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September 2012
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Squaw/Alpine Ready to Roll out $24M in Improvements
Innovative Sprinkler System Saves Homes from Fires
Local Fall Appeteasers Pub Crawl Planned for Downtown Auburn
Roseville Ready to Spruce up Downtown
Tractor Supply Company Opening Store in North Auburn
Conservation Groups to Buy Royal Gorge Property for 11.25 Million
Auburn, Woodland Hospitals Tie for Best Safety Record in State
Meet your Merchant: Wanda's Flower Shop, Tahoe City
Sellstate's Crespillo Make Top 1,000 List
New Downtown Grocerty Store Focuses on Healthful, Organic
23rd Annual Employer Seminar sponsored by FEAC & SPEAC & EDD
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Squaw/Alpine Ready to Roll out $24M in Improvements

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows announced in August nearly $24 million in capital improvements for the 2012-13 winter season. This year's investment follows the $15 million in base area and on-mountain improvements done last winter. New projects for the coming ski and snowboard season include significant snowmaking improvements at both resorts; a new high-speed, six passenger chairlift; improved High Camp beginner experience at Squaw; and a mile-long terrain park at Alpine Meadows. This winter season marks year two of the Renaissance, originally billed as a five-year, $50 million capital improvement plan bringing dramatic improvements to Squaw. Now, the Renaissance will total nearly $70 million in improvements to both Squaw and Alpine by winter 2015-16. For details, visit the Sierra Sun at click here.

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Innovative Sprinkler System Saves Homes from Fires

 

Roof Saver Sprinklers, a Foresthill company owned and run by Tim Gunn and family, sells a patented design of sprinklers that requires no roof attachments or anchor weights. "We use only the best materials available - galvanized steel, brass fittings, brass impulse sprinklers, and commercial grade hoses," Gunn said. "Our systems are made in the USA and built to last. Our systems are affordable." Gunn, his wife Deena and son John spent several years doing research and planning before receiving a patent on their sprinkler system in March 2010. They launched their website that summer "During the recent Robbers fire, we had compliments from Cal Fire and various structure protection teams that saw our sprinklers in action," he said. "Once people see our products, they practically sell themselves." Gunn and family are excited about a new product line of sprinkler systems to wash solar panels. "Our philosophy is to keep it simple and provide the best product at an affordable price." For details, visit Roof Saver Sprinklers at click link.

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Local Fall Appeteasers Pub Crawl Planned for Downtown Auburn Saturday, September 29th

As many as six restaurants and pubs will open their doors to patrons participating in a progressive party in Downtown Auburn on September 29th.  The concept, developed by AppeteasersUSA, a restaurant and bar tour company based in Folsom, has proved popular in Folsom, Roseville, Davis, and Sacramento. The first Auburn tour was held last October, to rave reviews. "We work with locally-owned and operated business," said Michelle Long, Appeteasers' regional manager. "We want to bring people to local areas to help support those businesses and keep them there." The four-hour walking tour, for ages 21 and over, costs $30 per person. The "portable party" visits an establishment for 30 minutes, then moves together to the next. At each one, the owner or manager is able to address the crowd and promote the business. Businesses also provide samples of their food, included in the price of the tour. The following restaurants are participating on September 29:  Mangia, an Italian Eatery; Pistol Pete's; Flying Pig BBQ; Little Belgium Deli & Beer Bar; The 160 Club; Local Heroes and Monkey Cat.  Beverages are available at a discount. AppeteasersUSA can organize local FUNdraisers, networking opportunities and company events such as holiday parties.  For details, visit AppeteasersUSA at click here.

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Roseville Ready to Spruce up Downtown

Roseville officials are getting started on $8 million worth of improvements in downtown, including a new town square that will function as an entertainment venue. The $4 million town square is pegged for a portion of the parking lot at the civic center, which became surplus when a 560-space garage was built across the street, said John Sprague, CEO of the Roseville Community Development Corp. The town square will feature two stages, an interactive water feature, and a promenade that would provide space for a farmers' market, wine festival, and other events operated by the city's parks and recreation department. The project should be finished by March 2013. The city is also spending $4 million to upgrade sewer, electrical, and water lines to accommodate more intense activities downtown. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here.

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Tractor Supply Company Opening Store in North Auburn

Two years after 84 Lumber closed the doors of its Dry Creek Road building in North Auburn, a new company has taken over the site. Tractor Supply Company has begun renovations and plans to open at the end of October. A grand opening is targeted for Nov. 10, said spokesman Rob Hoskins in a press release. The interior of the 38,100-square-foot space will include a sales floor and support service space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and display items. The store plans to hire 12 to 17 full- and part-time employees from the local community. "Tractor Supply looks forward to being a member of the Auburn Community," said district manager Pat Hardin in a press release. For details, visit the Auburn Journal at click here.

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Conservation Groups to Buy Royal Gorge Property for 11.25 Million 

 

Conservation groups are hailing it as the most significant Sierra Nevada land acquisition "in our lifetimes." The 3,000-acre Royal Gorge property west of Truckee will be purchased by a regional conservation consortium that will protect the property for years to come, officials said in early August. The historic property, nestled atop Donner Summit, boasts landscapes and tales iconic of the American West - a Native American trade route, a critical portion of the historic Transcontinental Railroad, and a biologically significant habitat for a multitude of species. It will be purchased for $11.25 million by the Trust for Public Land, the Truckee Donner Land Trust, and the Northern Sierra Partnership. The Truckee Donner trust will own and manage the property after the sale is complete. Completion hinges on the conservation groups' ability to raise $13.5 million by Dec. 20, said Perry Norris, executive director of Truckee Donner Trust. For details, visit the Sierra Sun at click here.

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Auburn, Woodland Hospitals Tie for Best Safety Record in State

Two small hospitals in the Sacramento region - Sutter Auburn Faith and Woodland Memorial - tied with a heart hospital in Bakersfield for the best safety record in California, according to a study by Consumer Reports. The three hospitals each earned a safety score of 68, among the highest in the nation. Two other local hospitals ranked in the state's top 10, including Sutter Medical Center Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center, with ratings of 64 and 62, respectively. The study focused on six categories: infections, readmissions, communication, CT scanning, complications, and mortality. Researchers also concluded all hospitals could do better - the top score of 72 leaves room for improvement. For details, visit the Sacramento Business Journal at click here or Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital at click here.

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Meet your Merchant:  Wanda's Flower Shop, Tahoe City

A popular business in North Lake Tahoe, Wanda's Flower Shop has been open for 25 years. Founder and owner, Wanda Bambery, has been working with plants and flowers for more than 30 years. Bambery's downtown Tahoe City shop specializes in custom arrangements for weddings and other special events, businesses, and individual customers. The shop is stocked with the freshest flowers available by delivery, and Bambery often travels to Sacramento and Reno to pick out flowers herself. Bambery's work can be seen at various businesses and restaurants around North Lake Tahoe, including Sunnyside Resort and Wolfdale's restaurant, which get weekly arrangements from her. She has provided flowers for Jake's at the Lake since the restaurant opened in 1978. When designing, Bambery likes to work with flowers in season, including wild flowers, she said, giving her bouquets a true Tahoe feel. For details, visit Wanda's Flower Shop at click here or Sierra Sun at click here.

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Sellstate's Crespillo Make Top 1,000 List

Marguerite Crespillo of Sellstate Realty was recently named one of America's top real estate professionals by the Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends. Crespillo is now a member of "The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals," a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two publications. She is also ranked in the top one-half of one percent of the more than 963,000 professionals nationwide. The ranking for individuals takes into account sales volume and "transaction sides" (sides being the buyer's and the seller's). Crespillo had transaction sides totaling 229, ranking her 66th in the nation. "Crespillo's award-winning efforts were nothing short of phenomenal considering the challenging real estate market, said Steve Murray, founder of REAL Trends, which compiled the list. To learn more, visit Crespillo's profile at click here or Sellstate Realty at click here.

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New Downtown Grocerty Store Focuses on Healthful, Organic

The focus of Carol Lee Meinhold's new Downtown Auburn grocery store, Gaia's Basket, is gluten-free and organic. But the items she stocks are products she and her family know and use. "I've researched every product that comes in and checked the labels to get the cleanest, healthiest choices that taste good," Meinhold said. A certified occupational therapy assistant, she has been thinking for years about opening her own business. She found the right spot on Central Square, and after doing some remodeling there, opened in mid-August. Meinhold describes the inventory as "a work in progress" based on customers' suggestions and her own ideas. For instance, she will soon be offering blended drinks and pre-made raw foods in the refrigerator section. Most of the produce she carries is locally grown. "I plan to carry seasonal vegetables and definitely organic." Gaia's Basket is located at 937 Lincoln Way, Auburn. For details, visit the Auburn Journal at click here.

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23rd Annual Employer Seminar sponsored by FEAC & SPEAC & EDD

The Foothill and South Placer Employer Advisory Councils, in partnership with the Employment Development Department, will present the 23rd Annual Employer Seminar on October 16, 2012 from 8am- 4pm at The Ridge Golf Club, 2020 Golf Course Road in Auburn.  The seminar is designed for human resource professionals, business owners and front line supervisors/ managers to help keep their company current on the latest developments in employment law that impact their business operations.  The seminar qualifies for six hours of HRCI recertification credit hours.  In addition, the seminar will feature keynote speaker Brian Shul.   Don't miss his inspiring message.  Cost: $99 (members), $149 (non-members).  For more information or to RSVP, please call 530-823-7000 or email rachelle@calpay.biz.

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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