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"It paves a positive course
for our city. It opens up
oppor tunity for increased
vitality and life in our
—Pat Fong Kushida '85 (Business Administration)
President and CEO, Sacramento Asian Pacific
Chamber of Commerce
Sac State alumni reflect
on their hometown's
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
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.