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Chamber names PG&E as Business of the Year

By: Gloria Young, Jounal Staff Writer
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PG&E?s local office is the Auburn Chamber of Commerce?s Business of the Year for 2012. ?The local office has demonstrated for years its commitment to this community,? said Bruce Cosgrove, chamber CEO. ?Pretty much everything we?ve ever asked of them they have provided. They?ve helped us with the Black & White Ball for years ? (supplying) power we?ve needed for stage locations. They helped us with the depot remodel and preservation project in 1989. They helped us with a variety of things we needed here including conservation suggestions, ideas with lighting, heating and air conditioning, and insulation and window selection.? Local PG&E employees are supporting numerous nonprofits, among them the Auburn Boys & Girls Club, Kids First, Peace for Families, Placer Community Foundation and Placer SPCA, he said. ?In the last couple of years, they?ve helped in Leadership Auburn, providing an educational program as part of the leadership curriculum,? Cosgrove said. Recently, PG&E entered into an agreement to donate 64 acres near the airport to the Auburn Recreation District. ?We think it is a great thing and great for the community to have access to that land,? Cosgrove said. According to PG&E spokeswoman Brittany McKannay, the land donation ?is still a recommendation that?s under approval through the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission) and FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) and will probably be finalized in 2013.? Cosgrove also pointed out disaster response. ?Of course, it is part of their job when a disaster happens,? he said. ?Last spring, the landslide (on the Bear River) that severely damaged the water supply to South Placer County had an effect on thousands of residents. Our local PG&E office reacted very quickly, got right on the project and got it taken care of. The things we take for granted that is their job to do, they do. The things they do for the community above and beyond providing power to this community are significant and we felt they deserve this year to be recognized as business of the year for the years of contribution to the Auburn community.? The honor recognizes past contributions as well as the present. ?We have a history of prior employees of PG&E who have been very involved in the community,? Cosgrove said. ?Bob Metzker was past president of the chamber and another is Ron Ravo, a longtime PG&E employee and also a past president of the chamber. It?s everything in total.? Among the local PG&E employees who play an active role in the community is Chuck Heisleman, senior customer relations manager who works in the Auburn office. ?This is my 33rd year (with PG&E), most of it in Auburn,? Heisleman said. ?I grew up in Auburn.? Choosing what to get involved in is a matter of ?looking at organizations that are nonprofit and have a good proven track record in the community,? he said. ?We look to do the most good that we can and, especially when you have as many good organizations as there are locally, the choice can be difficult because there are so many good options,? he said. For Heisleman, the selection of PG&E for the award means recognition of ?the work of so many people and the involvement of so many people.? ?It is really an honor and a lot of businesses in the community do a lot and are very giving and very involved, so we are in very good company. We have a pretty long history ? of being very involved in the community and we look to continue that.? Heisleman and McKannay will represent PG&E to accept the award at the State of the Community Dinner on May 11. Reach Gloria Young at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com. ------------ State of the Community Dinner When: Friday, May 11 ? cocktail hour at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Where: The Ridge Golf Course and Event Center, Auburn Tickets: $50 per person For tickets and sponsorship information: (530) 885-5616