Greater Sacramento Newsletter
Sept. 2020

Please note that our newsletter is transitioning back to a monthly format. We’ll continue to share COVID-19 resources and programs – they can be found at the end of the newsletter. 
Recent news
Sacramento to put $10 million toward workforce training for construction, digital skills 

The City of Sacramento recently funded several workforce training programs, including GSEC and the Greater Sacramento Urban League's digital upskilling program with General Assembly.

California Mobility Center picks Depot Park for HQ

The Mobility Center will occupy 25,000 square feet of the center at the park on Fruitridge Road in the Power Inn Road area, in a sublease from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Both entities will occupy one building with SMUD as the primary leaseholder, with the center's operations beginning by Oct. 1.

Greater Sacramento becoming an increasingly desirable region for relocation during the pandemic

Several recent features have highlighted growing interest in the regional market, including:
Regional universities share exciting updates

UC Davis set a new record for external research funding in Fiscal Year 2019/20, receiving $941.2 million in awards, a $94.5 million increase from the previous record set in 2018. The university also received a $20 million grant to launch and lead a research institute integrating artificial intelligence in food systems.

Both Sacramento State and UC Davis were listed among the nation's top universities in's 2020 “Best Colleges in America” issue. Sacramento State was also ranked among the top 50 “Best Public Colleges” and among the top 10 “Most Transformative Colleges” in the country.

California Northstate University is launching a new master’s degree program in health administration.
Appetite for Disruption podcast feature

Listen to the podcast feature to hear Barry, Suncrest Bank President & CEO Ciaran McMullan and California Department of Business Oversight Commissioner Manny Alvarez discuss Greater Sacramento’s fintech industry. 

America's Jobs Team podcast feature

Consultant Connect podcast interviewed Barry about his career and leadership journey. 

GSEC programs
GSEC's 5th Annual Celebration
Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. | Virtual

Join us for GSEC’s 5th Annual Celebration, presented by Suncrest Bank. While we’re shifting to a digital format this year, you can expect the same wow-factor event.

Social Connectivity and the Future of Workplace
Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 | Zoom

New findings from HGA shed light on people’s experiences, motivations and behaviors amid the pandemic and how they will influence the future workplace. Join us Sept. 15 for a presentation on their research and on Sept. 22 for a panel discussion.

Featured commercial real estate property
Crooked Creek Industrial Park in Elk Grove

Twelve acres of flexible zoned land in Elk Grove’s premier industrial/R&D submarket available for sale or build to suit

COVID-19 updates
Updated: GSEC Economic Forecast

This month's economic forecast includes updates on consumer spending, employers returning to the workplace, unemployment and more.

Related programs

Roseville Small Business Assistance Loan Program
Date: Sept. 14, 2020
Host: City of Roseville

Women-Owned Small Business Certification
Date: Sept. 17, 2020
Host: Placer County / PTAC

Finding a Co-Founder: Perspectives from the Technical Side
Date: Sept. 17, 2020
Host: Sacramento State Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Virtual Entrepreneurship Toolkit Series
Date: Ongoing (begins Oct. 7)
Host: Sacramento State Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
COVID-19 resources
Rocklin's Restaurant Assistance Program

The Rocklin City Council approved the use of up to $200,000 to support local restaurants and cover costs including, but not limited to, customer delivery services, special advertising, promotions and the purchase of equipment or supplies (disposable menus, masks, gloves, outdoor seating, etc). Applications are open Sept. 4-18.

Roseville's Small Business Assistance Loans

The City of Roseville will provide up to $20,000 to small businesses to support job retention for low and moderate-income individuals. Applications open Sept. 14.

California Rebuilding Fund

This new public-private partnership will leverage government-backed capital to support California’s small businesses – especially the smallest under-served firms and entrepreneurs from communities that have been historically disenfranchised.