Economic Development

Community Overview
Nestled in the heart of picturesque Sonoma Wine Country, Healdsburg is a town that combines the best qualities of turn-of-the-century America with the ambiance of a European country-side. Founded in 1867, Healdsburg is located 65 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101. Home to approximately 11,254 residents, the city encompasses 4.1 square miles and enjoys a mild climate with average temperatures ranging from 70 to the 90s in the summer and 30 to 60 degrees in the winter.
The city is centered around a quaint, thriving Spanish-style plaza, originally developed by town founder Harmon Heald. The Plaza remains one of the few examples of early California town planning in existence today and is a shopping, dining, and art gallery mecca for tourists and residents alike. Historic homes and quaint storefronts retain the flavor of Healdsburg’s rich heritage.

Cultural Activity
Healdsburg offers a flourishing arts and entertainment sector, with the farmers market, summer concert series on the Plaza, the Raven Performing Arts center, museums and art galleries, drawing much talent and diversity to the city.

Parks & Recreation
In addition to the wine-tasting and culinary adventures offered by the 60 wineries surrounding the city, recreational opportunities include many parks, lighted tennis courts, golf, picnic and playground facilities. The Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach on the Russian River is open to the public for swimming, fishing, canoe rentals and picnics and a community swimming pool is open all year. Lake Sonoma is located 11 miles west of Healdsburg.

City Government
Healdsburg is a truly big city in a small package offering full municipal services, including police, fire, electrical, water and sewer services to residents and businesses. Healdsburg is a general law city under the manager-council form of government. Healdsburg has established itself as a destination city by development of a robust tourist industry. The City Council is committed to pursuing more diverse economic development opportunities and being mindful of the needs of its citizenry.

Healdsburg is located on U.S. Highway 101, the principal coastal route between San Francisco and the Oregon border. Air transportation is available to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Portland and Seattle on a daily basis at nearby Sonoma county Airport. 3 major airports - in San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento - are within a 2-hour drive of the city. Limited service is also available at the Healdsburg Municipal Airport, which can handle small jets. A local transit system provides transportation for residents.

Educational opportunities are provided by both a traditional and vocational high school, 1 junior high (6-8), and 2 elementary schools, all on a semester calendar. Also available are 2 parochial schools (K-8), a Christian academy (9-12), a Montessori school, and several privately-run nursery and pre-schools. Santa Rosa Junior College is located 15 miles to the south and numerous courses are offered off-site at Healdsburg High School. The high school also has a satellite down link from Chico State. Sonoma State University is a 4-year college located 22 miles south in Rohnert Park.