The Economic Alliance Foundation
Forging a stronger Northern Santa Barbara County

EconAlliance is a cross-industry alliance that fosters awareness, advocacy, support and appreciation for Northern Santa Barbara County industries and communities.

We are Unique.

Our organization spearheads a variety of activities to advance understanding and inspire positive change.

We Are Focused

We target Northern Santa Barbara County with sector strategies in support of regional priorities and global competitiveness.

Collaborative Advocacy

We facilitate cross-industry, non-partisan partnerships in many arenas to build and sustain regional prosperity.

Big Events, Big Thinking

We host many one-of-a-kind events each year to drive regional dialogue and awareness to generate “possibility thinking” and action.

Organization Support

We support economic development efforts undertaken by other organizations including Cities, Chambers, County, and others.


Learn more about the ways in which our cross-sector support activities are driving positive impact through advocacy, strategic initiatives, unique partnerships and creative programs.

Workforce and Education

We support cross-industry education/workforce development in a variety of ways, including STEM and education support. One key goal remains the same: To improve economic prosperity and quality of life in Northern Santa Barbara County.

Infrastructure and Broadband

Since 2013, we have championed accessible, affordable broadband for Northern Santa Barbara County industries and communities.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Through our annual Future Forum and other programs, we bring vital insights to local stakeholders.We inspire new thinking with the Fiber Ring concept conceived by Infrastructure Lead Chris Chirgwin.

Global Trade

Our work spans industry sectors and places us in a unique position to improve global competitiveness. We recognize, understand, and propose solutions.


EconAlliance discovers and promotes tools and resources to meet North County challenges presented in a strategic way.cross-industry, cross-jurisdictional, and/or cross-domain


Delays, Uncertainties, Regulations, Taxes – We monitor these encumbrances closely, to better inform and prepare stakeholders. We bring sectors together to share solutions.

Broadband FOR ALL

We are working to make this “the year of broadband.”

Announced June 30, 2022, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and The Economic Alliance Foundation (EconAlliance) have been awarded $444,787 in federal funding for their 2021 joint application to produce a Northern Santa Barbara County Fiber Ring Broadband Strategy and Business Plan. We join the Consortium, the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) and REACH to successfully advocate for County funding for a countywide broadband strategy.

More About Broadband

By the Numbers

We are working to end the digital divide to create a more equitable broadband landscape. Broadband connectivity will foster economic growth, promote telehealth, and improve internet speeds for local hospitals and students.

  • $444,787 Grant Awarded
  • SB 156 $6B Multi-Year Investment
  • 158 Miles of SBC Middle-Mile Build
  • 3.25B to Middle Mile Connectivity

SB 156 Became Law

of Californians do not have internet
We Identified the Need

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