Wednesday Mar 19 2008
Blue Goose earns foundation sweet award
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
South Placer Heritage Foundation honored for restoration work
LOOMIS “ The Blue Goose Fruit Shed's rebirth as a community hub has been acknowledged by Placer County's economic development leaders. The South Placer Heritage Foundation was honored March 19 by the Placer County Economic Development Board at the 17th annual Economic Development Summit as Public Sector Award winner. Nominated by Christine Turner, the county's agricultural commissioner, the Heritage Foundation and its restoration work at the Loomis landmark were lauded for turning the former fruit-packing shed into a community and business center. The building also houses Blue Goose Produce and the Loomis News. Many popular events are now held at the 77-year-old Blue Goose on Taylor Road, including the two-day Cowpoke Fall Gathering of Cowboy Poetry and Music. The building occupies 26,000 square feet along Taylor Road. The foundation is very excited to receive an award like this “ all the efforts put into the Blue Goose project have helped the region and we're proud to be part of that, said Randy Elder, president of the foundation. The South Placer Heritage Foundation, is a non-profit organization. It led a $350,000 effort that involved volunteers in the community in partnership with local business interests. The foundation has done an outstanding job in restoring the Blue Goose fruit shed through the involvement of community volunteers and businesses donating time, labor, expertise and materials to make it happen, Turner said. The restored building is now serving as an important community and business center and celebrates Placer County's rich agricultural history as the one-time fruit capital of the world. River City Bank's Lincoln Branch was named Business Advantage Network Employer of the Year. The bank was praised as a community leader over 30 years in the Sacramento region and for its efforts since opening a branch in Lincoln seven years ago to employ senior employees as a way of demonstrating that they're meeting the needs of senior banking customers. Rocklin's ECO:LOGIC Engineering was presented with the Private Sector Award. The 14-year-old firm has grown from five people to a business employing 160 water specialists. ECO:LOGIC engineered, planned and oversaw construction of the city of Lincoln Wastewater Treatment and Reclamation Facility. Keynote speaker at Wednesday's summit was John Shirey, executive director of the California Redevelopment Association. There are 395 redevelopment agencies connected to local government in California, including five in Placer County. Auburn, Placer County, Lincoln and Rocklin redevelopment projects were awarded community service awards for outstanding redevelopment efforts. Shirey said it is important for redevelopment agencies to continue to free up funding for projects in the current economic climate. Good things can happen for redevelopment agencies spending money in this down economy, Shirey said. The Journal's Gus Thomson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post a comment at auburnjournal.com.