Economic Development Task Force

Professionals and experts representing economic development in each city, utilities, workforce development, transportation, small business, and the economic development corporation are the foundation of Team Solano.

Team Solano has five main purposes:

  1. Work with existing Solano businesses to access resources, programs and services and identify specific business needs that can be addressed by the team, referred to as Solano Business First!  Taking care of our existing businesses to ensure they can scale here is a #1 priority.
  2. Lead and guide the Moving Solano Forward strategy implementation including existing business, new business development, maintaining competitive advantages, and resource development.
  3. Act as key contacts for new business development in each city to facilitate location, permitting and access to city-direct incentives.
  4. Act as key contacts for new businesses needing employee recruitment/training, financing, transportation, utility service, innovation-tech transfer assistance.
  5. Collaboratively identify and address issues from a regional context that affect business locations and growth, including infrastructure development, workforce, business climate, and streamlining public processes.

All members of Team Solano are committed to serving business, providing their expertise to assist businesses in creating jobs and investment in the county.

Task Force Members

Mario Guiliano

Economic Development Manager City of Benicia (707) 746-4289

Eric Dakin

Senior Economic Development Project Manager City of Fairfield (707) 428-7039

Issac George

Community Development Director City of Rio Vista (707) 374-6448

Sajuti Rahman

Economic Development Analyst City of Suisun City (707) 421-7347

Donald Burrus

Economic Development Manager City of Vacaville (707) 449-5165

Annette Taylor

Senior Community Development Analyst City of Vallejo (707) 649-3510

Alea Gage

Economic Development Project Manager City of Vallejo (707) 649-5454

James Bezek

Senior Management Analyst County of Solano (707) 784-6112

Narcisa Untal

Senior Planner County of Solano (707) 784-3172

Talyon Sortor

Assistant General Manager Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District (707) 429-8930

Robert Guerrero

Senior Project Manager Solano Transportation Authority (707) 424-6075

Ryan Sharp

Associate Director for Economic Engagement UC Davis Venture Catalyst (530) 752-8639

Brian Hooker

Business & Education Liaison Workforce Development Board (707) 863-3588

Heather Henry

President/Executive Director Workforce Development Board (707) 863-3501

Sarah Hawkins

Solano County Farmbudsman (925) 984-4548

Armando Navarro

Economic Development Specialist PG&E (707) 577-7293

Kendrick Li

Economic Development & Sustainability PG&E (415) 973-4512