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Loomis man’s big idea earns award

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Editor
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A Loomis man who came up with a big idea for a little town was honored last week by the Placer County Economic Development board. Fourth-generation Loomis native Peter Oakes, who created the Content, Creation and Distribution Expo held last September in downtown Loomis, received the Private Sector Big Idea Award at a breakfast last week. The award was presented by Gary Liss, Loomis town councilman and Economic Development Board member, who said, “Our recipient blazed new trails with a very 21st century twist” and said the “event was a combined trade show, conference and festival spotlighting new technologies that make it easier, quicker and cheaper to create and distribute content for movies, television, music, education and communications.” Liss quoted Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes as saying, “A big advantage of the new technologies is they allow individuals and companies to be where they want, freeing them of the need to locate in traditional media and technical centers.” Liss said more than 1,500 people attended the first-time event and businesses throughout Loomis, Auburn and South Placer County reported a “significant uptick in revenues.” Liss said panels and workshops held at the Expo “sparked creativity, new equipment never-before-seen in the U.S. was displayed, and cutting edge industry showcased new and emerging technologies.” He said Academy Award, Emmy Award and Grammy Award winner attended. “Organizers and volunteers moved heaven and earth, even constructing a beautiful new stage in downtown Loomis, completed just five hours before the ribbon-cutting,” Liss said. Oakes said he is planning to hold the second annual Expo on Sept. 28 and 29, in downtown Loomis. More information is available at