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The 22nd Annual Placer County Economic Development Summit

The 22nd annual Placer County Economic Development Summit was held Wednesday.

The Placer County Economic Development Board (EDB), the sponsor of the annual breakfast meeting, presented its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Brent Smith, CEO of the Sierra Economic Development Corporation. For more than 40 years, the agency has provided economic development support to local government agencies, offered small-business lending programs and provided training services to the business community.

Other award winners included organizers of the three events: the annual Mountain Mandarin Festival, Auburn Industry 2012 and a street fair held last year to kick off a downtown rejuvenation campaign in the City of Lincoln. Rounding out the list of award winners were two successful North Lake Tahoe businessmen, a thriving cupcake business based in Rocklin and Kelly and Mike Drust of Beermann’s Restaurant in Lincoln, recipients of the Private-Sector Business of the Year Award. Mike Drust says adding 48-jobs is why he believes they received the award.

Click to hear Mike Drust comment on award

More than 200 people attended this year’s summit breakfast at Sun City Roseville. The theme this year was “Arts, Culture and Economic Prosperity.”

The summit is sponsored by the Economic Development Board (EDB) and organized by the county Office of Economic Development. Each year, the EDB presents awards to recognize public and private-sector contributions to the county’s economic well-being.

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