IN PROGRESS ONLINE
Office of Economic Development, Placer County, California
Vol. 10, No. 4
Foodies of America rejoice! Guy Fieri of the Food Network has come to Roseville. Fieri is the owner of the recently opened Roseville restaurant, Johnny Garlic’s California Grill. “We believe that we’re here to make our guests happy,” Fieri said. “You should be able to get your meal the way you want it.” Popular meals at Johnny Garlic’s include Cajun Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon. A “not to be missed” appetizer is the “Brick in the Wall” bird, which features 10 large chicken wings tossed with Fieri’s signature seven-spice rub with cilantro pesto sauce. “People can expect an environment that is kid friendly,” Fieri said. “There’s an open kitchen and bar area. It’s a casual, fun place.” Johnny Garlic’s is located at 10505 Fairway Dr. in Roseville. For details, visit Johnny Garlic’s at http://www.johnnygarlics.com/
or the Placer Herald at http://placerherald.com/detail/104485.html.
About 80 employer tables will be awaiting job seekers at the Placer County Career Fair on May 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville. Among groups and companies attending, with job openings, training, and career ideas, will be the California Highway Patrol, Chapman University, Colonial Healthcare, DiMaxx Technologies, National University Sacramento, PRIDE Industries, Safeway, State Farm Insurance, and the University of San Francisco. Scheduled presentations include “How to Stand Apart from the Crowd and Get the Job” and “Is State Employment for You?” The fair is hosted by Placer County Office of Economic Development, Gold Country Media, Workforce Investment Board, and the Roseville Chamber of Commerce. For details and a complete company list, or to apply online before the career fair, visit http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/hhs/public_assistance/CalWorks/jobfairs.aspx or contact Cindy Burris at (530) 889-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Placer County will host a Regional Cultural & Heritage Tourism Workshop on April 29 and 30. The workshop will focus on connecting heritage, arts and culture, agriculture, recreation, and tourism to harness the potential for collaborative projects that span the region. The program starts with a “tourism assets tour,” providing a guided overview of the county’s tourism amenities - natural, scenic, cultural and historic. This “snapshot” will be used to frame tourism programs and projects during the second day’s workshop. A welcome reception on April 29 at the Flower Farm Inn in Loomis will feature a Placer County showcase of local food and wine. The April 30 workshop will begin with a docent-led tour of Feats of Clay XXII at the historic Gladding McBean factory in Lincoln. Registration is $35. For details, visit the Auburn Journal at
http://auburnjournal.com/detail/110897.html?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=regional+cultural+%26+heritage+tourism+workshop&user_id=&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&event_ts_to=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=1&sub_type=stories&town_id=&page= or Placer Valley Tourism at http://www.placertourism.com/View/?pid=721a21c09e044a15b7d62646bddf1aa4
Trofholz Technologies, Inc. is midway through a $5.4 million federal contract to design security systems for Folsom Dam and the power plant at the foot of the dam. The contract is with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The work is scheduled for completion August 28. A Rocklin-based systems integrator and provider of networking, security installation, and business management services, Trofholz mostly does business with the federal government, but also with state and local agencies. The six-year old company’s corporate office is at 2207 Plaza Dr., Ste.100, in Rocklin. For details visit Trofholz Technologies at http://www.tti-tech.com/ or Sacramento Business Journal at http://sacramento.bizjournals.com/sacramento/stories/2009/03/16/story12.html
At its grand opening in March, Black Bear Outdoors hosted a party complete with BBQ, raffles, prizes, games, and a sale of 10 percent off all rentals. The new Loomis store, at 3587 Taylor Rd., across from the Blue Goose Fruit Shed, provides kayak rentals and sales of whitewater and flatwater kayaks, along with rafting rentals and repairs. Also available are supplies for backpacking, camping, fishing, snowshoeing, rock climbing, and biking, plus a large selection of disc golf equipment. Black Bear also offers classes in CPR, first aid/swift water rescue. The new store schedules kayaking trips for customers through Mariah Wilderness Expeditions. Inside the store is a 20-foot rock-climbing wall. For details, visit Black Bear Outdoors at http://www.blackbearoutdoors.net/ or Loomis News at http://theloomisnews.com/detail/108684.html
Taiko Drumming Ensemble to Perform in North Tahoe
On Ensemble, a contemporary Taiko (Japanese drumming) quartet, will perform at North Tahoe High School on Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m. On Ensemble (pronounced “ohn”) takes the ancient instruments of Taiko into new realms. Infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock, and electronica, On Ensemble’s unique sound has been praised as “completely original and brilliantly conceived.” On Ensemble’s four members are individually recognized as leading artists in their field and sought after as teachers, workshop leaders, composers, and performers. Together, they combine their study and deep appreciation of tradition to create a repertoire of ground-breaking music. Presented by Arts for the Schools. For details, visit Arts for the Schools at http://artsfortheschools.org/events/08_09_community.shtml or On Ensemble at http://onensemble.org/
New Guide Spotlights Placer County Agriculture
Local small farms are flourishing. That’s evident in the new Placer County Agricultural Guide, which includes 154 producers of everything from fruits and vegetables to freshly milled rice. “It’s to connect consumers to the producers available in Placer County,” said Nancyjo Riekse, agricultural marketing director, who compiled the guide. The result is a cornucopia of opportunities to sample locally grown bounty, including wine. The guide is organized alphabetically by location. Icons provide at-a-glance information on products, tours, shipping, and onsite sales. The 34-page publication is available at many locations, including farmers’ markets, area chambers of commerce, and the Placer County Visitors Center. For details, visit the Auburn Journal at http://auburnjournal.com/detail/109403.html?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=new+agricultural+guide&user_id=&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&event_ts_to=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=1&sub_type=stories&town_id=&page
or PlacerGrown at http://www.placergrown.org/
Owners of a new showroom in Penryn hope it will become the “go-to” place for eco-friendly products in the area. Eric Salci, ES Electrical and Solar, and Robert Lenney of Rain Harvesting Systems, celebrated the grand opening of their new venture, The Green House, last month. “We decided to open the store to showcase products and have a place where we can talk to people and teach them how to conserve energy and go green,” Salci said. “We want to be the one-stop shop for efficiency devices.” The store has a working rain harvesting system on display as well as solar panels and a solar system. Another feature is a big screen TV on which Salci can pull up a homeowner’s residence from Google Earth and analyze how much solar it needs and how much the owner could save with solar. The Green House is located at 2210 Taylor Rd., in Penryn. For details, visit the Auburn Journal at
Placer County held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 25 to celebrate the start of construction on an interchange that will eliminate Highway 65’s last intersection with traffic signals between Interstate 80 and Lincoln. The interchange is being constructed at the intersection of Hwy. 65 and Sunset Blvd., and is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2010. “The interchange will reduce traffic congestion significantly and help make the highway safer,” said board of supervisors chairman F. C. “Rocky” Rockholm. The interchange will also improve traffic flow in the surrounding area, giving the area’s economic development efforts a boost, and create more than 60 construction jobs. The project will include a six-lane overpass to take Sunset Blvd. over the highway into the Sunset Industrial area. The total cost of the interchange is projected to be about $25 million. For details, visit Placer County at http://www.placer.ca.gov/News/2009/March/Hwy65SunsetInterchange.aspx
The Village at Squaw Valley USA is once again getting ready to celebrate art in the outdoors during the 5th Annual Squaw Valley Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. This highly popular event is scheduled for June 20 & 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with more than 40 award-winning artists featuring a wide variety of artwork, including photography, oil paintings, ceramic vessels, jewelry, and much more. Food, wine, and music also add to the fun of the festival. For details, visit Squaw Valley at http://www.squaw.com/pacific-fine-arts-festival-village-squaw
For the past 11 years, the Northern California World Trade Center has been honoring consuls and trade commissioners at a high-profile luncheon to foster increased international trade between California and its international partners. This year’s luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Freeborn Hall at UC Davis. The event attracts diplomatic representatives from more than 40 countries and hundreds of business leaders from the Northern California region. “This is a perfect opportunity for businesses to engage foreign representatives located in our area,” said Dion Dwyer of the World Trade Center. “Those relationships can help the process of either importing or exporting; they can help maximize the return on investment as regards foreign trade.” The luncheon is $65 for NorCal World Trade Center members; $85 for non-members. For details and to register, visit Northern California World Trade Center at
In Progress Online (IPOL), our monthly economic development e-mail newsletter, 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 email@example.com or visit the OED Web site at http://www.placer.ca.gov/CEO/EconDev.aspx. For past In Progress Online newsletters, go to Placer County Biz News at http://www.placer.ca.gov/CEO/Econdev/business%20news.aspx.