Dollar Roundtable

Organization recognized for economically developing communities it serves and improving total health through $1.4 billion in annual spend with minority- and women-owned businesses
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Kaiser Permanente Awards Grants to Support 41 Sonoma and Marin County Nonprofit Organizations

Community Benefit grants address Sonoma and Marin counties health needs
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Kaiser Permanente Honored as One of the Best Places to Work in North Bay

For the ninth consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente Marin/Sonoma, which includes the San Rafael and Santa Rosa Medical Centers, has been recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work” in the Bay Area by the North Bay Business Journal.
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PG&E Named One of the Bay Area's Healthiest Companies by the San Francisco Business Times

The San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal selected 82 finalists for this year’s Healthiest Employers in the Greater Bay Area lists and associated event. Companies were categorized based on the size of their Bay Area workforce.
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Canine Companions for Independence Training Center in Texas Built By Baylor Scott & White Health

Largest provider of highly trained assistance dogs expands to North Texas; First collaboration with a health care system
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St. Joseph Health Launches CDC’s Workplace Wellness Training in North Bay

St. Joseph Health has taken a leading role in the North Bay in training employers to promote health and wellness among members of their workforce by launching the Work@HealthTM training program, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Made Forbes List of Most Innovative Companies In the World

Congratulations to BioMarin Pharmaceutical for making the number 7 most innovative company in the world!
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North Bay Business Journal Announces 2014 Best Places to Work

The North Bay Business Journal has selected a record 88 companies for its ninth-annual Best Places to Work.
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AT&T Donates $1 Million to Girls Who Code

Last week AT&T made a $1 million donation to Girls Who Code, the organization committed to educating girls in STEM.
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Redwood Credit Union Supports Earthquake Relief Efforts

RCU Branches Accepting Donations for American Red Cross Napa Area Earthquake Relief
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Midstate Construction Completes College of The Redwoods Construction

Owner College of the Redwoods, construction manager Nadon Management, Inc. and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed the new Science/Humanities Facility at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California.
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Sonoma State University’s MBA Programs On the Rise

The AACSB-accredited School of Business and Economics at SSU is reporting that they have achieved record enrollment in their Professional MBA program and are close to record enrollment in their Executive MBA. They are also launching a campus-based Wine-Intensive EMBA cohort to complement the Wine EMBA program already running in Napa County.
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Comcast Introduces Xfinity On Campus Lets Students Watch Live TV and On Demand Programming Across Devices

Comcast today launched Xfinity On Campus, a service that lets college students watch live TV and On Demand content on their IP-enabled devices, including, laptops, tablets and smartphones while on campus.
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Sonoma State University's Children's School: Where the Environment is the Teacher

The entrance to the Children's School on the SSU campus is the first step to understanding the power of the environment as teacher.
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Santa Rosa Junior College Lands Federal Grant to Aid Latino, Low-Income Students

Santa Rosa Junior College will soon roll out a new program to boost retention and graduation rates among its growing population of Latino students, who now comprise more than a third of the student body.
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SSU Welcomes Largest Student Population in Its History as Fall 2014 Semester Begins

Poised to become a showcase for innovation and a model for a 21st century public university, Sonoma State University welcomes the largest number of students in its history to the Rohnert Park campus as classes begin on Aug. 19 for the fall 2014 semester.
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Kaiser Permanente named to Billion Dollar Roundtable for $1 billion annual spend with diverse vendors

Today, the Billion Dollar Roundtable Inc. announced Kaiser Permanente as one of the two new members of its supplier diversity forum.
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Sonoma State University's Schroeder Hall Opening Has Something For Everyone

More than one hundred musicians from as far away as Washington, DC will converge at the Green Music Center on August 23 and 24 to play ten concerts, each under an hour in length, during Schroeder Hall's Grand Opening weekend.
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The Buck Institute's Learning Center Funded By Patxi's Pizza

Patxi’s Pizza, the Bay Area brand famous for its commitment to philanthropy, community outreach and causes benefiting children’s health, education and wellness, announced Wednesday the Patxi’s Pizza Learning Center at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato.
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Buck Institute Spinoff Will Use Internet to Solicit Donations for Medical Research

LabCures, a new for-profit spinoff from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, hopes to generate money for new research in the life sciences by using the Internet to attract lots of smaller donations.
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Redwood Credit Union's Donna Zapata Honored by Napa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

RCU Business Development Officer Recognized by Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and CAL FIRE Recently Announced a Partnership to Help Stop Wildfires

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and CAL FIRE recently announced a partnership to help stop wildfires before they start in California.
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St. Joseph Health's Expanded Memorial Emergency Department Opens

Patient care in the newly expanded 26-bed emergency department at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital began today after health care regulators gave the OK to St. Joseph Health to open the renovated space for patients.
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Sonoma State University's $325,000 Grant Announced by Rep. Mike Thompson for SSU's Trio Program

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5), a member of the bipartisan TRIO Caucus, today announced a $325,000 U.S. Department of Education grant for Sonoma State University's (SSU) TRIO program.
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Sonoma Raceway Raised More than $77,000 for Youth Groups During NHRA Weekend

Charitable events combined to raise more than $77,000 for Sonoma County non-profit groups during the 27th NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, July 25-27.
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Bijan’s Protective Equipment is Dipping into New Market

A Santa Rosa manufacturer is testing a new business market thanks in large part to Sonoma County’s ban on single-use plastic bags as well as a push by some residents to keep jobs in the United States.
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PG&E RECOGNIZED BY CERES, CLEAN EDGE FOR CLEAN ELECTRICITY, ENERGY EFFICIENCY SUCCESSES

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is ranked as a top utility for delivering clean electricity to its customers and implementing effective energy efficiency programs, according to a report released today by Ceres, a leading environmental sustainability advocacy organization. Clean-tech sector research and advisory firm Clean Edge co-produced the report.
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PG&E Reduces Fuel for Wildfire, Keeps Communities Safe

California’s extreme drought conditions have sparked a significant increase in wildfires this year. CAL FIRE reports between January 1 and June 7, it has responded to more than 2,100 wildfires that charred more than 17,000 acres. The average for that same time period this time of year is about 1,250 fires and 10,000 acres.
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PG&E Urges CPUC to Provide Resources Necessary for 21st Century Infrastructure While Keeping Bills Below National Average

PG&E is urging the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to provide the resources necessary to maintain safe and reliable gas and electric service while still keeping customer bills below the national average.
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Midstate Construction Completes East Washington Place in Petaluma

Developer Regency Centers and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed the East Washington Place shopping center in Petaluma, California.
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Cynthia Murray Quoted in an Article About Assembly Bills That Aim to Restore California’s Movie Prowess

Assembly Bill 1839, they hope, will undo the steady attrition of the film industry in the state as tax incentives lure movie makers to places like New York, Canada, London and elsewhere.
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Agilent Technologies and Kevin Smith of Agilent Technologies are Winners of the North Bay Business Journal’s Fourth Annual Top Manufacturers in the North Bay Awards

The event’s main attraction, the annual Top Manufacturers Awards, will be presented to 10 companies along with the inaugural Mike Hauser Manufacturing Leadership Award remembering the contributions made to the industry by the late Santa Rosa chamber CEO.
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Sonoma Raceway Raised More than $210,000 for Charities During NASCAR Weekend

Charitable events combined to raise more than $210,000 for local charity groups during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 20-22.
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PG&E Receives Milestone Recognition for Transforming Safety Culture of its Gas Operations

PG&E was recognized today (May 27) for earning two difficult-to-achieve international certifications, the result of the company’s commitment to transforming its gas operations and building a strong safety culture.
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PG&E Expands Support for Veteran Transportation Vouchers in Santa Rosa

Over the past six months, Jason Pippin visited the Santa Rosa Veterans Administration (VA) clinic 55 times.
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PG&E Participates in Drought Forum Seeking Solutions

Several hundred representatives from the academic community, federal and state agencies, water utilities, tribes, business, agricultural and environmental groups gathered in Sacramento this week to discuss the impacts of the California drought, and the science and strategies for dealing with it.
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PG&E Works to Hire, Support Veterans as Nation Observes Memorial Day

During Memorial Day weekend, communities across California and the nation will remember the men and women of the armed forces who died serving their country.
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Sonoma Raceway Gets Earlier Start for Charity Auction at Toyota/Save Mart 350 Weekend

Race fans can take home a piece of the action on race day, June 22, at the Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) charity auction.
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Hanson Bridgett Recognition for Their Contributions

At Hanson Bridgett, the drive to serve is strong and selfless.
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PG&E Grant to Help Pay for Stanford

Tam High senior adds PG&E scholarship to list of accolades
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Sunny Hills Services Urges Support for Foster Youth Teen Parents

National Foster Care Month in May was an opportunity for us to reflect on the systemic progress thathas been achieved for youth in the foster care system.
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SolarCraft Installs Solar Panels at Hess Collection Winery in Napa

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 649 kW solar power system at Hess Collection Winery providing nearly 100% of the electrical needs for its Napa, CA production facility.
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DOMINICAN JOINS COURSERA FOR LEARNING HUBS PROJECT

Coursera, the open online course platform, has named Dominican University of California as one of eight new Global Learning Hubs. This will be the first Coursera Learning Hub to be located in a U.S. university
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Fireman's Fund's Paul Fuegner Recognized as Marketer That Matters™ by The Sage Group, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company announced today that Paul Fuegner, vice president of brand and customer marketing, was recognized as a winner of the 2014 Marketers That Matter™ award.
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SSU To Increase Faculty Hiring to Better Serve Students

SSU President Ruben Armiñana has announced that if the Governor's final budget offer to the California State University system of $142 million holds, the campus will hire a minimum of 45 new permanent faculty over the next three academic years.
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North Bay Business Journal Names 17 Women in Business Honorees; Zappos HR Director to be June 25 Gala Keynote

The Business Journal today announced the selection of its 2014 Women in Business honorees from a diverse group of industries and organizations including agriculture, wine, professional services, technology, specialty foods, restaurants, small business, health care and fitness and nonprofits.
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AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion in Move to Expand Clout

AT&T agreed on Sunday to buy the satellite television operator DirecTV for $48.5 billion, trying to tilt the balance of power with media companies as the market for broadband Internet and video shifts.
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Autodesk's 3-D Software Kicks Off Nationwide Tour

Prosthetics. Livers. Mount Rushmore. These are a few of the things that have been scanned in three dimensions and either recreated, or at least can be, through three-dimensional printing.
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Redwood Credit Union Races to Support Local Nonprofits

RCU Contributes Over $24,000 through Tri-County Human Race Events
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Sonoma Raceway gets NASCAR Express to Offer Train to NASCAR in Sonoma

For the second consecutive year, NASCAR fans can get on board the NASCAR Express train to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway.
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Sonoma State University Ranked Among California's Most Beautiful Campuses

Sonoma State University has earned the 25th spot in a ranking of the 25 Most Beautiful Colleges in California by CollegesinCaliforna.net.
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Sonoma Raceway to Unveil New STEM Initiative at Toyota/Save Mart 350

Science and technology go hand in hand with high performance, and Sonoma Raceway will do its parts to help develop the next generation of engineers and scientists with an all-new youth education initiative for the 2014 race season.
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Press Democrat Wins Five Awards in Statewide Contest

The Press Democrat won five first- or second-place awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association's annual Better Newspapers Contest, including the top overall award for an online publication.
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Sonoma Raceway to Host Verihealth High Speed Blood Drive, May 5

BloodSource and Sonoma Raceway will team up to give blood donors a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the 14th annual verihealth High-Speed Blood Drive at Sonoma Raceway on Monday, May 5.
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Sonoma State University Professor the Newest “Fellow” on Campus

The American Institute of Certified Planners inducted urban planner Thomas Jacobson, J.D., of Rohnert Park, into the AICP’s College of Fellows on Sunday, April 27, at a black-tie ceremony as part of the 2014 National Planning Conference in Atlanta.
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Canine Companions CEO Corey Hudson to Retire

Corey Hudson did not conceive the idea of training gentle dogs to perform simple, daily functions that might profoundly enhance the lives of people without use of their arms and/or legs.
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Why BioMarin's Gene Therapy Initially Targets One Type of Hemophilia Instead of Another

When researchers at University College London used a gene therapy to effectively cure six patients of hemophilia B, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. took notice.
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COMCAST AND NBCUNIVERSAL RANK AMONG TOP 50 COMPANIES FOR DIVERSITY

We are proud to have been named among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc for the second consecutive year.
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Redwood Credit Union Volunteers Assist Effort to Restore Natural Habitat

A team of 21 Redwood Credit Union (RCU) employees and family members, along with approximately 60 other community volunteers recently participated in the 5th Annual Laguna de Santa Rosa Re-Leaf Day—a local tree-planting effort to help restore the degraded habitat area along Irwin Creek near the Laguna. More than 600 trees and shrubs were planted at the event.
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Midstate Construction Does The Grove at Sunset Court

Owner Grove Sunset L.P., Optimus Construction, Inc and Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed the The Grove at Sunset Court in Brentwood.
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Sonoma Raceway Hosting Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Qualifier

Sonoma Raceway has hosted record-breaking wins and historic racing moments, but this June will mark the first time the raceway has ever hosted a hot dog eating contest.
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PG&E Installs More Than 100,000 Solar Panels

PG&E continues to chart its course as a national leader in renewable energy. The company is now home to more solar rooftop installations than any other place in the country.
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Autodesk's Fusion 360 Software is Being Used by AMP'D Gear to Develop Next-Generation Prosthetic Equipment

When Bill Spracher, the lead designer and engineer at AMP’D Gear, and Jeff Tiedeken, a master fabricator and hydraulics designer at Monkey Likes Shiny, collaborated to quickly and inexpensively design a next-generation, all-terrain prosthetic leg, the pair turned to Autodesk Fusion 360 software help tackle the project.
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North Bay Business Journal Names 2014 Corporate Philanthropy Awards Recipients

Twenty North Bay businesses and organizations have been selected for the Business Journal’s inaugural Corporate Philanthropy Awards.
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St. Joseph Health Merges With Redwood Regional

St. Joseph Health and Redwood Regional Medical Group, the largest physician-owned group in North Bay, have merged operations, with the Santa Rosa-based medical group becoming part of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare and its affiliated Annadel Medical Group, officials said Monday.
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North Bay Business Journal Names 2014 Forty Under 40

The Business Journal today released the names of the winners of its eighth annual Forty Under 40 awards.
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Dominican Receives Record $17.5 Million Gift; Business School to be Named for Donor

Dominican University of California today announced the receipt of the largest single gift since the school opened in 1890, one expected to ultimately generate $25 million in new income and help fund the expansion of programs like a newly structured master’s degree in business administration.
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Kaiser Permanente Community Activity

Kaiser Permanente works hard to be active in the community. Take a look at their Community Update.
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Sonoma Raceway Seeks to Hold Non-Racing Events

Seeking to host a four-day rock festival as a way to refresh its operations and restore some lost revenue, Sonoma Raceway will seek permission to hold non-racing events at its Carneros wine region track.
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Marin Sanitary Services Launches Food Scraps-to-Energy Program for Restaurants

If you have a difficult time leaving food on your plate, your conscience will be relieved to learn that Marin has launched its first food scraps-to-energy program that turns leftover plant matter into renewable energy.
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Ghilotti Construction Company Recieves North Bay Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Award

Ghilotti Construction Company was selected to receive the Business Journal’s inaugural corporate philanthropy award
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BioMarin Completes $116M Purchase of San Rafael HQ

BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Nasdaq: BMRN) completed its $116.5 million purchase of the 13-acre San Rafael Corporate Center campus with headquarters for the developer of treatments for rare diseases, the seller said Tuesday.
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St. Joseph Health-Affiliated Hospital and Outpatient Surgical Center Cardiologists are the Bay Area’s First to Implant Miniature, Wireless Cardiac Monitor

New minimally invasive device provides remote monitoring to detect irregular heartbeats
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Comcast is Proud to Bring the Community Internet Essentials

Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month; the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150; and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.
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Sunny Hills Services Establishes Sonoma County Advisory Council

Community Leaders join forces to help further Agency’s Mission
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Agilent Event Aims to Get Girls Into Engineering

The task: create a structure to move a marble from above a table to the bottom. The supplies: a box containing toilet paper rolls, rulers, paper, pipe cleaners, tape, string, foil and more. The catch? Speed is the enemy: the more time it takes the marble to reach the end, the better.
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Agilent Technologies and More Sonoma County Businesses Running Clean

Toxic chemical releases from Sonoma County industries have declined steadily for six consecutive years, confirming the county's reputation as a magnet for clean business.
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George Lucas and Wife Donate $25 Million to Chicago School

Marin filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson are donating $25 million to a prestigious private school on Chicago's South Side.
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Nelson Wins Inavero’s 2014 Best of Staffing Awards for Client and Candidate Satisfaction

Nelson announced today it has been named as one of Inavero’s 2014 Best of Staffing Award winners on both the Client side and the Talent side.
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Canine Companions for Independence to Hold Panel on Autism

On March 6th, we will welcome three experts to the Jean and Charles Schulz campus in Santa Rosa to discuss autism and social communication in a panel discussion: Dr. Grace Gengoux of Stanford University, Judi Campbell of the Morgan Autism Center, and Laurel Whyte of the Contra Costa County School District.
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Medtronic’s Santa Rosa Group Third-Quarter Sales Rise

Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) on Tuesday reported global fiscal third-quarter sales for its Santa Rosa-based Cardiac and Vascular group of $2.119 billion, up 1 percent from a year before.
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Sonoma State University Driving $3 Million Grant for Innovations in STEM Education in Mendocino High Schools

Two SSU education groups have teamed up to win a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement an innovative curriculum that will bring hands-on science and engineering to Mendocino County high schools.
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Dominican's Penguins Win a Academic Achievement Award

For the fourth straight year, Dominican University of California has captured the Pacific West Conference Academic Achievement Award.
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Agilent Technologies Reports First-Quarter 2014 Results

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today reported orders of $1.68 billion, down 2 percent over one year ago, for the first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2014, and revenues of $1.68 billion, flat compared with one year ago. First-quarter GAAP net income was $195 million, or $0.58 per share. Last year's first-quarter GAAP net income was $179 million, or $0.51 per share.
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Comcast Deal Seeks to Unite 2 Cable Giants

Comcast announced on Thursday an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable for more than $45 billion in stock, a deal that would combine the biggest and second-biggest cable television operators in the country.
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PG&E Hydroelectric Exhibit Debuts at Children’s Museum in Sonoma County

For years, Collette Michaud had a vision to build a children’s museum in Sonoma County’s largest city. And now her dream is nearly complete.
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Redwood Credit Union Marks Another Record Year

Redwood Credit Union on Wednesday announced a second consecutive year of record results in 2013.
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Autodesk is a Key Player in Obama's Announcement to Pledge $750 Million for Student Technology

Business leaders have pledged more than $750 million as part of a White House initiative to strengthen access to technology for 99 percent of students within five years, President Obama announced on Tuesday.
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PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship Program

PG&E believes in education and the power that it has in strengthening our communities. Education is one of our main community priorities—in addition to economic and community vitality, environmental stewardship, and volunteerism. That’s why we’re again awarding 100 scholarships this spring through the PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship program. Winners will receive full-ride college scholarships of up to $20,000 per year (for up to five years) and finalists will receive one-time awards of $2,000.
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AT&T and Other Tech, Telecom Giants Donate $750 Million in iPads, Wireless Service to Schools

Several tech and telecom firms on Tuesday will announce $750 million in donations of free iPads, software and wireless service to U.S. schools, part of President Obama’s push to bolster the education system with better technology and faster Internet speeds.
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“Lucas Cultural Arts Museum To Explore Alternative Sites"

In light of today’s announcement by the Presidio Trust, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum’s executive team is considering alternative sites.
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AT&T Invites You to SAVE THE DATE

RSA: Where the world talks security
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AT&T Applauds the FCC on IP

Ken Mcneely, AT&T President of California, appplauds the Obama administration for their forward-thinking.
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Sunny Hills Services Kathie Jacobson Joins as COO

Kathie Jacobson recently joined Sunny Hills Services in the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO). Sunny Hills Services offers an array of programs throughout the Bay Area for children and youth who struggle with mental illness and support for their families and caregivers.
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PG&E DELIVERS RECORD ELECTRIC RELIABILITY FOR CUSTOMERS IN 2013

Investment in Infrastructure Projects and Smart Grid Technology Resulted in PG&E Safely Delivering Record Electric Reliability for Customers
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Kaiser Invests in Big Data Company Health Catalyst

Kaiser Permanente Ventures, the venture arm of the Oakland-based health care giant, is one of the big investors in a $41 million Series C round at big data company Health Catalyst.
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We support the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum

Not too long ago in a galaxy of our own, George Lucas went into retirement. With the sale of his own galaxy/production company to The Walt Disney Company just over two years ago, Mr. Lucas showed signs that he was far from done creating.
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Comcast, NBCUniversal, 49ers Announce 10-Year Partnership

Fans of 49ers football just got more access to the team – virtually, at least – thanks to a major partnership with one of the nation’s media giants.
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Sutter Invests $8.15 Million in Telehealth Company MDLive

Sutter Health, one of Northern California's biggest health care systems, invested $8.15 million in MDLive, a national Sunrise, Fla.-based telehealth company.
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Sutter Health - Large Business of the Year

Healthcare and our community are in a state of transformation. Nothing embodies this more than the development that can be seen up and down the 101 corridor. Sutter Health’s new hospital on Mark West Springs road will be opening in October. This project brings more than $300 million to the area and 1,500+ jobs.
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Sonoma State University Announces New Home for its Wine Business Institute and Seed Gift from Korbel's Gary Heck

Sonoma State University President Ruben Armiñana announced that its Wine Business Institute will have a new permanent home on campus in the former University Commons building, which was recently vacated with the opening of SSU's new Student Center.
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Agilent to be Renamed Keysight

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the name of the electronic measurement company it expects to spin off in early November 2014 as Keysight Technologies.
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Autodesk Acquires circuits.io

It’s been little over a year since we launched circuits.io and it has been a roller coaster ride ever since. Just a couple of months ago we created 123D Circuits as a partnership with Autodesk, the easiest and most playful way to design, experiment with and order electronics on-line.
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BioMarin to Buy San Rafael Corporate Center for $116.5 million; Plans to Build Two More Buildings

San Rafael-based BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase the San Rafael Corporate Center for $116.5 million.
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St. Joseph Health Taps Carvolth to Oversee Sonoma County

St. Joseph Health on Monday said it named Richard Carvolth, M.D., as its chief medical officer for Sonoma County operations, which include two hospitals and a number of clinics and other care facilities.
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Autodesk Ranked #1 of 100 Public Companies for its GHG Target-Setting Methodology (“C-FACT”)

#1 rank in the world’s first science-based carbon rating by Climate Counts.
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PG&E EMPLOYEES PLEDGE $6.5 MILLION TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Annual “Campaign for the Community” Raises Funds for Nonprofit Organizations
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AgCredit plans 120,000-square-foot ‘ag center’

American AgCredit is moving forward with a long-held vision to cast its new Santa Rosa headquarters as a hub for other agriculture organizations, more than doubling the planned size with a single 120,000-square-foot office building near Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport.
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Autodesk Helps Schools Gain STEAM

About 50 educators from Marin — from teachers to county Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke — visited San Rafael-based Autodesk's San Francisco office last week to learn about the software the company is offering to schools for free.
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Midstate Construction Builds the Burlington Coat Factory Facade Renovation

Owner Kimco Realty Corporation and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed the Burlington Coat Factory Facade Renovation at the Westlake Center in Daly City.
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Kaiser Permanente Storefronts Bring Insurance Options to Consumers

Kaiser Permanente has opened new retail stores in several Northern California communities and is sending fully staffed mobile vehicles to community events to help explain health insurance options to residents now able to buy coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and to help them enroll in Kaiser Permanente coverage.
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Marin Economy Shows Strength Heading Into New Year

Though the mood in Marin is by no means one of exuberance, the county is on solid economic footing and the outlook for the coming year is favorable, many residents, merchants and experts say.
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Sonoma Raceway Hosts More than 200 Children at their ‘Race to the Holidays’ Christmas Party

More than 400 people enjoyed a day of holiday cheer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday at the 9th annual Race to the Holidays Christmas Party.
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Santa Rosa Junior College Welcomes Back The Community

There's big news at Santa Rosa Junior College.
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Sausalito-based Glassdoor to receive $50 million in capital

Glassdoor, the Sausalito-based job-search site that offers the workforce a forum to grade their employers, is receiving $50 million from investors to expand its global reach — and in the process, add jobs in Marin County.
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PG&E Preps for Whatever Havoc Mother Nature Wreaks This Winter

For PG&E, something as simple as keeping work truck rear-view mirrors free of water spots can make a big difference when it comes to staying safe during this upcoming storm season.
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PG&E Grants $250,000 in Support to Local Economic Vitality and Job Creation

PG&E has provided $25,000 grants to 10 organizations in Northern and Central California that encourage job training and development.
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Burr Pilger Mayer's Carol Spindler O'Hara Becomes a Founding Member of the California Wine Museum

California Wine Museum Advancing Rapidly
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North Bay Leadership Council Congratulates the 2013 Spirit of Sonoma Honorees

North Bay Leadership Council wants to congratulate all of the Honorees for the 2013 Spirit of Sonoma Awards. We would like to give a special congratulations for our four North Bay Leadership Council members were honored.
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American AgCredit Names New CEO

American AgCredit’s board of directors has named Byron Enix as its incoming president and CEO, a position he will assume after retirement of current president and CEO Ron Carli on Jan. 31, 2014.
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Congratulations Sutter Health for Being Awarded the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's Excellence in Business & Citizen of the Year Award Winners

Each year, the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce recognizes member companies, organizations and individuals who have made a significant, positive impact on the well-being of our community and economy.
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Autodesk Plans Big Boost to Its Employee Stock Plan

Design software maker Autodesk Inc. scheduled a special shareholder meeting Jan. 14 for a vote on adding 11.35 million shares to its employee stock plan.
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Sonoma State University and Morehead State University Students Build a Satellite

A very small satellite built by a team of Sonoma State University (SSU) and Morehead State University (MSU) students has been successfully launched into outer space to measure the magnetic field of the earth.
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Dominican University Professor Lighting Path Toward Next Generation of Anti-Malaria Drugs

AT 11 A.M. ON the day before Thanksgiving, a sleepy Roland Cooper sits at his desk at Dominican University of California in San Rafael after an early morning flight from New Mexico.
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Buck Institute Partners With USC on ‘Aging’ Ph.D

The Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology announced a joint Ph.D program in the “biology of aging” in an effort to tackle the rising prevalence of age-related diseases.
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Medtronic to Give $450,000 in Health Care Grants

Medtronic operations in Santa Rosa recently selected the Redwood Community Health Coalition, Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, Jewish Community Free Clinic and Operation Access to receive a total of $450,000 in Health Access Grants from Medtronic Philanthropy over the next two years.
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Sonoma Raceway Distributes More Than 7,300 Pounds of Food to Area Food Banks

Sonoma Raceway is at full speed this holiday season, distributing more than 7,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and the Napa Valley Food Bank following the raceway's 13th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
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Autodesk in San Rafael Donates $51.4 Million in Software to Cornell University

Autodesk has donated $51.4 million-worth of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software to Cornell University in an effort to familiarize students with the tools they will use in their professional jobs.
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Kaiser Pledges Up to $1 Million for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Kaiser Permanente has pledged up to $1 million for relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit Nov. 8, killing thousands and creating massive devastation.
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Sonoma Raceway Events Generate $300,000 for North Bay Non-Profits

Speedway Children’s Charities Raises More than $234,000
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Comcast Business Awarded North America Service Provider of the Year by the Metro Ethernet Forum

Comcast Business today announced that it won multiple awards in the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet Awards for North America, including the prestigious Service Provider of the Year. The company also won Best Marketing and Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application for an Ethernet network deployment with the Denver Broncos.
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Midstate Construction Corporation Recently Completed the Beautifully Designed Sweetwater Spectrum Community in Sonoma

Owner Sweetwater Spectrum, Inc. and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed the beautifully designed Sweetwater Spectrum Community in Sonoma.
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Buck Institute, USC Target Fall 2014 Launch of Biology of Aging Ph.D. Program

The Buck Institute for Research on Aging and USC will create the nation's first Ph.D. program in the biology of aging.
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BioMarin's Latest Discovery Could Mean a Leap for Rare Disease Patients

A few steps stand between BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. and another rare disease drug approval.
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Securitas Security Services USA Earns Military Friendly Employer Title

Securitas Security Services USA, Inc. announced today that it has earned the 2014 Military Friendly Employer® title byVictory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse. Companies competed for the elite Military Friendly Employer® title via a data-driven survey of over 5,000 companies with resulting survey data independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Criteria for the survey included a benchmark score across key programs and policies such as strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs, and policies on National Guard and Reserve service.
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Redwood Credit Union Collects for Philippines Typhoon Relief

The $2.3 billion Redwood Credit Union in Santa Rosa, Calif., said its 18 branches have been designated as American Red Cross collection sites for relief for Philippines storm victims and their families.
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PG&E Corporation: PG&E Ranked Among Top-100 Military-Friendly Employers

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has been designated as a 2014 Top-100 Military Friendly Employer® by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs Magazine. This is the second consecutive year, and the third time overall, that the utility has been recognized by the publication. The annual rankings are based on the strength of company military recruiting efforts, the percentage of new hires with previous military service, retention programs and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service.
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Medtronic Responds to Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

Medtronic announced today a grant of $100,000 to the Philippines Red Cross to support relief efforts in the areas affected by the Super Typhoon Haiyan on November 8.
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Comcast Offers Free Calls To Philippines, Free Filipino Channel

In the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Comcast Corp. Wednesday announced that it is offering free calls to the Philippines to its 10.5 million Xfinity Voice residential customers.
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Burr Pilger Mayer Inc. Opens St. Helena Office

The San Francisco-based accounting and consulting firm Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. has opened an office at 1432 Main St., the former location of Crush, Joel Gott Wines and Napa Valley Think Tank.
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Lucas Arts Center is the Clear Favorite for the Presidio Trust

The powers at the Presidio Trust are trying to swing a deal that would allow "Star Wars" creator George Lucas to build his museum at Crissy Field while making room elsewhere in the park for a pair of competing proposals, sources tell us.
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Sonoma State University's New Student Center to Mark Grand Opening With Day of Festivities. Nov. 13

The doors of Sonoma State University’s new Student Center will open with a grand afternoon celebration, featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony, self-guided tours, and giveaways on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The public is invited to attend.
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Midstate Construction Lands College of Marin Performing Arts Center Project

Owner Marin Community College District and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed the College of Marin Performing Arts Building Modernization project in Kentfield, designed by Marcy Wong & Donn Logan Architects of Berkeley.
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Sonoma State University Hires Zarin Mehta to Join the Green Music Center (GMC)

Zarin Mehta to Join Green Music Center (GMC) at Sonoma State University
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Comcast's Internet Essentials Program Reaches 1 Million Low-Income Americans

Comcast hits a major milestone attracting 1 million customers to their internet essentials program.
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Basin Street Properties Acquires Marquee Waterfront Property, Shoreline Office Center, in Southern Marin

Rapidly Growing Startup Glassdoor to Anchor the Two-Building Office Complex that Boasts a Bayside Location, Stellar Views and Numerous Small-Midsize Suite Options
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Redwood Credit Union Creates Miracles on International Credit Union Day

RCU Donates $32,000 to Credit Unions for Kids, Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
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Sonoma State University Ranks Among Most Affordable Colleges

Sonoma State University has been named one of 62 California colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment according to rankings announced by AffordableCollegesOnline.org
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Sutter Health's Novato Community Hospital the Only California Hospital to Achieve 2013 Healthgrades Honors for Both Patient Safety Excellence and Outstanding Patient Experience

Healthgrades named Novato Community Hospital (NCH) as the top hospital in California for both patient safety and patient experience in 2013 -- among just 95 hospitals (2%) nationwide to win both excellence awards.
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Kaiser Receives Trauma Designation in Solano County

Kaiser Permanente’s Vacaville Medical Center on Thursday was awarded level 2 trauma designation, beating out Fairfield-based NorthBay Healthcare, after the Solano County Emergency Medical Services Board accepted a recommendation from the American College of Surgeons.
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Congratulations to The 2013 Champions For Children Awards Recipients

North Bay Leadership Council wants to congratulate our members and all of the award recipients for the 2013 Champions for Children Awards.
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Redwood Credit Union Hosts Blood Drive

RCU Employees and Community Members Donate Blood to Save Up to 39 Lives.
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Redwood Credit Union Pledges $1M in Microbusiness Loans

Redwood Credit Union and Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County have launched a new collaborative lending program that aims to provide up to $1 million in loans to so-called microbusinesses and startups, the two organizations announced.
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Agilent's New Enterprise Expected to Grow

About 80 new positions will be created in Santa Rosa by the new electronic measurement company that will be headquartered here after it is spun off from Agilent Technologies, company officials said.
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Redwood Credit Union Exceeds United Way Campaign Goal

RCU’s Employee Giving Campaign Contributes Over $96,000 to Local United Ways
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Basin Street Properties to Break Ground on New Building for Cyan, Inc. at Redwood Business Center

New Office Facility is Sonoma County’s First in Several Years
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Redwood Credit Union Helps Community Shred 28 Tons of Confidential Documents

Nearly 1,400 Attend RCU’s 2013 Annual Shred-a-Thon Security Events
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American AgCredit Acquires Petaluma Insurance Firm

American AgCredit has acquired a Petaluma company that provides crop insurance for grape growers and dairy farmers.
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SolarCraft Brings Solar Power to Sonoma’s Sweetwater Spectrum

Novato and Sonoma based SolarCraft announced the completion of a 51 kW solar electric and solar pool heating system at Sweetwater Spectrum community in Sonoma, CA, a residential development geared specifically for adults with autism. The photovoltaic and solar pool heating systems will provide energy savings for its community for many decades.
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Medtronic Named One of the World's Leading Compnaies for Sustainability

Medtronic, Inc. is one of the world's leading companies for sustainability, according to new ratings released today. For the third year in a row, Medtronic was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), which analyzes companies on a variety of sustainability criteria, including economic performance, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. This adds to the recognition Medtronic received earlier this year from FTSE4Good.
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Redwood Credit Union Supports United Way with Employee Volunteer Days Around the North Bay

Projects Completed at Non-Profits in Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino and Napa Counties; Annual Drive Raises more than $90,000.
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Santa Rosa Junior College Adds Agribusiness coordinator

An evolutionary period for the agriculture and natural resources department at Santa Rosa Junior College has continued into the college’s fall semester, with the hiring of a full-time agribusiness instructor and coordinator expected to advance efforts to familiarize students with the business principles behind farming and food.
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Agilent Technologies to split into two companies

Agilent Technologies announced plans Thursday to split itself into two separate companies, and one of the new companies will be headquartered in Santa Rosa.
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BioMarin Trial Begins Batten Disease Battle

An experimental drug from BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. will take on a deadly rare childhood disease that currently has no treatment.
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Hanson Bridgett LLP Named One of Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers “50 Best Law Firms For Women” For Excellence in Flexibility and Leadership

Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers today named Hanson Bridgett LLP as one of the 2013 Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers “50 Best Law Firms for Women.”
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Buck Institute for Research on Aging Has Two New Doctors Join The Faculty

Doctors Pejmun Haghighi and Jennifer Garrison have joined the Buck Institute For Research on Aging faculty in Novato.
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Autodesk to Offer Pay-As-You-Go Software

Software giant Autodesk is shifting to pay-as-you-go “rental” licenses for much of its most popular software for visual effects, animation, and content creation.
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Nelson Selects Donna Farrugia as New CEO

Donna Farrugia, an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of marketing, business development, and management experience, has been appointed CEO of the Nelson Family of Companies, effective September 9, 2013.
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PG&E Team Develops Smart Resources for Response to Gas Emergencies

Although natural disasters and other emergencies are unpredictable and often beyond control, what can be controlled is the response to these situations.
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Comcast, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miami Dade County Schools and the Miami Dade League of Cities officially kick off year three of the national program to bridge the digital divide. Comcast also announces another speed increase, more than tripling download speeds for customers since the program’s launch.

With the start of the new school year, Comcast is re-launching Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Miami Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Miami Dade League of Cities President and Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn, and Comcast Executive Vice President David L Cohen, along with civic and community leaders, today kicked off the program’s third year and announced that, in about 22 months, more than 220,000 families, benefiting an estimated 900,000 low-income Americans nationwide, now have a broadband connection at home.
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Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Pre-Pregnancy Hormone Testing May Indicate Gestational Diabetes Risk

Kaiser Permanente study finds low adiponectin levels prior to pregnancy linked to high risk of gestational diabetes
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Agilent's New Technology Creates Nano Art

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have recreated the world’s most famous painting – the Mona Lisa – on the world’s smallest canvas.
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Redwood Credit Union Offers 7th Annual Free Document Shredding Event

Redwood Credit Union's “Shred-a-Thon” Promotes Information Security with Shredding Service, Seminar and More.
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Canine Companions for Independence Named New Executive Director

Nicole Mouton heads the organization’s Northwest Region
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Kaiser Permanente to Sponsor 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games

Kaiser Permanente has announced that it will serve as a founding champion sponsor and the official Total Health partner for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.
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Sonoma Raceway Raises more than $50,000 for Youth Groups During NHRA Weekend

Charitable events combined to raise more than $50,000 for Sonoma County youth groups during the 26th NHRA Sonoma Nationals event weekend at Sonoma Raceway, July 26-28.
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Domincan University Hires New Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement

Congratulations to Kathy Park for being hired by Dominican University as their new Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Engagement.
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Sonoma Raceway Breaks Ground on New Raceway Garden

The raceway and Levy Restaurants hosted a ceremonial ground breaking for the new Sonoma Raceway Garden on Tuesday.
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North Bay Leadership Council's Cynthia Murray Wants to Keep Marin Working

THE DRACONIAN CHANGES proposed by a coalition of conservation organizations (Marin Voice, April 14) would help destroy the very foundation that makes the Marin we know and love possible today and sustainable tomorrow.
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Securitas Spotlight May 2013

Securitas Security Services gives you tips for the month of May.
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Les Perry is Honored at the James B. and Billie Keegan Leadership Series

Les Perry will be the 2013 Leadership Award Recipient for the James B. and Billie Keegan Leadership Series.
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George Lucas, Parks Conservancy Final Picks For Presidio Commissary Site

The Presidio Trust has narrowed the list of 16 proposals to three to build a cultural institution in the park’s former commissary site on Crissy Field.
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Basin Street Properties Continues to Add Tenants to Petaluma Properties

Sonoma County’s Largest Landlord Signs Tenant Expansion, Adds Diverse Mix of Businesses to Sought-After Properties in the Area
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Medtronic, Inc. Gets Affinity Fusion Oxygenation System Approved by FDA

Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance and the first U.S. clinical uses of its new Affinity Fusion oxygenation system.
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Sonoma Raceway is Hosting Two Motorcycle Events to Benefit Speedway Children’s Charities

Motorcycle riders can enjoy a high-speed day on the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway or a scenic ride through Wine Country all in the name of charity, May 1 and May 3.
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George Lucas Has Made The U.S. Economy 3 Percent Bigger Than We Thought

Huzzah! America’s economy is around $400 billion bigger than you thought it was.
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Kaiser Permanente is Seen as The Face of Future Health Care

When people talk about the future of health care, Kaiser Permanente is often the model they have in mind.
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Redwood Credit Union Plants Trees for Sustainability

RCU Volunteers Assist Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation to Restore Local Oak Woodlands Ecosystem.
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Basin Street Properties, Sonoma County’s Largest Landlord, Adds Four New Tenants to Waterfall Towers in Santa Rosa

Wedbush Securities, Salmon-Felte Insurance and Financial Services, TeamLogic IT and Pinnacle Abrasives Join Existing Tenants.
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Sonoma Raceway to Host 13th Annual High Speed Blood Drive, April 29

Community members and race fans alike can enjoy the ride of a lifetime and help save lives during the 13th annual High Speed Blood Drive at Sonoma Raceway on Monday, April 29.
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PG&E Pays $293 Million to California Cities and Counties

Utility Pays Franchise Fees and Property Taxes to 49 Counties and 243 Cities in Its Service Area.
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PG&E Named One of America's Best Corporate Citizens

Utility Ranks 37th among United States Companies in “100 Best Corporate Citizens” List Published by CR Magazine.
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PG&E Announces Enhanced Green Energy Program to Give Electric Customers More Renewable Options

PG&E Reaches Agreement With Consumer, Labor and Other Groups on Community Solar Alternative.
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Autodesk Celebrates 'National Robotics Week'

Autodesk hosted "Design Night: Robots!" on Thursday to celebrate National Robotics Week, which this year features more than 125 robotics-based events, demonstrations and workshops in 50 states aimed at inspiring innovators in science, technology, engineering and math.
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Buck Institute for Research on Aging Opens Learning Center and Introduces Scientists as Artists April 20, 2013

The Buck Institute for Research on Aging will have its grand opening of the Buck Institute Learning Center on April 20, 2013.
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Sunny Hills Services’ Gang Prevention Program Receives Petaluma Community Foundation Grant

Sunny Hills Services’ Community Engagement and Youth Development (CEYD) program was recently awarded an $8,000 grant from the Petaluma Community Foundation in recognition of their work toward improving the lives of youth in the community.
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Redwood Credit Union Names New Windsor Branch Manager

Dawn Leandro to Oversee Windsor Branch Operations & Community Relations.
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Securitas Spot April 2013

National Weather Service’s research on floods shows some alarming facts. In the last 30 years the average number of fatalities due to flood in the USA is 95 annually. Many people fail to survive the flood because of ignorance of safety methods. Floods, especially flash floods, cannot always be predicted. It is very important to recognize a potential threat and execute a plan that can keep us, our families, our friends and our neighbors safe. This newsletter is a preparedness guide that will equip you with all the knowledge that you need to survive a flood.
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North Bay Leadership Council Involved in Grants That Will Support ‘Cradle to Career’ Workforce Development Strategy

State-funded nonprofit First 5 Sonoma County granted $1.38 million to an early childhood and parent education “campus” at Santa Rosa’s Lawrence Cook Middle School, part of $5.13 million in one-time grants to support what educators and employers call the “cradle to career” approach to workforce development.
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Kaiser Permanente is The Face of Future Health Care

When people talk about the future of health care, Kaiser Permanente is often the model they have in mind.
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Congratulations to Our Members That Won North Bay Business Journals 2013 Forty Under 40

The Business Journal has released the names of the winners of its seventh-annual Forty Under 40 awards.
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Autodesk Acquires Firehole Composites

Autodesk Inc., today said it completed the acquisition of a Wyoming-based developer of software for design and analysis of composite materials.
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Kaiser Permanente Tops J.D. Power Rankings in California for Sixth Consecutive Year; Health Net Trails Pack

Kaiser Permanente is on top of the J.D. Power and Associates health plan rankings once again, heading the parade for the sixth year in a row in a study released Monday morning.
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Sunny Hills Services Announces the Irene M. Hunt School of Marin

Sunny Hills Services is pleased to announce The Marin Academic Center is now the Irene M. Hunt School of Marin.
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North Bay Leadership Council is a Part of North Bay iHub's Expansion

The North Bay innovation Hub (North Bay iHub) is pleased to announce the addition of new partners who have aggregated their metrics as part of a request of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-­‐‑Biz) to further enhance California’s entrepreneurial ecosystem thru the promotion of innovation as a community building and job creation tool.
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Securitas Spotlight March 2013

Securitas highlights the importance of safety and teaches you how to react to an active shooter.
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Nelson Makes 2013 Best of Staffing List for Client Satisfaction

Nelson announced today that it has been named to Inavero’s 2013 Best of Staffing Client list of award winners.
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Midstate Construction Completed the Mendocino College Library/Learning Resource Center

Owner Mendocino Lake Community College District and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed the Library/Learning Resource Center project at the Mendocino Community College Campus in Ukiah.
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Autodesk Praised at Recent TED Conference

From an environmentalist who wants to revive extinct species to a software company seeking to design molecules, Marin County is well represented at this week's TED Conference, the annual gathering of elites from the technology industry and creative fields.
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Codding CEO Joins the Board of Directors of Summit State Bank

Brad Baker, president and chief executive officer of Rohnert Park-based Codding Investments, the developer of Coddingtown regional mall and Sonoma Mountain Village, joined the board of directors of Summit State Bank.
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Press Democrat Honored for Pension Reports

The Press Democrat will receive the James Madison Award from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter for its coverage of the Sonoma County pension system.
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Agilent, Pfizer to be Diagnostic Partners

Agilent Technologies Inc. said Tuesday that it will work with Pfizer Inc., the biggest drug company in the world, to develop diagnostic tests.
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Comcast to Acquire Rest of NBC

Comcast said Tuesday that it's buying the rest of NBCUniversal from General Electric for $16.7 billion, doing so several years early as the company takes advantage of low borrowing costs and what CEO Brian Roberts called a "very attractive price."
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St. Joseph Health hires new COO for Sonoma County

David Ziolkowski has been hired as chief operating officer of St. Joseph Health Sonoma County, where he will oversee Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals.
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College of Marin Accreditors Lift Warning

The accreditation agency overseeing College of Marin has lifted a warning it issued the college a year ago, citing marked accomplishment in addressing issues that could have lead to loss of accreditation.
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WBE’s Traffic Division Takes on Role of GC for CalTrans Smart Corridor Project

Traffic Division Manager Brian Finley and PM Rick Brumm submitted the winning bid for a $7.82 million dollar commuter enhancement in San Mateo County.
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St. Joseph Health System's Memorial Hospital Buys Majority Stake in Advanced Surgery Institute

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and Advanced Surgery Institute, LLC, have entered a joint venture on operations of a central Santa Rosa ambulatory surgery center, where 19 local surgeons from a wide range of medical specialties have performed outpatient procedures since its opening in 2010, it was announced today.
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Kaiser Permanente's Patricia Kendall Receives San Rafael 'Citizen of the Year' Award

Local hospital administrator and community volunteer Patricia Kendall has been named San Rafael's "Citizen of the Year." She accepted her award Monday at a San Rafael City Council meeting, expressing surprise and appreciation.
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Midstate Construction Recently Completed Amorosa Village in Santa Rosa, Offering 150 Units of Affordable Housing

Developer Burbank Housing Development Corporation and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed Amorosa Village Phase 1, the second phase of a new 150 unit affordable housing construction project in Santa Rosa.
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Securitas Takes Training to Heart

February likely calls to mind Valentine’s Day and images of heart shaped candy boxes and lace trimmed paper hearts exchanged in classrooms. But the connection between February and hearts goes even deeper.
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SRJC embarks on sweeping strategic review

Santa Rosa Junior College is embarking on a multi-year strategic planning process that participants say is of unprecedented scope in the college’s 95-year history, with hope that widespread community participation will strengthen a longstanding spirit of collaboration between the college, the regional business community and other stakeholders throughout the North Bay.
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Sutter's Novato Community Hospital Designated Primary Stroke Center, Recognizing Superior Results

Novato Community Hospital has been designated a Primary Stroke Center, a certification that recognizes our superior medical results for stroke patients.
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Agilent Places 59 in the 2013 Global 100 List of Most Sustainable Large Corporations

The Global 100 is an annual project initiated by Corporate Knights Inc.
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Agilent Technologies Makes The List of 10 Best Employer Brands on Facebook

Employer branding is how an organization creates a reputation for themselves. Every company wants to be known as someone you want to work for, buy from, and talk positively about. A lot of companies rely on social networks to build and maintain their brand. With over 1 billion people on Facebook, there are a wealth of potential employees. Smart brands know it is essential to build a great Facebook page. Why not turn a fan into your next hire?
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Agilent marks 40 years in Sonoma County

The company arrived in Santa Rosa in 1972 — soon to set up shop on 200 acres in Fountaingrove — and put its pioneering high-tech stamp on a largely agricultural community of about 50,000 residents.
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PG&E Encourages Businesses to make Their New Years Resolution to get a PG&E Business Energy Checkup

Owning or working in a small or medium sized business means you likely wear several hats, and don’t always have the time to research opportunities to save your company money. If you’re looking to save money for your business in 2013, PG&E can help you make several energy efficiency resolutions that put money back in your pocket right away.
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Autodesk expands San Francisco offices (again) as 3D printing blossoms

Design and engineering software giant Autodesk will expand its San Francisco office footprint as the demand for 3D modeling and printing soars.
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North Bay Leadership Weighs in on Governor's Remarks on Environmental Law

Reaction in Marin was mixed Thursday after Gov. Jerry Brown affirmed his desire to amend the California Environmental Quality Act, a 43-year-old law that has become central to the approval process for development projects.
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Comcast SportsNet Bay Area going long on 49ers Super Bowl coverage

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area figures that Niners fans can’t get enough of the team in the run up to the Super Bowl. The cable broadcaster is going to have more than 100 hours of programming starting Jan. 27 until Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 3.
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BioMarin Seeks to Test Enzyme-Replacement Therapy in Batten Disease Patients

The Novato company (NASDAQ: BMRN), which made its name with enzyme-replacement therapies that tackle virtually unpronounceable orphan diseases like phenylketonuria and versions of mucopolysaccharidosis, expects to enroll the first patient by mid-year in an early-stage clinical trial in Batten Disease.
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College of Marin academic center advances

Three years after a plan for a landmark building at the edge of College of Marin's Kentfield campus became mired in controversy, a more modestly designed version of the project appears to be moving forward smoothly.
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Nancy Dobbs, President and CEO of KRCB-TV has Been Elected to the Palm Drive Health Care District

The Palm Drive Health Care District in Sebastopol has elected new officers for 2013.
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BPE Provides Clothing for Canine Companions for Independence for Presidential Inaugural Parade

Inaugural Dogs: A heap of lucky people will march Monday in the Inaugural Parade for President Obama, and so will 56 dogs.
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Marin Voice: Time to modernize CEQA so it is used properly

MOST PEOPLE would agree that if a school, hospital or road project has been subjected to extensive environmental review and met all federal, state and local environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Air Act, the project should go forward without being sued for purported environmental reasons.
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Burr Pilger Mayer Names Curtis Burr Chief Executive Officer

Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. (BPM), one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms on the West Coast, announced today that Curtis Burr has been appointed Chief Executive Officer in a planned transition that supports the firm’s focus on continued growth. Selected by BPM’s Board of Directors and ratified by the firm’s shareholders, Mr. Burr assumed his new role immediately.
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WBE Employees Give Service to St. Vincent de Paul Society Free Dining Room

Ten employees from WBE volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin’s Free Dining Room on Dec. 27 th and January 11th, to help feed Marin’s struggling residents.
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Comcast Scores on the air Due to Bay Area Teams’ Wins

The local affiliate of Comcast Corp. is seeing ratings spike in a number of different categories.
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St. Joseph Health System's Memorial Hospital Opens 2013 With Best Selling Authors

Each new year brings high hopes for New Year’s resolutions – whether it’s eating healthier, being more active or adopting other positive habits. But as the weeks progress, it often becomes increasingly difficult to stay motivated. To jump-start your healthy beginnings in 2013, don’t miss the annual kick-off event for Women’s Health at Memorial Hospital (WHAM) featuring best-selling authors Judi and Shari Zucker, known as “the Double Energy Twins.”
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St. Joseph Health System's Petaluma Valley Hospital will hold the 10th annual Gene and Bendetti Leadership Celebration Where They Will Be Honoring Don Ramatici

The 10th annual Gene and Evelyn Benedetti Leadership Celebration will be held the evening of Friday, May 3, 2013, on the campus of Petaluma Valley Hospital to recognize the legacy and benefit to the community that Gene and Evelyn Benedetti modeled so clearly during their lifetime. Petaluma businessman Don Ramatici has been chosen as recipient of the 2013 Gene and Evelyn Benedetti Leadership Award.
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Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael Honored at the Heart of Marin Awards

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael recieves award for Corporate Community Service.
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Autodesk closes on Acquisition of PI-VR

Autodesk has completed its buyout of privately held German software company PI-VR, a deal designed to broaden its work for the automobile industry.
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Nelson Family of Companies Wins Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce's Large Business of the Year Award

Nelson has been honored by the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and will be awarded the Large Business of the Year Award on January 31, 2013.
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St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin Announces New Executive Director

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin announces Blase Bova as new Executive Director.
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Redwood Credit Union Provides Over $7,700 to Red Cross Hurricane Relief Effort

RCU Collected More Than $3,500 in Member and Community Donations, Then Matched Funds
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SRJC Gift Grows to $6 Million Anonymous Donation

An anonymous donation to fund scholarships at Santa Rosa Junior College has grown to $6 million, following an additional $1 million gift from the original donor, the college announced today.
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Sutter foundation expands Santa Rosa health center

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation today announced the formal opening of its North Bay Health Plaza in northwest Santa Rosa, where the physician foundation affiliated with Sutter Health will operate the Advanced Imaging Center along with a host of new services and physicians.
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BioMarin acquires Zacharon for $10 million

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (NASDAQ: BRMN) today said it has acquired San Diego-based Zacharon Pharmaceuticals, a private biotechnology company focused on developing small molecules targeting pathways of glycan and glycolipid metabolism.
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Investor buys building occupied by Sutter

A Southern California real estate investment trust for medical office buildings purchased the 100,125-square-foot Sutter North Bay Health Plaza building, mostly occupied by Sutter Health, fronting on the west side of Highway 101 in northwest Santa Rosa.
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Autodesk Wants To Build A Better Software For Printing Human Tissue

Bioprinters--or 3-D printing hybrids that can print human tissue--have been around for a few years now. As the technology emerged, a single nagging question stuck out in the mind of this post-architecture school student: what’s the software of choice for a scientist modeling a human organ?
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Bay Area Science Festival

Over 7,000 visitors attended the second annual North Bay Discovery Day held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Hall of Flowers on October 27, 2012.
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PG&E’s Winter Gas Savings Program Helps Businesses Earn Bill Credit

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) recently announced the start of its Winter Gas Savings program, which gives eligible business and residential customers an opportunity to earn an automatic bill credit of up to 20 percent for reducing natural gas usage during peak months.
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Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed Fife Creek Commons

Developer Burbank Housing Development Corporation and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed Fife Creek Commons, a new affordable housing construction project in Guerneville.
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Lucasfilm, Marin foundation seek developers for Grady Ranch affordable housing

The Marin Community Foundation is seeking affordable developers to build up to 300 apartments on Grady Ranch in Marin County, a property filmmaker George Lucas had hoped to use for a new film studio.
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Agilent Technologies Congratulates Team at CERN for Measuring What Many Thought Immeasurable

Agilent Technologies Inc. offers its congratulations to the team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, more commonly known as CERN, for discovering--at 99.9999 percent confidence--what is almost certainly the long-sought Higgs boson, an elementary particle that had been predicted to exist for theoretical reasons. Agilent is proud to have provided technology that played a part in this landmark discovery.
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Catholic Charities CYO Making Dreams a Reality

Catholic Charities CYO is helping children apply for a delay in immigration action and a two year work permit.
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Buck Institute Researchers Identify Potentially New Avenues for Fighting Huntington's Disease

Scientists searching for ways to develop treatments for Huntington’s disease (HD) just got a roadmap that could dramatically speed their discovery process
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Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, Distributes $269,000 to Youth Groups

The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities will distribute $269,680 to 38 youth organizations in Sonoma County for the 2012 season.
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Sutter agrees to donate Warrack Hospital campus to youth services nonprofit SAY

Social Advocates for Youth announced that Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa has offered the Warrack Hospital campus as a donation, a development that would allow the nonprofit to increase its capacity nearly five-fold while adding a number of new services.
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Redwood Credit Union is Now Hosting Holiday Food and Toy Drives

RCU Offers Holiday Gift and Food Drives at All Branch Locations to Help Local People in Need
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Purchase of Business Journal, Press Democrat, Argus-Courier completed

Sonoma Media Investments, LLC, owner of the Sonoma Index-Tribune and Sonoma magazine, on Thursday completed its purchase of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Petaluma Argus-Courier and North Bay Business Journal and revealed details about notable local investors and the management team behind a deal in the works since the beginning of this year.
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Sonoma Raceway Food Drive Nets More than 9,000 Pounds for Area Food Banks

Sonoma Raceway distributed more than 9,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks on Monday following the raceway's 12th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
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Dominican University receives $8 million gift

An $8 million gift to Dominican University of California – the largest in the 122-year-old college’s history — will fund the transformation of an historic Victorian mansion currently owned by the university into a state-of-the-art facility for students in the school’s rapidly growing nursing and occupational therapy programs, according to an announcement today from the San Rafael-based institution.
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Basin Street Properties, Sonoma County’s Largest Landlord, Creates Discount Program for Tenants

Basin Street Properties, a prominent Northern California and Northern Nevada real estate investor and developer of commercial and mixed-use properties, announces its new Tenant Advantage Program (TAP), which offers exclusive discounts and promotions for companies and their employees that work in properties owned by Basin Street.
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W. Bradley Electric Out in the Community

W. Bradley Electric is active in our community and giving back in more ways than one. Check out all that WBE is doing!
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W. Bradley Electric Wins Two Major Bids

W. Bradley Electric wins the opportunity to work for and with two outstanding companies.
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BioMarin shares jump on key product study results

BioMarin Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:BMRN) shares jumped by more than 30 percent Monday after the company announced a key study on its GALNS therapy ended, the first step in seeking regulatory approval for its treatment of the rare enzyme deficiency condition.
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Buck Institute receives $5 million gift

The Buck Institute for Research on Aging today said it received a $5 million donation from architecture entrepreneurs M. Arthur Gensler Jr. and Drucillia Cortell Gensler of Mill Valley.
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Redwood Credit Union Supports Hurricane Relief

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is now accepting contributions to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund to directly assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy on the east coast. All RCU branch locations have been designated as collection sites for donations from Members and the community.
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Wells Fargo gives $1M for Hurricane Sandy relief

To aid in the relief effort, Wells Fargo & Co. is donating $1 million to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and other grassroots nonprofits.
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George Lucas to give away part of $4B from sale to Disney

George Lucas plans to give away the majority of the $4.05 billion from the sale of Lucasfilm to Walt Disney to an undisclosed charity.
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Local Group to Buy The Press Democrat, Affiliated Publications

The Press Democrat and two affiliated publications in Sonoma County are being sold by Florida-based Halifax Media Group to a partnership that includes a group of local investors, the principals in the deal announced Thursday.
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Disney buying Lucasfilm Ltd., plans new 'Star Wars' films

The Walt Disney Co. says it is buying Lucasfilm Ltd. and its "Star Wars" franchise from founder, Chairman and CEO George Lucas in a $4.05 billion deal, and that it plans to release new "Star Wars" movies every two to three years starting in 2015.
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Ghilotti Bid is Lowest for Airport Blvd. Work

Ghilotti Construction of Santa Rosa was the low bidder on work to replace the Airport Boulevard overpass on Highway 101, which should be completed in to years, transportation officials said Wednesday.
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North Bay Leadership Council Congratulates Business Journal's Healthiest Companies

North Bay Leadership Council would like to congratulate all of our member companies that have been chosen as the healthiest companies.
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Medtronic Leases Second Airport Building

Medtronic’s CardioVascular division will expand into about 62,000 square feet next door to its current operations at the Airport Business Center.
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St. Joseph Health System's Queen of the Valley Hospital Receives $11M Gift

Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation today announced it received an $11 million gift from Tim Herman’s family, and it’s the largest gift in the hospital’s history.
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Raceway, St. Joseph Health Host Oct. 23 Event to Prevent Distracted Driving

The raceway in Sonoma, in partnership with St. Joseph Health of Sonoma County, Farmers Insurance and the California Highway Patrol, will host a hands-on driving simulation event to illustrate the dangers of distracted driving (e.g. driving while texting and other risky behaviors behind the wheel) on area roadways.
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American AgCredit to expand in Santa Rosa

American AgCredit, Sonoma County's largest financial institution, will stay in Santa Rosa and build a larger facility near the airport after rejecting a move to Denver.
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BioMarin Cuts Ribbon on New San Rafael campus

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. celebrated the opening of a new campus in San Rafael on Thursday.
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Autodesk’s Commitment to Clean Technology Benefits Thousands of Start-ups at Almost no Cost

Autodesk’s vision is to help users imagine, design, and create a better world. Every day, thousands of clean tech customers use Autodesk software to shape the world through their creations. Software they were able to get at almost no cost.
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Basin Street buys back 17 Santa Rosa buildings: Plans to invest $6 million over five years in upgrades

Basin Street Properties has regained its position as the largest owner of commercial real estate in Sonoma County with the repurchase of 17 Santa Rosa office buildings it sold seven years ago.
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NBLC Congratulates Our Members who made the North Bay Business Journal's List of Top North Bay Contractors of 2012

North Bay Leadership Council congratulates all of our members who made the North Bay Business Journal's Top Contractor's of the North Bay list of 2012
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Redwood Credit Union Gives 112% to Support Local Non-Profits RCU Contributes Over $95,000 in United Way Workplace Campaign

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) recently completed their 2012 United Way workplace giving campaign with total contributions of more than $95,000 – achieving 112% of their $85,000 fundraising goal to support local non-profits. The Credit Union offered several unique incentives to encourage employees to contribute: prize raffles, casual days, ice cream parties and other festivities.
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North Bay Leadership Council Congratulates Winners of North Bay Business Journal's Best Places to Work 2012


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Woodruff-Sawyer starts policy-shopping site

Woodruff-Sawyer & Company recently announced the launch of BizInsure, a website that aims to make shopping for commercial insurance easier.
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Sonoma Raceway Generates Nearly 100 Pints of Blood at High-Speed Blood Drive

The raceway in Sonoma and its fans helped local blood banks hit the jackpot on Tuesday as nearly 100 people donated blood at the raceway’s 12th annual High-Speed Blood Drive.
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Marin Sanitary Cofounder, Joe Garbarino Sr., dies at 89

Joe Garbarino Sr. — one of the founders of Marin Sanitary Service — died early Monday of natural causes, family members said. He was 89.
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Kaiser Permanente's 2011 Community Benefit Annual Report

Introducing Kaiser Permanente's 2011 community investments of Northern California report.
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College of Marin to open veterans center

The College of Marin will open a new veterans center Oct. 10 on its Kentfield campus to serve an estimated 100 students who have served in the military, officials said Monday.
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Sonoma Raceway Celebrates 25th Running of NASCAR Racing in Sonoma in 2013

The raceway in Sonoma will celebrate the 25th running of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing in Sonoma at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in 2013.
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Sonoma Raceway Unveils Sustainable Performance Ranking Metric at 2nd annual Summit

The raceway in Sonoma today unveiled a Sustainable Performance Ranking Metric that should aid consumers when purchasing a new vehicle.
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SolarCraft completes installation at Fort Ross Vineyard

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft completed the design and installation of a solar power installation for Fort Ross Vineyards and Winery in Jenner. The winery's tasting room is powered by renewable solar power.
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Santa Rosa Memorial's Emergency Department & Regional Trauma Center receives $2 Million donation from Ernest L and Ruth W. Finley Foundation

The Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation has awarded $2 million to support the expansion and renovation of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s emergency department and regional trauma center, making the foundation the leading contributor to a campaign which has garnered $4.2 million in community donations to date. In addition, the Finley Foundation has offered a challenge grant, for which the hospital would receive an additional $500,000 by raising a matching $2 million within the coming year.
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Generating Jobs - It takes more than wishful thinking to grow the North Bay Job Market

Business incubation and job creation organizations work to keep North Bay communities thriving. An article written by Karen Hart in the September 2012 issue of NorthBay Biz magazine, featuring insights from Cynthia Murray, NBLC; Carolyn Stark, Executive Director, Sonoma County BEST and Jeri Gill, CEO of Sustainable Napa County.
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Fireman's Fund Names New Executives

Fireman's Fund Insurance Company announces new COO and VP of Brand Management
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Kaiser Permanente’s Workplace Wellness Programs Receive Top Honor from National Business Group on Health

Kaiser Permanente Northern California’s Live Well Be Well workplace-wellness program received Platinum certification in the 2012 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards presented by the National Business Group on Health.
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Fireman’s Fund underwrites TV shows, movies

Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. of Novato is the leading insurer for entertainment, writing about 80 percent of the $300 million in U.S. policies for movies, TV shows and live events like concerts, music festivals and even this year's Super Bowl halftime show and Grammy awards.
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Sonoma State students turn grapes into wine

The very first harvest of Sonoma State Cellars has been a winemaker’s dream. All 25 cases of its inaugural 2010 Cuvée have been sold — 300 bottles at $28 each.
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Basin Street Properties’ Redwood Business Center Nears Full Occupancy with Two Tenant Expansions

Basin Street Properties, a prominent Northern California and Northern Nevada real estate investor of commercial and mixed-use properties, announces two tenant expansions in its Redwood Business Center. Longtime tenants Cyan and Keller Williams Realty, Inc. collectively added 8,700 square feet to their leases, bringing the 58,300-square-foot building, located at 1383 North McDowell Blvd., to 98 percent occupancy.
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Autodesk expands in Marin

After vacating some headquarters space in Marin over the past several years, software maker Autodesk Inc. (NYSE: ADSK) is regaining some of its local presence.
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Buck Institute Featured on CBS Sunday Morning

Buck faculty Gordon Lithgow joins a group of prestigious scientists interviewed by correspondent Barry Petersen in a CBS Sunday Morning cover story which aired July 8. The piece focused on longevity research, the secrets of the long-lived and efforts to give people extra years of good health.
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St. Joseph Health appoints new President

St. Joseph Health named a new executive Tuesday to oversee its two hospitals and other operations in Sonoma County. Todd Salnas, executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been promoted to the role of president of St. Joseph Health Sonoma County, the second-largest private employer in the county.
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Agilent Technologies Inc. donates $100,000 to Colorado fire effort

The Agilent Technologies Foundation has donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross in response to the Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado and pledged to match employee gifts to the effort up to $50,000.
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Buck Institute researchers fix Huntington's Disease mutation in mouse study

Researchers at the Buck Institute fixed the genetic mutation that causes Huntington’s Disease, raising hopes of eventually reversing and curing the inherited brain-wasting disease in humans.
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Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital honored as the Safest Hospitals in the Nation

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital recently earned an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM from The Leapfrog Group, recognizing the hospital for being among the safest in the nation.
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Sonoma State Cellars 2010 Cuvee- Get It While You Can!

Over the past two years, over a dozen wine business students have worked with the team at Kokomo Winery and Timber Crest Farms in Dry Creek Valley to create the first Sonoma State wine. The idea for the brand was first considered by a group of four MBA students working with Dr. Armand Gilinsky, Jr., Professor of Business at Sonoma State University. Liza Goldstein, Kendal Georgeson, Abigail Smyth and Leah McNally, who have since graduated and grown in their careers, conducted a feasibility study to assess the viability of the proposed brand during the summer of 2010.
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Wells Fargo Doesn't Have To Worry About Moody Downgrades

Wells Fargo, the nation’s fourth largest bank by assets, is not on Moody’s list of banks up for a credit review. When Moody’s first announced it was the reviewing the credit ratings of 17 banks back in February Wells Fargo was not on its list.
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George Lucas donates fire engine to Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department

The Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department has received a big gift courtesy of filmmaker George Lucas. Lucas donated one of his two engines from his Skywalker Ranch fleet in Lucas Valley after the Muir Beach fire department had entered into negotiations to buy the vehicle.
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Redwood Credit Union President & CEO testifies before Washington Congressional Committee

RCU's President & CEO Brett Martinez testified before a Congressional committee in Washington, DC yesterday urging them to extend SBA programs and raise the credit union business lending cap so credit unions can continue to provide more loans to help local small businesses., DC yesterday urging them to extend SBA programs and raise the credit union business lending cap so credit unions can continue to provide more loans to help local small businesses.
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Kaiser Permanente hospitals in North Bay get high marks for patient safety

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Santa Rosa and Vallejo were among 15 other Kaiser hospitals to receive an “A” grade on the Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
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Buck Institute Gets $1M Grant

The Buck Institute has received $1 million for new postdoctoral fellows positions, funding two years of research for 10 scientists.
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Lucas names Kathleen Kennedy successor at S.F.-based Lucasfilm

Marin filmmaker George Lucas has named veteran producer Kathleen Kennedy as his co-chair and successor at the iconic film studio he founded.
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Wells Fargo debuts $100 million environmental grant program

Wells Fargo said Tuesday that it established a $100 million environmental grant program that will kick off with a $15 million, five-year commitment to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The San Francisco bank will award the $100 million to nonprofits and universities by 2020 under the program that falls under its corporate social responsibility efforts.
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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. raises 235M

BioMarin Pharmaceutical, which is already public, has just raised $235 million in an offering underwritten by Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
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Burr Pilger Mayer Inc. & St Joseph Health employees receive Women in Business Award

The North Bay Business Journal has announced 15 recipients of its 2012 Women in Business Awards. NBLC members, Joni Fritsche of Burr Pilger Mayer Inc. and Jo Sandersfeld of St. Joseph Health are honorees.
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Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital receives final OK to expand Emergency Department

A long anticipated renovation of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, postponed after a downturn in the financial markets in 2008, is scheduled to resume this month, with construction to begin Monday, May 21, 2012.
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Kaiser residency program expands unique efforts

Kaiser Permanente’s recent announcement that it will launch a family residency program for Sonoma County reflects both local and national health care issues, as providers seek to attract and retain physicians in lieu of a heightened emphasis on expanding primary care capabilities to best serve the community.
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Kaiser to launch family medicine residency program

Kaiser Permanente’s Santa Rosa Medical Center will launch a family medicine residency program to expand the number of primary care physicians being trained in Sonoma County, it was announced today. The first group of residents is expected to enter the program in July 2014.
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Midstate Construction completes Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office Project

Midstate Construction Corporation, general contractor and Owner City of Santa Rosa completed construction of the Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office project in Santa Rosa.
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St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin honored as Red Cross “Hero”

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County has been honored by the American Red Cross as a community service “hero” for its 66 years of providing Marin’s struggling citizens with food, shelter, clothing and basic aid in order to live safer, healthier lives.
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Agilent to acquire part of Centellax

Agilent Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: A), whose Electronic Measurements Group is based in Santa Rosa, announced it signed a deal with Centellax to acquire the 11-year-old Santa Rosa company’s test-and-measurement business.
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North Bay Children's Center Announces 2012 Champion for Children Award Recipient

North Bay Children’s Center (NBCC) is pleased to announce that Pat Kendall, Medical Group Administrator for Kaiser Permanente in Marin and Southern Sonoma County, has been named as the recipient of NBCC’s first annual 2012 Champion for Children Award. The award, which will be presented at NBCC’s spring event An Evening at the Pines , honors an individual each year in the community who has made a significant contribution to the health and welfare of children and families throughout the North Bay. “We are thrilled to announce that this year’s honor will go to NBCC Advisory Board Member Pat Kendall” states Susan Gilmore, NBCC’s Executive Director. “ Pat is a tireless leader who is committed to building a healthy community with an upstream emphasis focused across the spectrum of prevention.”
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LucasFilm withdraws Grady Ranch studio project from Marin

Filmmaker George Lucas has dropped plans to build a 270,000-square-foot digital movie studio northwest of San Rafael and will take the project elsewhere, his real estate company announced this afternoon.
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Sonoma State University’s Environmental Technology Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary as a "Building That Teaches"

One of the first ‘green’ buildings ever to be built on any university campus, the Environmental Technology Center (ETC) has been up and running for 10 years at Sonoma State University. Come celebrate its 10-year anniversary on Friday, April 20 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the ETC on the Rohnert Park campus. The celebration is free and open to the public.
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Sonoma State University's School of Education Earns Stellar Re-accreditation Review

School of Education at Sonoma State University successfully completed its national and state accreditation review with a stellar performance that the university president described as "hitting a home run with the bases loaded." The School of Education prepares teachers and principals for the North Bay Region.
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Culinary Arts Center at Santa Rosa Junior College

"The presence of the B. Robert Burdo Culinary Arts at SRJC will draw future students to our college and serve as a model for other community college culinary facilities. I expect it will also become an integral part of the local food and wine scene, attracting patrons for high-quality meals and groups seeking an appealing facility for food-related events.” –Dr. Frank Chong, Superintendent/President of Santa Rosa Junior College
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A New Era in Aging Research

Celebrate a New Era at the Buck Institute - A special insert from the North Bay Business Journal
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Sutter Health plans more green measures for new Hospital

The list of environmental requirements that Sutter Health must meet to open its $284 million hospital north of Santa Rosa is set to grow longer — again. The additions are to include a free shuttle linking the 82-bed hospital, under construction next to the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, to the nearest SMART train station.
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Infineon Raceway Breaks Guinness World Records® Record

More than 70 cars convened at Infineon Raceway on Tuesday to break the Guinness World Records® Record for Most Cars Performing Donuts Simultaneously.
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Two Trustees Join Buck Institute Board

Fay Hartog Levin, the former Ambassador to the Netherlands, and local civic leader E. Lewis Reid have joined the Buck Institute Board of Trustees.
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Kaiser Permanente’s Pat Kendall honored with North Bay Children’s Center’s “Champion for Children” Award

North Bay Chilren's Center’s Board of Directors has established a “Champion for Children” award recognizing individuals in the community who make a difference in the lives of children. We are excited to announce that Patricia Kendall, Medical Group Administrator for Kaiser San Rafael, is the first recipient and will be honored at the NBCC’s Sausalito House party on May 5th.
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American AgCredit reports record 2011 earnings, dividend

American AgCredit today reported net earnings last year increased 88 percent from 2010 to a new record for the Santa Rosa-based agricultural lending giant.
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Speedway Children’s Charities Receives Gordon Martin Award from MSPA

The Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) was honored with the Gordon Martin Award from the Motor Sports Press Association (MSPA) last night during the organization’s 49th annual Awards Dinner at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville.
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NBLC Members among 2012 Forty under 40 Winner Winners

The Business Journal announced the winners of its sixth-annual Forty under 40 awards today. The winners, selected from more than 100 nominees by the Business Journal editorial staff, were chosen on the basis of their leadership in companies and organizations as well as their participation within the community across the North Bay.
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George Lucas' digital studio project at Grady Ranch is a good one

UNANIMOUS VOTES are not easy to come by from the Marin County Planning Commission. But not every project comes with the track record that San Anselmo resident George Lucas has here when it comes to development.
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BioMarin Helps Promote Awareness of Rare Diseases at Capitol

Today at the State Capitol, Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), in partnership with CHI, the California Healthcare Institute, presented an Assembly resolution recognizing Feb. 29, 2012 as Rare Disease Day for the families and healthcare professionals caring for millions of Californians living with nearly 7,000 rare diseases.
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Dominican University’s Venture Greenhouse Celebrates its One Year Anniversary

One year ago, the Venture Greenhouse launched with its first beta clients. After one year our experiment in green business acceleration appears to be a resounding success. The Venture Greenhouse successfully graduated its first two clients, Next Phase Solar and Illumalighting (now Evolvelectric).
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Basin Street Properties Joins North Bay Leadership Council

Basin Street Properties, one of Northern California's and Northern Nevada's prominent developers, investors and managers of commercial properties, has joined North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC). Basin Street is widely recognized for its office, retail and mixed use developments.
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Kaiser Permanente Aims to Cut GHG Emissions 30% by 2020

Kaiser Permanente, which has pledged to green its facilities, energy and supply chain, set a goal today of reducing its carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2020.
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Lucasfilm Project approved by Marin Planners

Filmmaker George Lucas' plan for a huge digital production studio on the old Grady Ranch in Lucas Valley won a unanimous vote of approval from Marin County planning commissioners Monday as officials agreed the project was in line with a master plan approved more than a decade ago — and will have little impact on the environment.
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Ghilotti Construction awarded $10 million sitework contract for 49er stadium

The Ghilotti Construction Company has been awarded a $10.4 million public works contract by the City of Santa Clara Stadium Authority to conduct site research and to manage the relocation of underground utilities on the grounds set aside for the new 49er football stadium between Highways 101 and 237.
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$180,000 gift to SSU creates Hugh Codding Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics will soon add an “entrepreneur-in-residence” to its program, a move funded by an $180,000 donation from Codding Enterprises and one that Dean William Silver said would help create an “entrepreneurship pipeline” linking students, the North Bay Innovation Hub and the regional economy.
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Comcast releases Internet Essentials Progress Report

During the fall of 2011, Comcast launched Internet Essentials – the Nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program, with a focus on closing the digital divide and getting more low-income Americans connected to the Internet. Today, Comcast released the Internet Essentials Launch Report.
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St. Vincent de Paul of Marin County Joins North Bay Leadership Council

St. Vincent de Paul of Marin County has joined North Bay Leadership Council as a member. St. Vincent, a nonprofit, has a long and remarkable history of helping provide services to those in Marin County who are struggling to make ends meet and might not otherwise receive help.
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Solarcraft completes design and installation at Medtronic Campus

Novato and Sonoma-based SolarCraft recently completed the design and installation of a 321 kW solar electric installation at the main Santa Rosa campus of Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology.
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Midstate Construction Corporation completes renovation of the San Francisco Toyota Showroom

Midstate Construction Corporation completes renovation of the San Francisco Toyota Showroom in San Francisco.
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Autodesk No. 52 on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For List

Autodesk's pay and workplace culture earned it a spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for.
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Fireman's Fund Makes 2 Key Hires in Entertainment Division

Novato company is already seen as the leader in entertainment industry insurance. With an eye on boosting its stature in the entertainment business, Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.of Novato has hired two people vast experience with insuring film, TV and live music.
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Redwood Credit Union CEO Brett Martinez Named Chairman of the Board for Local Chamber

Brett Martinez, President & CEO of Redwood Credit Union (RCU), has been named Chairman of the Board of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, where he will work with the Chamber Board and CEO to help support and guide in their mission promote and advocate for local businesses and create a vibrant, sustainable economy for the region.
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Craig Nelson named CEO of Nelson Family of Companies

Craig Nelson will become chief executive officer of Sonoma-based The Nelson Family of Companies as a result of its recent sale of the WorkforceLogic division to Orlando-based ZeroChaos.
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Chong takes over at SRJC

Frank Chong started work Wednesday at Santa Rosa Junior College, succeeding Robert Agrella to become the fifth president in the college’s 94-year history.
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SRJC honors Agrella as President Emeritus

Robert Agrella, the fourth president in the history of Santa Rosa Junior College, is now its first president emeritus. The honorary title - a vaunted suffix for retired academics - was bestowed Tuesday, the final day of Agrella's nearly 22-year tenure
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WorkforceLogic Sells Controlling Interest to ZeroChaos

The Nelson Family of Companies today announced the sale, effective January 1, 2012, of a majority and controlling interest in its WorkforceLogic division to ZeroChaos, a global workforce solutions company based in Orlando, Florida, along with its financial partner Snow Phipps.
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American AgCredit grows to sixth in nation after merger

American AgCredit, the farm lending giant headquartered in Santa Rosa, announced today that it has merged with Colorado-based Farm Credit Services of the Mountain Plains.
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Comcast was thanked by United Way of the Redwood Empire

Comcast was thanked by United Way of the Redwood Empire for their continued support through their LIVE UNITED - Give United 2011 Campaign
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BioMarin to move ‘several hundred’ to San Rafael

BioMarin plans to occupy all of this 83,000-square-foot San Rafael Corporate Center building and part of another.
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NYT agreement to sell Journal, PD, Argus-Courier announced

The New York Times Company today announced an agreement to sell the North Bay Business Journal, Press Democrat and 14 other newspapers in its Regional Media Group to Florida-based Halifax Media Holdings LLC for $143 million in cash.
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Infineon Raceway Recycles More Than 58 Tons of Materials in 2011

Infineon Raceway has reaffirmed its position as an industry leader in recycling, collecting more than 58 tons of materials during the 2011 Big O Tires Racing Season.
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Newcomers & long-time Sonoma County physicians join Annadel Medical Group; practice grows by seven in Santa Rosa & Petaluma, expanding access to primary & specialty care


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George Lucas' grand plan for Grady Ranch

It will be a spectacle fit for the movies, but few in Lucas Valley will see it. The latest outpost in filmmaker George Lucas' entertainment frontier will transform the old Grady Ranch into a three-story digital technology fortress flanked by two towers rising amid 187 acres of open space.
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SSU President Honored With Spirit of Sonoma Award

SSU President Ruben Arminana was honored with a Spirit of Sonoma award at the 11th annual luncheon last week sponsored by the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.
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Backtracking: SMART

Backtracking: Repeal effort barrels ahead—but what are the consequences of cutting off funding for the SMART train?
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Redwood Credit Union Joins List of Heart of Marin Award Sponsors

Tickets Now on Sale for January 5, 2012 Community Recognition Event
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Midstate Construction completes Petaluma Health Center Renovation

Owner Petaluma Health Center, Inc.and general contractor Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed the Petaluma Health Center Tenant Improvement Project. This project is being awarded the 2011 Best Medical Project by the North Bay Business Journal on December 14th at Sheraton Sonoma County.
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SSU Hit by $2.3 Million Loss in Another Budget Cut

Sonoma State University will be hit by an additional $2.3 million cut in its 2011-12 budget as a result of the triggers in the Caifornia state budget announced today by Governor Jerry Brown.
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Wells Fargo donates $975,000 to Habitat for Humanity in Bay Area

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and Habitat for Humanity East Bay said Tuesday that they received a $975,000 grant from Wells Fargo, the single largest corporate gift in the two nonprofits’ history.
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Buck Institute Adds Two New Faculty

Deepak Lamba, PhD and Arvind Ramanathan, PhD have joined the Buck Institute as assistant professors. Both new faculty members will be utilizing various stem cell technologies to pursue their research goals. Lamba will be identifying new methods to treat degenerative vision disorders. Ramanathan will be studying the physiology of skeletal muscle to understand how it regenerates and responds to aging.
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FDA approves expansion of BioMarin plant in Novato

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. said Monday that the Food and Drug Administration has given it the green light to begin manufacturing in an expanded facility in Novato.
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Poll Shows Little Voter Appeal to Repeal SMART

Three years after their original vote on Measure Q, the sales tax ballot measure passed in 2008, an overwhelming majority of voters want the SMART project to continue to move forward. Voters show little desire to stop the SMART train project according to a poll commissioned by North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC).
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Hanson Bridgett helps a non-profit take flight

Hanson Bridgett helps a non-profit take flight. What started out as a legal battle over trademark rights has turned into the beginning of a dream come true, thanks in large part to Hanson Bridgett’s pro bono work.
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Fireman's Fund wins "Great Race for Clean Air"

Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.was among seven winners of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's "Great Race for Clean Air" ...
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Autodesk shifts its budget Focus

Autodesk Inc., the biggest spender on research and development among companies of a similar size, plans to shift more of its budget toward technology that helps distribute its design software via the Internet.
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Infineon Raceway distributed nearly 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items

Infineon Raceway distributed nearly 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH), St. Vincent de Paul Sonoma and the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa ...
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Santa Rosa Junior College has named a new President, Dr. Frank Chong

Santa Rosa Junior College has named a new President, Dr. Frank Chong. Dr. Chong will succeed long term president, Dr. Robert Agrella.
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Novato's Fireman's Fund winner in clean air contest

Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. of Novato was among seven winners of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's "Great Race for Clean Air," a two-month contest among Bay Area employers to see who could reduce the most carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
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Nersesian named COO of Agilent, Séné to lead Santa Rosa-based Group

Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced that Ron Nersesian has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.
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College of Marin’s Novato garden gets $233K grant

The California Community College chancellor’s office has awarded a $233,000 grant to the College of Marin Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden which, combined with more than $201,950 in matching grants, will expand the regional organic farming training laboratory and make it a sustainable enterprise in the next 20 months.
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NLBC Congratulates the winners of the Election!

NLBC congradulates the winners of the November 8th Election who we were proud to endorse!
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Garbarino Family Honored as Distinguished Citizens by Marin Council, BSA

In appreciation for their committment to our community, The Marin Council, Boy Scouts of American is pleased to recognize the Garbarino family as their 2011 Distinguished Citizens at a dinner on December 8, 2011.
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Hands-on science festival comes to Infineon

"The purpose of this is to inspire kids toward careers in science, technology, engineering and math," Pahl said. "It's important for our work force to inspire future scientists, to get kids into the kind of gateway classes — like physics and biology — that will let them move forward in science."
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North Bay Science Festival

This fall, the North Bay will host its first annual Science Festival featuring a week of free activities and programs for people of all ages.
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Kaiser Permanente gives $17.3M in community grants - $5.2M in NorCal

Kaiser Permanente says it awarded community grants to 675 Golden State nonprofits and community benefit organizations in the third quarter, including $5.2 million to such organizations in Northern California.
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Purging Cells in Mice Is Found to Combat Aging Ills

In a potentially fundamental advance, researchers have opened up a novel approach to combating the effects of aging with the discovery that a special category of cells, known as senescent cells, are bad actors that promote the aging of the tissues. Cleansing the body of the cells, they hope, could postpone many of the diseases of aging.
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Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma and North County Hospice Commemorate National Hospice Month

MEMORIAL HOSPICE, HOSPICE OF PETALUMA AND NORTH COUNTY HOSPICE COMMEMORATE NATIONAL HOSPICE MONTH Community invited to Hospice-Sponsored Events Planned for November/December
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Sutter Health awards 157 Scholarships

Sutter Health’s Van R. Johnson Sutter Scholars program awarded college scholarships to 157 deserving students
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Medtronic Inc. listed on World's 25 Best Multinantional Workplaces

Medtronic, Inc. announced The Great Place to Work Institute® included the company on the inaugural “World’s 25 Best Multinational Workplaces” list published by FORTUNE magazine.
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Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company announces local fire departments funding

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company is proud to announce the local fire departments selected to receive funding through a $130,000 grant package designed to help make communit
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Kaiser Permanente receives HIMSS Organization Davies Award

Kaiser Permanente is the 2011 recipient of the coveted and highly respected annual HIMSS Organizational Davies Award.
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St. Joseph’s Health System’s Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma and North County Hospice will partner with national, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS),

St. Joseph’s Health System’s Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma and North County Hospice will partner with national, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), to bring the TAPS Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp to Sonoma County.
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NBBJ selected five NBLC members of the 13 winners for its inaugural Healthiest Companies Recognition Awards

NBBJ selected five NBLC members of the 13 winners for its inaugural Healthiest Companies Recognition Awards including: Agilent Technologies, Santa Rosa; Kaiser Permanente–Marin/Sonoma; Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Napa; St. Joseph Health System–Sonoma County; W. Bradley Electric, Novato
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REO HOMES FOR THE WORKFORCE

REO HOMES FOR THE WORKFORCE – A NORTHBAY FAMILY HOMES SUCCESS STORY!
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North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC) announces Endorsements for November Election

North Bay Leadership Council (NBLC) announces Endorsements for November Election
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Sonoma State University Volunteers

Sonoma State University had more than 300 students provide the volunteer manpower to support the vital projects of local non-profits.
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Codding Enterprises

Codding Enterprises’ Sonoma Mountain Village will dedicate is newest solar installation on September 30th.
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St. Joseph Health System

St. Joseph Health System’s Petaluma Valley Hospital, an 80-bed community based district hospital, was named one of the United States’ top performers on key clinical quality measures by The Joint Commission
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Sutter Health Names Michael J. Cohill as New Regional President for West Bay Region

Sutter Health has named seasoned health care executive Michael J. Cohill as successor to Martin Brotman, M.D. in the role of Region President for the Sutter Health West Bay Region.
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NBLC Announces "Leaders of the North Bay" 2011 Honorees

Announcing North Bay Leadership Council’s “Leaders of the North Bay” Honorees Father Greg Boyle, Gang Prevention/Intervention Leader, to Keynote at Awards Luncheon
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