The annual State of the Valley Breakfast Forum, sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, united a triumvirate of federal, county and local officials Friday morning to reflect on how we’re doing, where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.
Speaking to a packed dining hall of business and government leaders were Fifth District Congressman, Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin and Sonoma Mayor Tom Rouse.
Thompson led off the program with a broad survey of issues important to the Fifth District and the nation, beginning with a review of issues relating to jobs and the economy.
To really get the economy “cookin,” said Thompson, Congress should invest more in infrastructure. He warned that the nation’s transportation infrastructure is “in woeful condition,” and reported that every $1 billion invested in infrastructure produces 30,000 new jobs. He said he had co-authored an infrastructure jobs bill in the last Congress, “fully paid for” that would have produced more than 170,000 jobs in California alone.
Thompson praised the promise of renewable energy, which, he said, “is good for the economy, good for jobs and good for the environment.”