TAHOE, Calif. — Brendan Madigan, owner of AlpenGlow Sports and Dave Polivy, co-owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports were recognized for their contributions to economic prosperity during the 22nd annual Placer County Economic Development Summit.
The Placer County Economic Development Board, 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.
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.
The award winners are:
Brendan Madigan of Alpenglow Sports, who received a Private-Sector Award for Entrepreneurship and Economic Vitality;
Dave Polivy, a Public-Sector Award for his leading role in strengthening community partnerships through such organizations as the North Tahoe Business Association;
Kelly and Mike Drust of Beermann’s Restaurant in Lincoln, recipients of the Private-Sector Business of the Year Award;
Rocklin-based Icing on the Cupcake, winner of a Private-Sector Small Business Award that recognized its contributions to the economy and local charities;
The Mountain Mandarin Festival, a Private-Sector Award for its support of agriculture;
The City of Auburn and Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, a Public-Sector award for organizing Auburn Industry 2012; and
Jim Datzman, a Public-Sector Award for taking the lead in organizing last year’s Lincoln Boulevard Celebration, the event that kicked off downtown rejuvenation efforts in Lincoln.
The EDB 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 EDB includes representatives from the Placer County Board of Supervisors; the town of Loomis; and the cities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Rocklin and Roseville. It also has members who represent agriculture, public and private education, healthcare, utilities, manufacturing, tourism, communications and nonprofit organizations.
The owner of Alpenglow Sports in Tahoe City, Madigan is credited with getting other businesses in his community involved in a myriad of activities that are bringing vitality to Tahoe City’s downtown area.
Madigan was nominated for his award by Chief Executive Officer Sandy Evans Hall of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Executive Director Steve Hoch of the Tahoe City Downtown Association.
“He has been actively involved in the visioning of Tahoe City and helping others to be able to see why it is so important to create an economically viable area in which to do business,” they wrote. “He is highly respected by his peers and the outdoor community, so his voice for economic development at the lake shore has been critical.”
Polivy, the co-owner of Tahoe Mountain Sports in Kings Beach, was recognized for the instrumental role he played in the formation of a benefit assessment district in Kings Beach. “This is the first maintenance district of its kinds to be approved in the Lake Tahoe Basin and is critical for business access and economic impact once the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project is completed,” wrote Sandy Evans Hall of the Resort Association and Executive Director Joy Doyle of the North Tahoe Business Association in nominating Polivy for his award.
They credited him with using exemplary business practices and a lead-by-example attitude that has positively impacted the North Lake Tahoe community and economy. They also saluted Polivy for sharing his knowledge of e-commerce, online marketing and social media. Polivy serves on the Economic Vitality Committee of the North Tahoe Business Association. Tahoe Mountain Sports is noted for supporting local nonprofit organizations and many annual North Lake Tahoe events.