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Placer County's 
In Progress Online Newsletter

January 2012
In This Issue
PlacerGROWN Welcomes "I Love Farmers" to 2012 Food & Farm Conference
Auburn's Carpe Vino Makes Open Table Fine Dining List
Tahoe City's Alpenglow Sports Passes to New Owner
Gold Country Named a Lonely Planet Top 10 Travel Destination
Dingus McGee's Restaurant Reopens in Auburn
FoodWineArt Magazine Covers Sierra Foothills and Tahoe
Squaw Valley Resort Offers New Dining Options
Roseville Office/Warehouse Built Greener Than Green
Former Nordstrom Manager Opens Auburn Boutique
Auburn Symphony to Present "Cathedrals of Sound" Concert
County Subsidies Help Pay for New Worker's Salaries
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PlacerGROWN Welcomes "I Love Farmers" to 2012 Food & Farm Conference

"I Love Farmers, They Feed My Soul" is a national agricultural advocacy group of young people aiming to inform other young people, primarily in urban areas, about agricultural issues, and family farming in particular. One of the group's founders, J. Scott Vernon, a Cal Poly professor, will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Food and Farm Conference, February 4, at Lincoln High School, in Lincoln. The group's mission, Vernon said, is "to celebrate the choices we have in the marketplace for our food supply...helping young people understand the importance of balance in American agriculture that will secure our domestic food supply." Through the use of new media technology, "I Love Farmers" has become one of the fastest-growing FaceBook groups in the world on farm advocacy issues. Workshops, panel discussions and a local food lunch make up the Food and Farm Conference day, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For details and to register, visit PlacerGROWN at click here.

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Auburn's Carpe Vino Makes Open Table Fine Dining List

 

OpenTable Inc., an online site for reservations and other services for restaurants, has named Auburn's Carpe Vino, among the top 10 on its fine dining list. Member reviews of more than 12,000 restaurants in the country, gave top listings to four in the Sacramento area, including Carpe Vino. "The restaurants on the list are wonderfully varied," said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's chief dining officer, "but they have one overwhelming quality in common - each establishment is taking every opportunity to deliver a superb dining experience." The survey was based on information collected from OpenTable diners between December 2010 and November 2011. Launched in 2008, OpenTable has generated more than 10 million reviews. Carpe Vino, opened in Old Town Auburn in August 2002, features regional wines and dishes made with locally grown produce and meats. For details visit the Sacramento Business Journal click here or Carpe Vino click here.

 

Tahoe City's Alpenglow Sports Passes to New Owner

Alpenglow Sports of Tahoe City, established in 1979, has been acquired by Alpenglow manager Brendan Madigan, an outdoor enthusiast with 15 years in the outdoor industry. Madigan bought the business from original owner Donald Fyfe in December. "Don acted as my mentor in both a business and personal arena," said Madigan, "and I am lucky and grateful to have worked for such a pioneer in the outdoor industry." Alpenglow specializes in equipment for backcountry and Nordic skiing, mountaineering, trail running, rock climbing, backpacking, and hiking. "The business possesses a proven model that centers on user-based expertise, experience, and passion for the sports that Alpenglow sells," Madigan said. "In short, we sell fun, which makes coming to work more of an extension of our lifestyles than actual work." The business will continue to grow in the event and social media world, Madigan noted. Right now, its strong media presence conveys the Tahoe mountain lifestyle to nearly 2,000 Facebook and Twitter followers. For details, visit Alpenglow Sports at click here.

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Gold Country Named a Lonely Planet Top 10 Travel Destination

The Gold Country was recently named as one of the country's top 10 must-see destinations for 2012 by the Lonely Planet Guide. Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel publisher, releases its annual list of destinations chosen from "new, interesting, up-and-coming or likely-to-be-missed places in the following year." Jan Decker, CEO of Placer County Visitors Bureau/California Welcome Center Auburn, is thrilled with the designation. "We are very excited and proud to have received this important industry distinction," Decker said. "The visitors bureau, in partnership with other Gold Country Visitors' Association members, works very hard to brand and promote California's Gold Country. Our efforts seem to be paying off." Lonelyplanet.com receives more than 10 million visits every month. For details, click here or Placer County Visitors Bureau at click here.

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Dingus McGee's Restaurant Reopens in Auburn

Nine years ago, the Colfax Dingus McGee's restaurant closed after almost 30 years in business. Recently, it's been reopened in Auburn at the site of the former Headquarter House by Dave Nelson, a co-owner of the original McGee's, and his wife Danielle. Earlier, the couple opened Big Salad Shops in Sacramento, Folsom, and Auburn. They spent months sprucing up the Headquarter House building, which now has seating room for more than 100 patrons. The new Dingus McGee's has a full menu of starters (including Cajun Popcorn), soups and salads, steaks (including Drunken Sirloin, grilled New York steak with mushrooms, green onions and Dingus Whiskey Sauce), burgers (including Cajun Bayou Burger), old and new favorites (such as Pork Chop Normandy with apples and brandy cream sauce), seafood (including Blackened Catfish), and pasta (such as Cajun Seafood Fettuccine). Dingus McGee's is located at 14500 Musso Rd. For details click here.

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FoodWineArt Magazine Covers Sierra Foothills and Tahoe

 

Restaurants, wineries, art shows and events - that's what's reported on in a free, quarterly magazine covering Placer County and the surrounding region. Sierra FoodWineArt publishes and distributes 12,000 copies to more than 300 locations each quarter. "Visitors and locals alike find timely magazine articles in our publication, as well as maps, directories, and ads printed on high-quality paper stock in full color," notes a magazine press release. Editorial content is overseen by owner Jeff Peline, an award-winning journalist with 30 years of experience, including editing and management positions at the San Francisco Chronicle and CNET. Recently, Sierra FoodWineArt announced that it is now being distributed at the Total Wine & More superstore in Roseville. For details and to see past issues, visit Sierra FoodWineArt at click here.

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Squaw Valley Resort Offers New Dining Options

As part of the resort's $50 million renaissance, Squaw Valley has welcomed a host of new dining venues on-mountain and in The Village. Ten new restaurants and eateries have been added to the resort, bringing the total to 32, in all offering something to suit every palate. Rocker@Squaw, opening in the Village, includes artistic tributes to Squaw's legendary athletes and has an adventurous menu to match. On the mountain, Squaw is opening North America's first ski-in/ski-out Starbucks and a new café and market at the top of the resort's Funitel. Other new options range from eateries featuring gourmet cupcakes and gelato to creative sandwiches, and dazzling new après ski hot spots. Squaw Valley's iconic peak, KT-22 is the backdrop for the après ski party at the KT Base Bar, hosted on the deck of Olympic House. The Terrace, located at High Camp, elevation 8,200 feet, will reopen this winter. For details, visit Squaw Valley at click here.

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Roseville Office/Warehouse Built Greener Than Green

In June 2008 Kevin Kemper, arborist and environmental consultant, broke ground on a commercial project meant to demonstrate just how efficient and comfortable a building can be. The result, opened for businesses in April 2010, is a 21,000-square-foot building that actually exceeds LEED Platinum standards for energy efficiency. The building design incorporates dozens of green features, including insulated concrete forms (ICF) for the walls; Cool Roof Membrane for the flat roof; Multiple Layer Radiant Barrier Insulation (similar to the kind used by NASA in insulating spacecraft); six-foot roof overhang to shield walls from sun; solar panels used to heat water, which then heats the building's floors; and multiple skylights providing day-lighting of the whole building. The unique warehouse and office building now houses Aikido & Healing Center, offering classes in martial arts, yoga, and pilates; Roseville Brewing Co. brewing locally-sold beer; a new tree care business called Treescapes; and Dream Theatre, a performing arts center for adults with special needs. "The building is for people who care about green building and support it," Kemper said. For details, click here or the Press Tribune at click here.

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Former Nordstrom Manager Opens Auburn Boutique

Lifelong Auburn resident Jessica Woods is the new owner of the former Ramona Lou's clothing shop in Downtown Auburn. Woods put her stamp on the shop immediately, renaming it Ro-Sham-Bo Boutique. "I wanted to create something that was really fun that people my age could identify with in popular culture because everyone knows ro-sham-bo with rock, paper, scissors," she said. She's also brought in clothing, jewelry, and shoes that reflect her personal style -- a mix of vintage and modern trends that she finds at thrift stores, yard sales, and wholesale outlets. She also carries younger lines that will appeal to high school students, and jewelry and shoes for all ages. Woods's retail experience includes six years with Nordstrom in Santa Barbara. For details, visit the Auburn Journal click here or click here.

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Auburn Symphony to Present "Cathedrals of Sound" Concert

On January 21 and 22, the Auburn Symphony will present Masterworks Concert Two, "Cathedrals of Sound." The program includes Bruckner's Fourth Symphony and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24. "Mozart at his most dramatic is the perfect foil for the towering musical architecture and poetry of Bruckner's visionary Fourth Symphony," notes the concert listing. Konstantin Soukhovetski, a renowned young Russian pianist will perform the Mozart concerto. In two of his many rave reviews, Soukhovetski is cited as "supremely accomplished technically," and "a master interpreter of Mozart's music." The concert will be presented at Placer High Auditorium, in Auburn, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For details and tickets, visit Auburn Symphony at click here.

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County Subsidies Help Pay for New Worker's Salaries

Placer County's Get Hired program helps welfare recipients find jobs while letting small businesses expand their workforce on a budget. The Placer County program, launched in October, gives employers up to $800 a month for at least six months to hire new workers. Get Hired, approved by Placer County through its Employment Services Program, is particularly useful for small businesses on tight budgets. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees are the program's focus, said Katie Kenoyer, placement specialist with the county's Department of Health and Human Services. To be eligible for the Get Hired program, the prospective employee must be a client of the CalWORKs Program, also known as Welfare to Work. The money that would usually go to a recipient as welfare is instead given to the employer as partial reimbursement for the employee's salary. The ultimate goal is to help workers become full-time employees, Kenoyer said. For details visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here or Placer County at 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 or visit the OED Website. For past In Progress Online newsletters, go to Placer County Biz News