This week on The Real Estate Hour, as many of you will be chilling your green beer for St Patty’s Day, Karissa Kruse, President of Sonoma County Winegrowers joins me on the show to talk about the Winegrower Industry here in Sonoma County, CA.
But, have no fear, our theme WILL be “GREEN” Sonoma County Winegrowers, under Karissa’s leadership, is making great strides as they lead the push for Ag sustainability in the Sonoma County Winegrower industry.
Through their Sonoma County Grape Growers foundation, they’ve also been doing some pretty special things when it comes to housing affordability for ag workers, by working directly with land owners to create on-site solutions to the high cost of housing in Sonoma County.
After the October 2017 fires, the foundation shifted gears and raised over $1.3 million for Housing recovery for Ag families.
As always, a healthy economy, and a healthy community, make for a healthy real estate market. So, this is very relevant information. Housing affordability and supporting the service industry, hospitality, tourism, public service, teachers, and the ag workforce, is a crucial piece of the overall health of our county. This and more with Karissa Kruse THIS Sunday morning 9-10am – 1350AM, 103.5/104.9FM, streaming live and podcast at KSRO.com
You can also hear Karissa every other Tuesday afternoon on “Off the Vine.” on KSRO’’s The Drive with Steve Jaxon
Karissa Kruse is President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. Karissa joined Sonoma County Winegrowers as Director of Marketing in September 2012 and was named President for the organization on May 1, 2013. Since taking over the top leadership role at the Sonoma County Winegrowers, Kruse has guided the strategy and implementation of Sonoma County’s commitment to become America’s first 100% certified sustainable wine region. Her forward thinking approach has helped Sonoma County Winegrowers gain global recognition for their efforts and she’s been invited to speak at major conferences around the world.
In an effort to continue to lead in the social responsibility component of sustainability, Kruse announced the relaunch of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation in January 2016, which aims to assist local agricultural employees and their families in the areas of healthcare, affordable housing, childcare, education and workforce development. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Foundation.
In January of 2017, Kruse launched the Sonoma County Center for Ag Sustainability, a think tank in partnership with the Wharton School of Business, that is focused on bringing subject matter experts from around the United States to Sonoma County to work on issues and opportunities affecting the long-term preservation of agriculture.
Karissa earned a BS in Economics and an MBA in Marketing from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She has 20 years of experience in various aspects of marketing, brand management, strategic planning and business development. Karissa has worked for companies such as General Mills, Universal Studios, Mattel and Dairy Management.
She is a partner in a small winery, Argot Wines, and the owner of a 12-acre vineyard on Sonoma Mountain.
Kruse is on the Alumni Advisory Board for Wharton’s Initiative on Global Environmental Leadership and a member of the Global Wharton Women in Leadership. She is also on the German Marshall Fund Alumni Leadership Council and FIVS Global Environmental Sustainability Working Group. She is on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Housing Task Force for the Sonoma County Alliance. Kruse also sits on the Board of Directors, Board Development Committee and Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of Wine Country. She is on the Board of Directors of Sonoma County Tourism, Social Advocates for Youth, Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and Shone Farm Foundation. Kruse serves on the Health Action Catalyst Team and its Governance Working Group and is a member of the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Advisory Board. In 2014, Kruse was selected as a North Bay Business Journal Women in Business Award recipient and was a Forty under 40 Award recipient in 2012. Kruse was honored with the Marshall Memorial Fellowship in 2015. She received the 2016 Friend of Agriculture Award from the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. She was named to the 2016 Wine Business Monthly Magazine’s Top 50 Wine Industry Leaders. In 2017, she was named on the Organic Authority’s List of “Badass Disruptors Changing Your Food System.” Karissa was honored by the North Bay Business Journal in 2017 with a Community Philanthropy Award.
Northern California Engineering Contractors Association Hall of Fame – Inducted 2014
North Coast Builders Exchange Hall of Fame – Inducted 2002
City of Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities, Santa Rosa, CA 1994 to Present
Board Member (Chairman – 1996 to 2013)
Sonoma Clean Power Authority 2013 to Present
“Our region has lost up to 7,000 living units, and we had a housing shortage before the fire. Also, we already had a homeless issue because of the high cost of housing in the region, and we will need temporary housing for them as well as the workforce from outside the area that will most certainly be needed to supplement the locally available construction workforce. In addition, we will need to provide housing (temporary and/or semi-permanent) for those displaced from their homes while they are rebuilding.
We also all need to recognize that this devastating fire(s) is having a damaging impact on the economy of our region. Jobs have been lost, businesses have shut down, etc., and property taxes will take a severe hit which will damage the ability of the county and our cities to function in a normal fashion. I have heard that there will be a 20% reduction in the GDP of our county in the short to intermediate term.
I am the Chairman of a group, currently entitled “Rebuild Sonoma Task Force”, which might change soon so that we can assist rebuilding in the other 3 counties also. The group is made up of builders, contractors, architects, engineers, business groups, financial institutions, and insurance brokers.
All of these groups have experience, and thus valuable input, to getting our region “back up and running” as efficiently and economically as possible.
This is not going to be an easy task by any stretch of imagination, but our group wants to encourage everyone to be patient and do this recovery correctly, more so than just quickly.”
David Guhin, City of Santa Rosa, CA Director of Planning and Economic Development will be on the show to discuss the State’s new requirements, and how cities are now required to make changes allowing for an easier, less restrictive process for adding an ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) to your property. More City of Santa Rosa info here
Tune us in at 9-10AM on KSRO 1350AM, 103.5FM and streaming live at KSRO.com. Call in numbers are 707-636-1350
Mr. Guhin has over 17 years of experience in the public sector, most of which has been with the City of Santa Rosa’s Water Department. In July 2015 Mr. Guhin was asked to lead the former Community Development Department through a series of strategic changes. His first tasks were to tackle the organizational changes that would create the new and revitalized Planning and Economic Development Department and to engage staff in visioning, developing, and implementing a comprehensive Process Improvement Action Plan aimed at positively altering the experience of doing business with and for the City.
Mr. Guhin’s areas of reasonability includes the Planning, Engineering, Building and Economic Development functions for the City of Santa Rosa. In his time with Planning and Economic Development, Mr. Guhin has established the ongoing process improvement implementation, integrated the Engineering Development Services and Economic Development Divisions into the department, guided the development of the Housing Action Plan, and is leading the development of the City of Santa Rosa’s comprehensive policy on medical cannabis.
Mr. Guhin holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California. Mr. Guhin’s recent community involvement includes being Past President for the Redwood Empire Food Bank, and he was the co‐chair for the Amgen Tour of California local organizing committee and has helped to bring the Ironman to Santa Rosa for the next 5 years.
Changes at the PRMD (Sonoma County Permit Department),
Changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance,
And, what about those Un-permitted repairs and alterations when you go to sell your house! These topics and more will be discussed with Real Estate Hour favorite, Tom Havstad.
Tune in..have a little fun…and, learn a lot.
Tom Havstad; Long time local Sonoma County Permit Consultant and property owner advocate. Tom Brings a wealth of knowledge to the Real Estate transaction, and to homeowners just trying to sort things out.
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If you’re in any of these areas, you may want to check with your insurance company to make sure you have sufficient coverage. Also, be sure to follow Defensible Space Guidelines by keeping all “fuel” – trees, shrubs, vegetation, 100 feet away from your home.
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