High Hand gets a high-five from county board

Nursery and cafe owners honored with economic development award
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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Scott Paris, owner of High Hand Nursery and Café, has been honored by the Placer County Economic Development board. Paris, and his wife, Lisa, received the private sector award for agriculture at the board’s 20th annual breakfast summit held March 29 at Sun City Roseville. Each year, the board presents awards to recognize public and private sector contributions to the county’s economic wellbeing. High Hand was recognized for serving as a destination that draws visitors to Placer County from throughout the region. Paris, 45, was also recognized for the contributions he has made to the Loomis community, particularly the landscaping at the Loomis Train Depot, the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce office, and the Loomis Fire Protection District headquarters. Miguel Ucovich, a Loomis councilman, nominated Paris for the award. “High Hand has become a regional attraction for hundreds of people on a daily basis,” Ucovich said. Ucovich also said High Hand serves as a focal point for the downtown business district. Housed in a historic fruit shed, High Hand is also a symbol of the community’s character, he said. Paris said it’s “always nice to get recognized for our hard work.” He also thanked Ucovich for nominating High Hand and for “the support of the town council and Loomis town hall.” He is also grateful that the county board is aware of the good things that are going on in Loomis. Perry Beck, Loomis town manager, said High Hand is one of the top 25 sales tax revenue-generating businesses in town. High Hand’s nursery, restaurant, flower shop and landscape division provide jobs to 62 employees. The other businesses that won private-sector honors were Robbjack Corp. of Lincoln, the award for manufacturing; Thunder Valley Casino Resort, of Lincoln, the award for leisure and hospitality; ioSAFE Corp., of Auburn, the award for technology; and TGH Aviation, of Auburn, the Robert M. Weygandt private sector award. The Dr. Gerald Angove Public Sector Award was presented to the Westfield Galleria at Roseville Mall recovery team. The team was made up of long list of employees from the mall, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, the city of Roseville, Placer County agencies and federal and state agencies involved in the recovery effort after the mall burned last October. The Economic Development Board is an advisory board that assists the county with its business attraction and retention efforts. It promotes the creation of new jobs and tax revenue and supports tourism, agribusiness, film production and workforce development initiatives. The board consists of elected-official representatives from Placer County, the town of Loomis, and the cities of Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln and Colfax. Other board members represent agriculture, education, utilities, manufacturing, tourism and healthcare.