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Every Day is Beautiful in Green Valley
With a wide variety of events and opportunities, Green Valley has something to offer everyone. Celebrate the fun of the Minnesota State Fair with us each summer. Enjoy a scenic stroll through our many parks or play a round of golf at one of our three courses. Have your picture taken with the World’s Largest Owl and marvel at all the beautiful outdoor murals throughout the town.
Our community offers a thriving economy, superb schools, traditional values, faith and fellowship, helpful services, and many entertainment options. Green Valley is truly the ideal place for new ventures and new growth because every day is abeautiful day.
San Rafael Leadership Institute Class of 2019 - Applications Being Accepted
The San Rafael Leadership Institute is Marin County's premier leadership development program for professionals seeking to make a difference in their community, expand their network, and understand Marin from the ground up. The Institute meets once a month from October through June. Each full-day, monthly session is held at a different location in and around Marin, exposing participants to local business, community centers and government facilities.
Energy Watch Partnership Leads to Cash Savings for Businesses
You might be enlightened the next time you visit Fairfax Market. The grocery store recently underwent a complete lighting and refrigeration upgrade and took advantage of a commercial energy efficiency rebate program provided by the County of Marin Energy Watch Partnership.
The Marin County Community Development Agency Sustainability Team administers the SmartLights program in Marin County, which provides businesses with no-cost and no-obligation energy evaluations, rebates for making energy-efficient upgrades, and start-to-finish project support. Business owners can use program-affiliated contractors or work with their own contractor and secure rebates for a project by working with SmartLights. The San Rafael Chamber recently went through the same SmartLights process and it is easy.
The program is designed to help businesses save money on operating costs and reduce energy use and related greenhouse gas emissions. The Fairfax Market project, conducted this spring and summer, is expected to save an estimated 511,635 kilowatt hours annually and trim annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 145,816 pounds, the equivalent to taking 14.2 cars off the road for one year according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s calculator.
San Rafael Seeks Input on the City's Future
The City of San Rafael is currently updating its General Plan—the state-mandated document that guides future development decisions. Housing, transportation, land use, open space, equity, economic vitality, and disaster resilience are all topics tackled by the Plan, which was last updated more than 15 years ago.
Public input in the General Plan Update is strongly encouraged. The City has launched a web-based participation tool as part of the project, which can be accessed at www.cityofsanrafael.org/2040. Residents and businesses can use the site to weigh in on topics such as traffic, density, and climate change.
The City also encourages residents to attend one of three community meetings to share their ideas. These two-hour workshops will focus on the opportunities and challenges facing San Rafael as it looks ahead to the Year 2040. Refreshments will be served, and residents of all ages are invited to participate. The meeting times are:
October 3rd, 7PM-9PM — San Rafael Community Center at B Street
October 17th, 7PM-9PM—Terra Linda Recreation Center
October 27th, 10AM-12PM—Albert J. Boro Community Center
San Rafael Launches OpenCounter- New Online Business Development Tool
The City of San Rafael is proud to announce the launch of its new online business permitting portal, OpenCounter, which includes two new tools centered around business development. The first tool, a Zoning Portal, will allow users to explore where different businesses are permitted throughout the City. The second, a Business Portal, is designed to help users understand the specific licenses, permits, and fees for starting a business in San Rafael.
Marin Business Showcase Prize Drawing Winners
Mill Valley Film Festival Opening Night Tickets and Gala- Sue MacMillan, Marin Sanitary Service
Mill Valley Film Festival Closing Night Film and Party- Annie Scherr, Fairview Capital
Wine Cellar- Christine Puccini, Marin Builders Association
Picnic in the Park-Shardae
To Your Health- Amy Li, Sun First Solar
California Film Institute Membership- Jagpal Sran, NewGen Surgical