Sac State Magazine

Fall 2016

Sac State Magazine is a publication produced by the Office of Advancement Communications and Stewardship at Cal State University, Sacramento highlighting alumni, students, faculty and staff.

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18 S AC S TAT E M AGA Z I N E | Fa l l 2 016 "It paves a positive course for our city. It opens up oppor tunity for increased vitality and life in our downtown area." —Pat Fong Kushida '85 (Business Administration) President and CEO, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Sacramento Rising Sac State alumni reflect on their hometown's "renaissance" F rom a farm-to-fork movement that's caught the eye of the world to a downtown burgeoning with projects that include an arena for the Sacramento Kings and a complete overhaul of the railyard, Sacramento is a region on the rise. "It is a really exciting time for the city and the area," says Bill Mueller '90 (Communication Studies and Government), CEO of Valley Vision, a nonprofit regional research and consensus-building group. "We're seeing new buildings like the new arena and the railyard project. And we're seeing a growth in the creative class—designers, artists and entrepreneurs." Momentum, fueled by boom in dining, entertainment, shopping and living options, is shaping Sacramento's image as a destination city. Nearly 70 new businesses have launched or relocated downtown during the last three years and in the next 10 years the city expects to add more than 10,000 housing units. The combined economic impact of the downtown arena and adjacent development is expected to generate 4,000 jobs and attract more than 1.6 million new visitors. "Sacramento has always had a great quality of life and now we are Our alumni experts say downtown Sacramento is experiencing a revitalization that will boost the region as a whole.

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