Category: Economic Development

Small Businesses during COVID-19

The majority of restrictions remain in place in light of the extended order, but let’s celebrate the re-opening of our outdoor businesses! COVID-19 has absolutely delivered a tough blow to our local, small businesses. The San Rafael Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund continues to help our small businesses stay afloat during these unprecedented times. You can help our local economy by donating to the fund, and by patronizing our businesses that remain open. Why not treat your household to … Continued

Local COVID-19 Fund Established for Small Businesses

Launch Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 and complete applications must be submitted Deadline: No later than 5pm (PDT) on Monday, April 20, 2020. Application Closed About the Fund A San Rafael Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund (the “Relief Fund”) has been created to help small businesses struggling to maintain cash flow and financial solvency … Continued

What You Need to Know: Potential PG&E Power Shutoff

Prepare Now Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has notified the County of Marin that it may activate its Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) protocols in response to a high wind event and Red Flag Warning. At 7:30am this morning, PG&E said it could potentially initiate a planned power shutoff in parts of Marin County … Continued

What’s your vision for Downtown San Rafael? Join us for a Design Charrette May 8th to 11th, 2019!

The City of San Rafael is hosting a multi-day design workshop (known as a “Charrette”) from Wednesday, May 8th to Saturday, May 11th to develop an updated master plan for Downtown San Rafael.  Charrette events will include community workshops and presentations, brown bag lunches, and two open ‘drop-in’ studios.   All members of the public are invited to come check out potential design concepts and share ideas with a group … Continued

Downtown San Rafael Arts District Announces Launch Events

Arts Organizations Come Together and Celebrate Latinx Arts and Culture The newly designated Downtown San Rafael Arts District, located along Fourth Street in San Rafael, officially launches this Fall with an exciting array of arts programming centered around the shared theme of Latinx. Latinx is inspired by national movements such as Spanish Heritage month and National … Continued

San Rafael launches 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 … Continued

AlterTheater Ensemble

AlterTheater Ensemble creates pop-up performances with professional artists in storefronts along downtown San Rafael’s pedestrian shopping district. With its award-winning playwright residency program, AlterTheater plays have started on Fourth Street in San Rafael and gone on to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, to New York, to Canada, and more. We hire the same actors as larger … Continued

San Rafael among first named as California Arts District in new creative statewide program

Newly launched state designation program celebrates the state’s arts and culture San Rafael has been selected as one of California’s premier state-designated arts and culture districts, the California Arts Council announced today. San Rafael joins 13 other districts in a new program highlighting the state’s unique artistic and cultural communities within California, home to the country’s leading … Continued

Street Closures Due to Italian Street Painting Festival

It’s that time of year again! This weekend is Italian Street Painting Marin at Fourth & A Streets:  You can’t really have street painting without a couple of street closures. So, from 8 a.m. on Wednesday, 06/21 (tomorrow) to 4 p.m. on Monday, 6/26 the following streets will be closed: A Street will be closed … Continued

Economic Development is Moving!

In order to make way for the construction of our new Public Safety Center, the Economic Development Department is moving.  Starting Thursday, May 25th, the Department will move from its current home at 1313 Fifth Ave. to the Boyd Gate House, 1125 B Street. The Department will be officially open for business at the Boyd … Continued

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