Described by the Marin Independent Journal as “a savvy political veteran," Supervisor Judy Arnold has served on the Novato City Council as well as the staffs of two state senators. She has seen and participated in the growth of life sciences in the North Bay, including the campaign to bring the Buck Institute for Research on Aging to Novato.
“In itself, having the Buck Institute for Research here is a magnet for the life sciences. In the past, Marin Economic Forum did a study about industries likely to thrive in Marin—life sciences was amongst the top, and that’s proven to be a solid prediction. They are coming here and we need to keep them here. We need to attract them and then make it so good for them that they want to stay. That means government getting behind this, the counties and the cities offering incentives for them to come and stay. That’s an important thing for us to do.”
She notes that politicians have a role to play in making relocation a reality. “Businesses are not good at the bureaucratic maze: they just walk. If we need to step in as government officials and say, ‘Make this easy for them,' then this is what we should do."
When it comes to the way Marin lifestyle differs from other Bay Area regions, Judy memorably notes, “Marin County is the lungs of the Bay Area. We don’t have wild nightlife, but we have 85% of the most protected and beautiful land there is. It’s our parks, open spaces, ranches. I believe young people prize that more than nightlife. They want to come here, bike, hike and be healthy. This is the place to enjoy that lifestyle. The magic of the North Bay inspires creativity.”