Last week, nearly 700 business and community leaders came together at the annual State of Downtown Breakfast to discuss and exchange ideas about revitalization projects and initiatives in the downtown core. “Momentum” was a word that came up over and over as audience members were addressed by speakers that included, among others, Mayor Kevin Johnson and Downtown Sacramento Partnership Executive Director Michael Ault.
We’ve all seen and felt it the last few years–that momentum. It’s been growing stronger as residents, investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders examine the bones of our city and ask how can we make this better?
“We’re entering a new era,” said Mayor Johnson, continuing by saying that what we’re seeing now is the rise of Sacramento 3.0, which will take our city from gold town to capital city to a hub of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. “This community has so much momentum right now. And you can’t understate that.”
Keynote Speaker Mark Rowland, founder of ROCeteer which provides consulting to the Downtown Project’s initiatives, spoke of the importance of a city being a place of community, creativity, and connectedness.
The Downtown Sacramento Partnership, producer of the breakfast, presented the below video at the event. It’s such a great video because it’s such a great reminder of what makes Sacramento great–and not just from our perspective, but from the perspective of companies and publications around the nation talking about who we are among other cities in the nation.
Speaking of the video, Mayor Johnson noted Sacramento’s rank by Forbes as being the 14th coolest city in America. “I just want to say about six years ago we were about the 38th,” he said, “so something is going on.”
Something is indeed going on–it’s change and it’s good and it means things are only getting better. So go ahead, watch this video and grab hold of the optimism percolating in our city. It’s an exciting time to be here.
Want to know more about emerging projects Downtown? Check out the Downtown Sacramento Patnership’s list of redevelopment projects (via their newly designed website) at downtownsac.org.