Two of eight Economic Development Summit winners from Lincoln

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Lincoln Jim Datzman and the Beermann’s Restaurant owners were two of the eight winners recognized for contributions to local economic prosperity at the 22nd annual Placer County Economic Development Summit last week.

The Placer County Economic Development Board, the annual breakfast meeting sponsor, presented its inaugural 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.

The summit breakfast at Sun City Roseville, with an “Arts, Culture and Economic Prosperity,” theme this year, attracted more than 200 audience members.

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

Joining Smith on the list of this year’s award winners are:

* Brendan Madigan of Alpenglow Sports, who received a Private-Sector Award for Entrepreneurship and Economic Vitality;

* 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;

* 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; and

* Dave Polivy, a Public-Sector Award for his leading role in strengthening community partnerships through such organizations as the North Tahoe Business Association;   

The county’s 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 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.

During the breakfast a week ago Wednesday, Beermann’s Restaurant and Jim Datzman were recognized as described below.


Kelly and Mike Drust were loyal patrons of Beermann’s Restaurant before it closed and remained vacant for six years. The couple bought the restaurant, renovated its historic building and reopened Beermann’s on April 11, 2012.

“Their community contributions are extraordinary for a business less than one year old,” said Clark Osterhout of the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce at the gathering.

Today, the restaurant employs almost 50 staff members and is credited with pumping sales tax revenue into the local economy while helping Lincoln’s downtown revitalization efforts gain momentum. In an upstairs room, the restaurant hosts birthdays, reunions, salsa lessons, Zumba and

murder-mystery dinners.

Beermann’s was also recognized for its contributions to Lincoln schools, sports teams, churches and other organizations.


Lincoln resident Jim Datzman was recognized for the leadership role he played in organizing the Lincoln Boulevard Celebration, an event held last October after the Highway 65 Bypass opened. The new bypass takes away through-traffic that had created congestion in downtown Lincoln for many years.

Celebration goals included having residents take a fresh look at downtown businesses and launching a downtown revitalization campaign.

The event was organized by an army of volunteers. Datzman got involved early and took over as event leader when his predecessor became seriously ill.

Rick Bluhm of the city of Lincoln’s economic development committee recognized Datzman, saying the event was an incredible success. More than 5,000 residents and visitors attended the street fair, which featured a parade, 80 vendor booths, children’s activities and a live band.

“Lincoln is fortunate to have a resident population filled with talent, knowledge and experience ready to step up to the plate during these tough economic times and Jim Datzman is the epitome of Lincoln’s talented population,” Bluhm wrote when he nominated Datzman for the award.