In Sacramento, Capitol City of the world’s fifth largest economy , participants will visit the historic Capitol building and hear from the Governor’s Office about international trade and investment priorities. Participants also will have the opportunity to see the Golden 1 Center, home to the National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball team, the Sacramento Kings. The Golden 1 Center is also an example of an urban revitalization project in the works. The Center is the country’s most sustainable sports arena and was the first indoor venue to receive LEED Platinum certification. Golden 1 Center is the world’s most connected indoor sports and entertainment venue through the most powerful WiFI services at any Arena in the country. The WiFi at Golden 1 Center, as well as the public plaza and Downtown Commons (DOCO), is over 17,000 times faster than the average home Internet connection, with the ability to handle more than 225,000 Instagram photo posts per second.


The Golden 1 Center procures 73% of its food from local sources, reflecting the region’s Farm to Fork values and economy. The food and agriculture economy has an economic impact of more than $7 billion in the Capital Region, according to the 2016 Food and Agriculture Workforce Needs Assessment Report by the Sacramento Region Council of Governments, Valley Vision, and the Center of Excellence at Los Rios Community College District.


Los Rios Community College District is the second largest community college district in the State of California and houses the Center for International Trade and Development. The region is also home to Sacramento State University. As California’s capital campus, Sacramento State shapes both the political and economic landscape of the area.


Sacramento is developing a thriving ecosystem for start-ups and growing businesses across all industries, supported by new public-private investments in facilities, services, equipment and an online resource hub connecting communities across the region (urban and rural). Participants will have the opportunity to interact with the ecosystem at the Urban Hive; a facility ranked the #4 coolest co-working space in the U.S. in December 2017 by Pace Magazine. The Urban Hive is providing business start-ups a place to thrive: a place to work, connect, collaborate, learn, create, and engage with fellow creatives, entrepreneurs, and changemakers. The Urban Hive is home to 300 entrepreneurs, designers, coders, creatives, and change-makers who make our world better with the companies they build, the people they help, and the products they create. Participants will have an opportunity to experience this, connect and interact with leaders across the innovation ecosystem.


The University of California, Davis boasts rankings as the number one university in the world for veterinary science (QS World Rankings, 2017), the number one university globally for plant sciences, and the number one university in the U.S. for agriculture, (U.S. News & World Report’s “2018 Best Global Universities”). UC Davis is also the top ranking university in the nation for launching women into professions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM professions.


ACE 10 participants will have the opportunity to visit the Robert Mondavi Institute for Food and Wine Science and tour the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building. The building is designed to consume zero-net energy and incorporates climate-responsive passive design strategies and renewable energy to achieve the zero-net energy objective, technology applicable to other types of structures. The visit to UC Davis will feature an interactive discussion with ACE participants highlighting UC innovations, partnerships and opportunities for collaboration, and the nexus between agriculture, food, health and life sciences, environmental sciences and technology.