Penn Valley displays its collective muscle |

Penn Valley displays its collective muscle

Penn Valley is a place full of talent, as we are often reminded. Unfortunately, the talented people who make things happen there – and throughout Nevada County, for that matter – are often working on their individual efforts or small-group projects, so it’s easy for some of us in the Nevada City-Grass Valley corridor to overlook them from time to time.

Recently, however, three groups decided to pool their resources to see what they could accomplish. The groups, the Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, the Penn Valley Rotary Club and the Gateway Performing Arts Foundation sponsored the community’s second annual Festival of the Year last weekend at Western Gateway Park.

The event featured music, classic cars and a silent auction. It served as a fund-raiser for the groups, which in their own way are all working to make Penn Valley an even better place to live and work.

Chamber President Amber Thompson recently noted that the small community was “going off in different directions, trying to raise money all the time.” The groups’ move to pool their resource made a lot of sense.

As active as many of the Penn Valley folks are, they have finite resources, and by having the different groups unite, they will accomplish much more. For instance, they can finish the Gateway Performing Arts Pavilion in Western Gateway Park. They can be host to an even bigger Festival of the Year next year. Who knows what more they can accomplish by working together?

Penn Valley is setting a good example for the whole county.

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