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Best Homebuilder/ Best Business Supporting Local Charities: Granville Homes

Runners up homebuilder: DeYoung Properties, WathEn Castanos

Runners up supporting charities: Table Mountain CASINO, DeYoung Properties

Fresno-based Granville Homes was chosen by readers as both the “Best Homebuilder” and “Best Business Supporting Local Charities” for its work within the Central Valley.

Gail Zurek

President/CEO

Visalia Chamber of Commerce

What we do: We help create a strong local economy, promote the community, provide networking opportunities and represent the interests of business with government.

Education:
California Lutheran University

Age:
37

Family:
My Husband Michael, Associate Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church and our amazing sons Sam (10) and Joe (5) and our English Bulldog Tank

How did you come to position with the Visalia Chamber of Commerce?
I had the opportunity to work with Glenn Morris, the former CEO, on a number of projects and initiatives prior to his departure. He encouraged me to apply. I am certainly glad I did.   

Local Covered California HMO, PPO plans ranked

Nearly 3.4 million previously uninsured Californians signed up for health care coverage during last year's open enrollment period. While this year's open enrollment is several months shorter — enrollment opened on Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 15, 2015 — Covered California has set its sights on reaching the remaining 1.7 million uninsured Californians.

Relocation clears Hanford Costco

The City of Hanford has agreed to fund the relocation of the Helena Chemical Co. from its current spot on East Lacey Boulevard to a city-owned industrial park across town. The move is designed to help make the area near Highways 198 and 43 more retail friendly, appeasing recent concerns raised by developer John Kashian.

Aging Fresno Pizza Hut gets new digs

The Pizza Hut restaurant popular among Fresno City College students for years will soon relocate a few blocks north.

But franchise owner Brian Thompson doesn’t anticipate losing any customers with the new store, opening Dec. 22 in the former Quizno’s location at Blackstone and Ashlan avenues.

In fact, he said, the move was a long time coming in the years after the current restaurant first opened in 1985 on Blackstone Avenue near Fresno City College. 

Internet television producers banking on cord cutters

Across the country, television viewers are increasingly cutting the cord with cable and satellite companies in favor of Internet television.

In fact, the daily average time Americans spent watching live TV fell 12 minutes in the third quarter to four hours and 32 minutes, according to a Nielsen report released this week.

In the same period, the time spent watching streaming devices soared 60 percent to nearly 11 hours each month.

John W. Shore

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 3.23.34 PMExecutive Director

Community Housing Council of Fresno

What we do: HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency helping families achieve homeownership through education.

Education: B.A. degree, music education, Calvin College

Age: 65

Family: Married to Jacquelyn Shore; raised 3 boys and enjoy 2 granddaughters!

Westlands opens water wallet for Huron

Westlands Water District is pitching in to make sure the City of Huron is able to meet the town’s water needs.

The Westlands board recently voted to make emergency water available to the Western Fresno County city of under 7,000 people.

Assessor floats changes to Fresno County’s Williamson Act

Fresno County Assessor Paul Dictos spends a lot of time thinking about the Williamson Act, and he believes he has found a way to make it work better for family farmers.

Dictos has completed a draft proposal that aims to redistribute tens of million of dollars among Fresno County landowners who participate in the program, which gives farmers a break on their property taxes as long as the property is involved in producing food or fiber.

Kelly Vucovich

Kelly VucovichPrinciple

SubDirect, LLC

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