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January 31, 2012 > East Bay leaders win Vision Awards

East Bay leaders win Vision Awards

Submitted By Scott Peterson

California Treasurer Bill Lockyer and businessman T. Gary Rogers received East Bay Vision Awards presented by East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA). The award is presented annually to individuals or organizations that have greatly advanced the economic vitality and quality of life in the East Bay.

At the 17th Annual Legislative Reception and awards celebration on January 6th, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson thanked Lockyer and Rogers for their continued leadership and dedication to the area. "Your accomplishments and contributions have dramatically improved the economy and quality of life of the East Bay region," he said. Carson serves as Chair of East Bay EDA's Board of Directors.

Lockyer received his award from George Granger of AT&T, sponsor of the reception and celebration. Having served in both legislative chambers and constitutional offices, Lockyer's combined legislative and executive experience is unique in State Government. He is currently California Treasurer. Lockyer's public service career has spanned nearly four decades, during which he has held positions of California Attorney General, Senate President pro Tempore, and has served 25 years in the California Legislature.

In 1987, the Legislature passed Lockyer's bill creating the Bay Trail, envisioned to eventually be a 500-mile-long continuous recreational corridor with adjacent bay-shore parks and protected natural habitats that would encircle San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. Bay Trail marked its 20th year in 2009 and currently has more than 300 miles open to hikers, bicyclists, joggers and walkers.

East Bay EDA Board member Jim Falaschi presented the award to Rogers, who built Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream into a successful, nationally branded company. Rogers' business acumen helped turn the company into a multi-billion dollar enterprise, which was purchased by Nestle and remains headquartered in Oakland. During the 29 years of Rogers' leadership, Dreyer's grew to become the largest premium and super-premium ice cream and frozen snack company in the United States.

Rogers went on to form organizations such as biotech labs at QB-3 at UCSF Mission Bay, the University of California rowing program, the U.S. Rowing Team, and the Rogers Family Foundation, which supports education and youth development organizations in Oakland. Rogers has served as a member and a chairman of a number of corporate boards, including Levi Strauss & Co. and the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank.

More than 200 East Bay leaders from business, government, education, labor, and the community attended the reception. Legislative officials at the event included: California Senator Ellen Corbett, California Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan.

The East Bay Economic Development Alliance (East Bay EDA) aims to establish the region as a world-recognized location to grow businesses, attract capital and create quality jobs. For more information, visit www.eastbayeda.org or contact Scott Peterson at (510)272-6843 or scott@eastbayeda.org.

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