Thursday, March 13, 2008

Wonderfully Diverse Red Bluff/Tehama County

“There are towns I know that would love to have just one event like the Red Bluff Round-Up (professional rodeo); Red Bluff Bull Sale; Boat Drags; or West Coast Monster Trucks, but you are fortunate to have all of them in addition to your wonderful array of Victorian Homes,” I told the 200 people at the Tehama County Seeds of Opportunity Outlook Conference in Red Bluff, CA (population 13,147). Each of those events brings from 20,000 to over 50,000 spectators into the community. In addition they host a fiddle championship, extreme summercross, car shows, civil war days, canoe drag races, horse shows and other events.

Red Bluff has a rich history dating back to the days when the steamboats made the 300+ mile runs from San Francisco up the Sacramento River to Red Bluff. Red Bluff was as far up the river that the boats could go and the town developed into a major trading center for the region.

The rich agricultural soils of the Sacramento Valley produce over $160 million of tree crops and other products in the county. The most important of which are: walnuts, almonds, prunes, olives and grapes. These products are exported to 45 different countries around the world.

A new harvest on the horizon for the county is a major Pulte Homes/Del Webb Community that is planned for the north part of the county. Economist Dr. David Gallo, one of the speakers at the conference showed that this project will be the major driver of economic activity in the next decade, possibly accounting for 85% of the growth in the economy during the next ten years.

It wasn’t hard to see why Del Webb decided to pick Tehama County for one of their next big planned communities.

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