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San Luis Obispo County Research Paper

            San Luis Obispo County, or SLO, was incorporated February 18, 1850, and is home to many great landmarks including Hearst Castle, Morro Bay, and Grover/Pismo State Dunes. I found that there are five seats on the Board of Supervisors. Frank Mecham is the supervisor for District 1 which includes Paso Robles, Templeton, and San Miguel. Bruce Gibson is the supervisor for District 2 which includes Morro Bay, Cambria, and Cayucos. The District 3 Supervisor and Vice Chairman of the board are Adam Hill, and his district includes the cities of Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, and San Luis Obispo. The District 4 Supervisor Lynn Compton also serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Supervisors and her district includes Oceano, Arroyo Grande, and Nipomo. The 5th and the final district is supervised by Debbie Arnold and includes the cities of Atascadero, xSanta Margarita, and Creston. The top 5 agricultural products are strawberries, wine grapes, cattle, broccoli, and transplant vegetable, in that order. The top 5 industries are agriculture, tourism, real estate, wine, and technology. All of this information was found on the county website, www.slocounty.ca.gov. .
             There were quite a few other services highlighted on the county website. For example drought information links, resources for people affected by the recent Chimney fire, and a link for people to work at polling stations for the upcoming election. The main focus of the county site was the possible closure of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear power plant. I also found a link to the county's Economic Development Corporation. San Luis Obispo County uses a private non-profit organization called Economic Vitality Corp. Their website is very informative, it includes data for productivity, quality of life, income by industry, and workforce preparedness. From this page I found that the county grosses almost 13.1 billion dollars a year, residents have an average annual income of $39,800, and the high school dropout rate is only 6%.

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