Christina Kiefer is a communications consultant and freelance writer based in Sacramento who specializes in public relations, copywriting, content marketing and strategy. A seasoned storyteller and wordsmith, she believes that great content paired with the right communications strategy is powerful.
Founded in 2013, J. Smith & Co. offers small businesses and nonprofits strategic HR consulting services, as well as professional coaching for executive leaders and leadership teams.
Headquartered in Sacramento, Golden Pacific Bank is unique as the region’s only community-owned bank that manages under $1 billion — a fact that CEO Virginia Varela takes great pride in. “We understand what it takes to support the needs of our small local businesses, because we too are a small local business,” she says. “Small businesses make up the backbone of our region, and we take our mission to support, foster and uplift this community with great pride and integrity.”
According to El Dorado County folklore, Sailor Jack, a young immigrant from Finland, was stumbling about the shrubbery along the South Fork Weber Creek outside of Newtown in 1853. Some veteran miners in town had convinced the inexperienced, hopeful prospector there was a huge fortune in the area.
While Placer County is known for its highly regarded K-12 schools, it is also home to Sierra College and William Jessup University in Rocklin and Brandman University in Roseville, and plans are in place to build a satellite Sacramento State campus in unincorporated southern Placer County to serve its growing population.
Placer County has consistently ranked as one of the highest performing counties in California for K-12 public education, contributing to its desirability for families to live in the area. Topping both state and national rankings for student assessment scores and col- lege and career readiness, Placer County has dubbed its institutions with a “gold in education” standard.
Since the end of the Great Recession in 2009 and the long recovery period that followed, many economic experts have been anticipating the next downturn. While economists say predicting it is complicated, with trade tensions with China causing concern, other factors, such as the unemployment rate and economic output, have been reported to be healthy.
On July 1, two highly regarded, long-standing behavioral and mental health services, juvenile nonprofit organizations, Stanford Youth Solutions and Sierra Forever Families merged to better address the complex needs of children, youth and families.
Community theater, often known for supporting and encouraging aspiring young artists, has a new home in the greater Sacramento area. Thanks to a new Youth Theatre For All program, launched by the Natomas Arts and Education Foundation, more than 50 children ages 10-18 were afforded the opportunity to participate in a production of “Bye Bye Birdie” for free for three performances in July.