ROSEVILLE – At a time when many businesses are proceeding cautiously, the folks at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville are confidently moving forward as the calendar inches closer to the grand opening of its exciting new expansion.

The revitalization of Roseville’s famed mall will officially be unveiled Nov. 13. But for people who can’t wait that long, an opportunity to view the latest progress and find out about the newest retailer additions will take place at this year’s Roseville 2008.

Once again serving as an informational barometer that encompasses the entire South Placer region, the Roseville Chamber of Commerce will play host to its annual economic summit on Thursday, May 15 at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville.

“Teaming Up for Success” is an appropriate theme for Roseville 2008, which will bring together elected officials and higher education leaders from the area to discuss their unified efforts to help maintain the region’s status as an enviable place to both live and work.

One of the highlights of this year’s event is the “Hard Hat” tour of the Westfield Galleria at Roseville’s expansion, which will add approximately 400,000 square feet to the existing mall. People who choose to go on the afternoon walking tour will receive a first glance at the new interior and learn all about the new shops and restaurants coming to Roseville. People taking the tour must wear “close toe” shoes.

“The Westfield Galleria at Roseville is honored to be hosting this annual economic event during Phase I of our expansion project,” said Stephanie Ringey, the Galleria’s Marketing Director. “This is a wonderful project, so it will be fun allowing people to get a sneak peek and receive a behind-the-scenes view of our progress. Besides the tour, we may have a few surprise announcements at Roseville 2008 that no one knows about yet. We think our expansion is going to be a tremendous benefit to the entire community.”

In keeping with this year’s team theme, Wayne Bryan will provide an inspirational, entertaining talk as the luncheon’s keynote speaker. A highly regarded author and motivational speaker, the energetic Bryan coached the Sacramento Capitals to a World TeamTennis championship last summer, winning the finals before adoring fans in cozy Allstate stadium on the Westfield Galleria at Roseville grounds, located at 1151 Galleria Blvd.

Paul Robins will lend his considerable wit, humor and knowledge of the region to “Roseville 2008,” serving as master of ceremonies at the luncheon, which will be catered by acclaimed Il Fornaio restaurant. Robins has been among the Sacramento area’s most recognizable radio personalities over the past decade.

“Our goal each year is to create a fun, informative event for not only the business community in South Placer County, but also Sacramento, since we are becoming increasingly more connected,” Roseville Chamber CEO Wendy Gerig said. “We urge everyone to not only attend the luncheon, but to take advantage of everything this event has to offer as a way to really stay informed.”

Roseville 2008 gets rolling with registration at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with a networking reception from 3:30-6 p.m. The luncheon starts at noon and concludes promptly at 1:30 p.m.

Other highlights of Roseville 2008 include:

* State of the City (10-10:30 a.m.): Roseville City Manager Craig Robinson will provide  City project updates and reveal what’s on tap for the remainder of 2008.
* Higher Education Seminar (10:45-11:45 a.m.): Moderated by Sacramento Business Journal Editor Ron Trujillo, many of the area’s top officials will discuss the current and future educational opportunities in South Placer County.
* Elected Officials Seminar (1:30-2:15 p.m.): Joanna Wessman, Sacramento Business Journal Publisher, will moderate the panel of mayors from Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln and two county supervisors during a roundtable discussion concerning the region’s economic status.

Tickets for Roseville 2008 are $75 prior to May 1 and increase to $85 thereafter. Registration is available online at

For more information, visit the Roseville Chamber office at 650 Douglas Blvd., or call (916) 783-8136.


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