About Us

Board of Directors

John Gray, TCEDA Chairman – Chairman, Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors

Jim Garaventa, TCEDA Vice-Chair – Mayor, City of Sonora

Sherri Brennan, TCEDA Public Board Member – Tuolumne County Board of Supervisor, District One

Matt Hawkins, TCEDA Public Board Member – Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Sonora

Barry Hillman, TCEDA At-Large Board Member – President, HealthLitNow

Ron Patel, TCEDA At-Large Board Member – Retired Chief Executive Officer, of the Black Oak Casino Resort


Mission Statement

Promote a diverse and growing economy by pursuing business retention, expansion and attraction that enhances quality of life in Tuolumne County.


Purpose Statement

The TCEDA is vested with the power to effectively implement, coordinate and administer general economic development programs within the County of Tuolumne, State of California, including the City of Sonora, in accordance with local, state and federal laws. General economic development programs shall include, but are not limited to: 1) business retention and expansion; 2) business attraction; 3) business assistance programs; 4) identification of appropriate locations for and creation of “shovel ready” commercial and industrial properties including but not limited to adaptive reuse; 5) support the creation, expansion and rehabilitation of public infrastructure needed to support and sustain local business and industry (e.g. roads, water, power, sewer, telecommunications, etc.); 6) assist with educational and training opportunities tailored to equip and support the community’s workforce; and 7) pursuit of funding sources to facilitate all of the above. In carrying out its general mission of economic development, the goals, policies and implementation programs of the TCEDA shall be generally consistent with those contained in the Economic Development Element of the Tuolumne County General Plan and Economics Element of the City of Sonora General Plan.