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A place centered in history with a community blazing the trail, Sacramento is a place with proven potential and an equally exciting future. Sacramento was founded in 1849 by John Sutter during the Gold Rush and became California’s state capital in 1854. Sacramento is the 7th largest city in California and the largest city in the 6-county metropolitan region with a population of nearly 500,000, and 2 million people live within the region.
Sacramento’s geographic location, qualified workforce, lower cost of living, access to government and higher education, quality of life, amenities and cultural offerings are all key ingredients that make Sacramento the place to be.
Industry: Setting the course for a dynamic future, Sacramento is fueling its economic development efforts in innovative industry sectors including clean technology, agriculture, and life sciences and health services. Businesses headquartered in the area include Sutter Health, Blue Diamond Growers, Teichert, and The McClatchy Company, and significant operations for Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente are also located in the area.
Education: Additionally, regional higher education institutions offer opportunities for internships, technology transfer, and contribute substantially to the quality of the region’s labor pool. Universities and colleges in and around the city include California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Davis (along with the world-renowned UC Davis Medical Center in the City); Drexel University; University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law; as well as Sacramento City College and American River College.
Access: Sacramento is a transportation hub, served by an air cargo airport, an international airport, a deep-water shipping port, two major Interstate freeways, freight and passenger rail lines, and an extensive regional commuter bus and light-rail system.
Culture and History: Sacramento itself is a cultural and recreational destination, with an orchestra, professional opera and ballet companies, numerous performing arts venues, a lively museum community including the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River, professional sports, and endless opportunities for sporting and recreation activities.
Development: Construction is moving steadily on a $1 billion entertainment and sports district which is anchored by the Sacramento Kings new arena and surrounded by new hotels, restaurants, retail, luxury housing, and office space. With that project alone there is clearly a buzz and unprecedented investment interest and activity in the downtown.
To complement that, the City is in the midst of an infrastructure investment exceeding $300 million in the redevelopment of its adjacent Downtown Railyards. The 240-acre Railyards project is one of the largest infill redevelopment projects in the country and will double the size of Sacramento’s Central Business District. Possibilities for the site include museums, additional transit, a university campus, healthcare facilities, office space and housing. In addition to currently being home to the 7th busiest Amtrak station in the country, the site will serve as the northern terminus of California’s new High Speed Rail system.