Peggy Flynn is Petaluma's new City Manager 
Peggy Flynn has hit the ground running as Petaluma's new City Manager. Less than a month into the position, she has already met with several of the City's business and nonprofit leaders, toured City-owned facilities, and brainstormed with staff on key strategic initiatives.

Learn about our new leader -- a municipal government mover-and-shaker who is equally comfortable in Council chambers, at business functions, or on her family's cattle ranch in West Petaluma -- in a recent Argus-Courier profile.  Welcome, Peggy!
The City is holding a Goal Setting Workshop on April 6...and you are invited! This is your opportunity to work with other community members, City staff, and the City Council in identifying strategic priorities and setting an action plan for the next two years. All Community Members are welcome, so please let employees know they can join in the conversations, too. 

Click  here to RSVP and  here to complete a survey that will be incorporated into the day's work.
There's lots to consider before you start a commercial renovation project or equipment installation. Like permits...and deadlines..and fees. Oh my! 

The City offers many resources to lead you safely down the yellow brick road of local and state building requirements. However, depending on the complexity of your project, you may also need to hire an architect, engineer, and other professionals not only to do the actual work but also to help you manage the City's process. 

What types of professionals should you hire and when? Read our latest blog post to find out! 
You probably know that the state minimum wage is being increased each year so that it reaches $15 per hour by 2022 or 2023, depending on an organization's number of employees. However, you may not be aware that about 27 cities in California have passed local minimum wage ordinances that accelerate the state's timeline and establish annual minimum wage increases set to a regional, rather than a state, price index.   

On April 8, the City Council is holding a special workshop to learn about the minimum wage issue and to hear from community members who might be in favor or opposed to having a local minimum wage ordinance in Petaluma. Based on the information presented, the City Council may direct City staff to do additional research or prepare an ordinance for a vote that would take place at another City Council meeting. 

If you are interested in learning more about this issue or would like to provide input, we encourage you to attend the meeting, which will start at 5:45 p.m. on April 8, in the Council chambers at City Hall. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like information or to share input, please contact us at

Petaluma Walking Day

The Petaluma Health Care District and the American Heart Association are hosting   
Petaluma Walking Day on April 3, from
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Shollenberger Park.

Blood pressure screenings, giveaways, and
education about workplace health are included in this free event. 

Can't join the event but plan to walk anyway? Share a photo on Facebook or Twitter wit #PetalumaWalkingDay and #NorthBayHasHeart. 

Mayor's Water Challenge

How much water do you think you can save during the month of April? Find out by participating in the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30.  

The Challenge, which is sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, is a friendly competition among residents from cities across the U.S. 

Last year, the City of Petaluma ranked 9th in the challenge.  Go to and help us get to #8 (or better!) in 2019.

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Looking for employees? Interested in an SBA loan? Want to exchange ideas--or frustrations--with other businesses? You've come to the right place! Here are just a few programs and events we're promoting right now:

Petaluma Manufacturer's Group: founded by the Economic Development Division and Nelson Staffing, this group meets quarterly for lunch and discussion. We'll be hosting our second annual Manufacturer's Summit in October. Contact us for more info.

Workforce: If you want to post jobs or participate in a career fair, contact Sonoma County Job Link, Sonoma State's Career Center, and Santa Rosa Junior College to find out what they're offering this spring and summer. Another opportunity is SSU's School of Business and Economics Spring Mixer on April 24, where you can network with other employers as well as SSU students. 

Growth Tour - March 26, Friedman's Center, Santa Rosa: This is an afternoon of workshops and networking for businesses, as well as a fundraiser for the Rebuild NorthBay Foundation. Stop by the Small Business Development Center's table to learn about SBA loans and to pick up one of our new brochures. Hope to see you there!