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In Progress Online Newsletter

November 2011
In This Issue
Tsuda's Cafe' Opens Second Location
Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows Combining Ownership, Services
ENGEO Ranks in Top Ten Best Places to Work in U.S.
Content Creation & Distribution Expo a Hit
Sutter Auburn Faith Installs High-definition MRI System
Roseville Tax-sharing Agreement Clears Way for City's Expansion
Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Rates AAA Five Diamond Award
HP Wins Control of Autonomy
18th Annual Mandarin Festival Coming November 18-20
Placer County Launches New Small Business Wage Subsidy Program
Deal Will Increase Pride Industries' Hearing-impaired Workforce
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Tsuda's Cafe' Opens Second Location

Tsuda's, a popular Old Town Auburn restaurant and deli, has opened a second location at the Flower Farm Inn & Nursery, on Auburn-Folsom Road. The new location, called Flower Farm Café, offers a smaller version of Tsuda's fare - coffees and teas, gourmet sandwiches and salads, vegetables and fruit from Flower Farm and through PlacerGrown. The café is a collaboration between Flower Farm owner John Bowler and Tsuda's owner Alexandra Carnahan. "Our plans are to put in a full kitchen at the farm and start the full selection in the spring of 2012," Carnahan said. She opened Tsuda's (at the site of the former Tsuda's Market) three years ago with a chef and three other helpers; the staff has since grown to include a head chef (Jinny Richardson, now a partner), sous chef, kitchen manager, kitchen helper, five deli helpers, professional baristas, and a full catering staff. "We have started offering dinners labeled 'from farm to fantastic' that allow us to present amazing full-course food options that all come from within 10 miles," Carnahan said. For details, visit Tsuda's at click here or Flower Farm Inn click here.

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Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows Combining Ownership, Services

 

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resort are combining operations under common ownership and are offering season passes and lift tickets that allow guests to ski and ride on both mountains. The companies announced a new dual-mountain season pass and also a six-day card. The new Tahoe Super Six, $399 for adults, provides six unrestricted days of skiing and riding for the season. The unrestricted adult pass, available for $799, provides unlimited skiing and riding at both resorts for winter 2011-12. "Combining Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley will provide our guests something truly remarkable - a mountain experience unmatched in California, inclusive of expansive and family friendly terrain," said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of the new Squaw-Alpine venture. For details visit the Auburn Journal click here or Squaw Valley at click here.

 

ENGEO Ranks in Top Ten Best Places to Work in U.S.

For the second year in a row, ENGEO Incorporated, located in Rocklin, has been named one of the country's top ten places to work. ENGEO was ranked ninth by Great Place to Work, an annual, national list that recognizes companies with exceptional workplace cultures. Through a rigorous selection process, ENGEO was selected for ranking from among hundreds of companies. Founded in 1971, ENGEO is a comprehensive provider of geotechnical, environmental, hydrologic, and geologic engineering, and construction testing and inspection services. The employee-owned company, with seven offices throughout California, serves a diverse range of public and private clients in the U.S and abroad. For details, click here or click here. To learn more about ENGEO,  click here.

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Content Creation & Distribution Expo a Hit

It's a wrap! Or was, that is, in mid-September at the Content Creation and Distribution Expo, held in Loomis. Best of all, participants want the expo back next year in a "major way," said Beverly Lewis, director of the Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office. "Across the board, the panelists, exhibitors, and attendees all remarked favorably on the caliber of the others present," Lewis said. "One local industry merchant, claiming he had 10 solid leads each day, couldn't have been happier." The CCD Expo brought local and regional companies together with leading-edge individuals and companies that create and distribute media content. About 1500 people experienced the two-day event. A feature article covering the CCD Expo will appear in the 4th-quarter print In Progress newsletter. For more information, contact Lewis at blewis@placer.ca.gov or click here.

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Sutter Auburn Faith Installs High-definition MRI System

A new MRI will enhance diagnostic imaging services at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital. In September, the hospital, an affiliate of Sutter Health, took delivery of a Signa EchoSpeed High Definition 1.5T Short Bore Chamber MRI system from GE Healthcare. The new system features the highest level of software available and offers improved image quality and imaging speed. "Today's technology plays a critical role in patient diagnosis and treatment," said Mitch Hanna, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital CEO. "The more advanced the diagnostic tool, the better physicians can reach a confident diagnosis and provide the best patient care." For details, visit the Auburn Journal click here or Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital click here.

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Roseville Tax-sharing Agreement Clears Way for City's Expansion

 

In October, the Roseville City Council unanimously approved a tax-sharing agreement with Placer County that will pave the way for Roseville's westward expansion. The agreements cover the Sierra Vista and Creekview developments that could be the site of 30,000 new homes when completed over the next several years. The agreements are needed before Roseville will be allowed to annex the properties that total nearly 5,000 acres. That process is still underway. "This balanced agreement is the product of strong collaboration and hard work between Placer County and the city of Roseville," said District 1 Placer County Supervisor Jack Duran. "It will provide an important boost to our regional economy." For details visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here. 

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Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Rates AAA Five Diamond Award

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe has been awarded the prestigious AAA Five Diamond designation, the travel authority's highest rating for hotels and restaurants. Ritz-Carlton is the first hotel or resort in the Lake Tahoe region to achieve this rating. The award places the Ritz-Carlton in a select group representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry. For 2011, only 124 lodgings and 55 restaurants received the Five Diamond rating, accounting for just 0.3 percent of the total 59,000 establishments rated. "Five Diamond establishments do more than provide luxurious surroundings," said Michael Petrone, AAA director of Tourism Information Development. "They consistently deliver a high level of personal attention to every guest." Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe also recently placed among the top ten U.S. resorts in the Conde Nast Readers' Choice Best in the World Hotels and Resorts. For details, visit Ritz-Carlton at click here or Readers' Choice Awards click here. 

 

HP Wins Control of Autonomy

Hewlett-Packard Co. has acquired control of Autonomy Corp, with more than 87 percent of the data management and analysis company's shareholders accepting HP's recently announced $10 billion offer - nearly $39.60 per share - to seal the deal. The acquisition positions HP as a leader in the large and growing enterprise information management space. Autonomy's software offerings power more than 25,000 customer accounts worldwide and, as part of HP, will provide high-value business solutions to help customers manage the explosion of unstructured and structured information. Autonomy, which has headquarters in Britain and San Francisco, will open as a separate business unit, according to an HP news release. Founder and chief executive officer Mike Lynch will continue to lead the Autonomy business and will report to new HP CEO Meg Whitman. HP employs 3,500 people in the Sacramento area, including those at a major campus in Roseville. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here or HP click here. 

Mandarin Festival 

18th Annual Mandarin Festival Coming November 18-20

Orange is the operative color at the county's Mandarin Festival, held every year to celebrate the harvest of locally grown Owari Satsuma Mandarin oranges. This year's fest, November 18, 19, 20, will be held at Gold Country Fairgrounds, in Auburn. Live entertainment, more than 200 quality crafters, professional chefs' cooking demonstrations, a recipe contest, children's activities, delicious Mandarin-flavored foods all create a lively and mouth-watering fall festival, along with Foothills citrus farmers selling their freshly harvested Mandarin oranges. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Newcastle Area Business Association. For details, visit Mandarin Festival click here.

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Placer County Launches New Small Business Wage Subsidy Program

A new subsidized wage program will help local small businesses hire qualified employees. Launched by the county's Health and Human Services Department, the Get HIRED program provides a reimbursement of up to $800 per month for six months when employers hire individuals participating in the county's Employment Services Program. Nonprofit, public, and private sector employers who haven't had layoffs in the last 120 days are eligible to participate in the program, which runs through June 30, 2012. To insure the best match for the job, candidates may first volunteer at a business for 30 days, during which time the state covers Worker's Compensation Insurance. The trial period gives the worker experience and saves the business training costs. Those hired after the trial period receive the same wages and benefits as the company's other employees. For details about the Get HIRED program, contact Katie Kenoyer at (530) 889-4090 or kkenoyer@placer.ca.gov 

Pride Industries 

Deal Will Increase Pride Industries' Hearing-impaired Workforce

Pride Industries Inc. has teamed with a Rocklin-based company, Purple Communications, Inc., to expand job opportunities for the hearing-impaired. Purple Communications is a leading provider of innovative communications solutions for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Through its nationwide network of communication and recruiting services, Purple Communications will help Pride double the number of deaf and hard of hearing workers it employs while creating more career advancement opportunities for those workers. Purple Communications, meanwhile, gains a huge client in Roseville-based Pride, furthering its efforts to expand into private corporations. While Pride is technically a nonprofit, it functions more like a large, private enterprise. For more information visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here, Pride Industries click here or Purple Communications Inc. click here.

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In Progress Online (IPOL), an economic development e-mail newsletter, is published bi-monthly. IPOL covers the latest news on Placer County business and industry, agriculture, tourism, and the arts. It reports on new projects in our cities and towns and keeps readers up to date on the state of the region's economy. IPOL posts news of state and local training, incentives, and loan programs that benefit business. It provides links to more information on each item. News about your business is always welcome.  Please send items, questions, comments, or suggestions to the Office of Economic Development at econdev@placer.ca.gov. For past In Progress Online newsletters, go to Placer County Biz News