• Marin Economic Forum: Did You Know? Outgoing Supervisors Connolly and Arnold were Champions of the Marin Economy

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    December 28, 2022
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     As 2022 comes to a close, so do the tenures of two Marin County Supervisors who were big supporters of the Marin economy: Judy Arnold and Damon Connolly.

    Supervisor Arnold, retiring from her post, was an early advocate that County offices should be supportive of Marin’s small, but innovative, business community. She helped found the county-led Marin Economic Commission which later grew into what is now the Marin Economic Forum, and ensured a dialogue between the county and local business leaders.

    Supervisor Damon Connolly, elected to the State Assembly this fall, was also a big advocate of the important role local businesses played in the community and, together with Supervisor Arnold, created and then co-Chaired the “Marin Recovers” group that managed the early fallout of the COVID pandemic. Under their leadership, local businesses were able to navigate ever-changing regulations regarding business closures and accessing public funding to support economic recovery.

    Marin County is one of only two counties in the entire Bay Area (the other being Napa County) without a public economic development office or staff. Through their efforts, Supervisors Arnold and Connolly enthusiastically kept the county engaged in economic matters and we residents are better off because of their commitment and effort. We owe them a heartfelt thank you for their work.
    Mike Blakely, Chief Executive Officer
    mblakeley@marineconomicforum.org, (415) 991-5983
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