On Nov. 7 the Business Journal gathers community and industry leaders to focus a report card on the area’s recovery from the wildfires of 2017 which destroyed about 6,200 North Bay homes and killed over 40 people.
Impact Sonoma: The State of Recovery will feature James Gore, who represents Sonoma County's 4th Supervisoral District and helped to lead the area’s recovery from the fires. He will be joined by Chris Coursey, mayor of Santa Rosa, which sustained most of the losses in Sonoma County, and Jennifer Gray Thompson, executive director of Rebuild Northbay Foundation.
Also contributing to the status of recovery will be Brittany Perkins Castillo, CEO of AshBritt Environmental Inc. The Florida-based firm conducted debris removal for upwards of 2,000 North Bay properties burned in the October fires. AshBritt moved up to 25,000 tons of material per day in Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties.
How that cleanup has gone from the perspective of a homeowner and activist will be offered by Jeff Okrepkie. He lost his Coffey Park home in the Tubbs Fire and took the lead on recovery by spearheading the formation of Coffey Strong, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that represents more than 900 homeowners in the greater Coffey Park area.
He’ll be joined at the conference by Elizabeth Brown, president and CEO of the Community Foundation Sonoma County. It has established the Sonoma County Resilience Fund, set up to address our community’s mid- to long-term recovery needs.
Mike McGuire, who represents the 2nd State Senate District, which includes the North Coast region from Marin County to Del Norte County, will also speak at the event. The senator was instrumental in organizing relief efforts immediately after the fires.
Impact Sonoma takes place at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa. Registration will start at 7:30 a.m., and the program will run from 8 to 11 a.m. Tickets for this Journal Project Rebuild event are $70 per person or $715 for a table of 10. Register by Nov. 5 at www.nbbj.news/sonoma18.
The event is underwritten by AshBritt Inc., Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty, and Exchange Bank. Major sponsors are Ghilotti Construction, Newmark Knight Frank and Western Health Advantage, with corporate sponsorship from CannaCraft and Charles M. Schulz–Sonoma County Airport.