Business News: Week of Sept. 10, 2012

Hospitality

Flavor! Napa Valley 2012 invites festival-goers to take advantage of a variety of ticket options and accommodations from some of the region's top hotels, to create their own ultimate "stay and play" experience during the Nov. 14--18 food, wine and fun extravaganza. With more than 30 events scheduled over the course of five days, a number of Flavor! Napa Valley-themed packages give attendees the opportunity to participate in any number of Flavor! activities, with the option of incorporating a stay at one of the valley's well-appointed havens of privacy, comfort and relaxation. Prices for special Flavor! Napa Valley event ticket packages range from $350-$955 per person. Full descriptions of all events and the packages are available at www.flavornapavalley.com.Technology

World Economic Forum announced that Enphase Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENPH) has been recognized as a 2013 Technology Pioneer. Enphase is one of 23 pioneering technology companies recognized this year by the forum for innovation and leadership in the areas of information technology, telecommunications and new media, life sciences and health, and energy and environment. A full list of the 2013 Technology Pioneers and the annual report can be found at weforum.org/techpioneers.

TerraVerde Renewable Partners, a Larkspur-based independent energy adviser that helps schools, public agencies and private companies reduce energy costs, announced that three of its large Central Valley school district clients, Fowler Unified School District, Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District and Golden Valley Unified School District have completed solar projects across 16 of their campuses. The new solar energy sites are projected to save the school districts more than $32 million in electricity costs over the next 25 years.Education

The Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, the oldest and largest in-person coach training school in the world, has published a white paper, “Co-Active Coaching and the Brain: Neuroscience Research Supports the Efficacy of the Co-Active Model” by Ann Betz, faculty member and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. This paper outlines the growing body of neuroscience research that suggests how the tools of Co-Active Coaching “profoundly help clients develop positive new neural networks, respond more calmly to stress, make choices more easily, and access much more of their creativity”, which “inevitably leads to more effective, successful and fulfilling lives.”Wine

Cline Cellars, a family-owned and operated winery located in the Carneros growing district of Sonoma County, has announced that for the second year, Living Beyond Breast Cancer has been named as the beneficiary of a $25,000 donation. The money will fund low- or no-cost education and support services for women and their caregivers. The partnership between Cline Cellars and the organization began in 2011.Transportation

Caltrans, the offices of Marin County supervisors Kate Sears and Steve Kinsey, as well as Marin Transit and the Transportation Authority of Marin staff have collaborated to install a camera to provide live images of traffic conditions on Highway 101 in southern Marin. The feed is accessible through a normal Web browser or smart phone. The feed is available at video.dot.ca.gov/asx/d4-101-at-spencer.asx.Residential Real Estate

The Marin County Board of Supervisors authorized a new $925,000 contract with Homeward Bound of Marin in order to provide shelter for persons experiencing homelessness throughout Marin County. The programs provided by this organization provide a key component of the county’s safety net services.


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