Bringing Partnerships Across the Americas to Sacramento
The 2018 Cap-to-Cap delegation of 370+ people had the opportunity during the Chairman’s Reception Sunday evening to revel in the beautiful, historic building that houses the world’s oldest regional organization. Within the building’s first-floor atrium grows the “Peace Tree,” a hybrid of fig and rubber, planted by President William Howard Taft during the building’s dedication in 1910.
Dating back to 1890, the Organization of American States is the world’s oldest regional organization. Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent countries of the Americas and serves as the main political, juridical, and social government forum in the Western Hemisphere. Pillars of the mission of OAS include promoting democracy, defending human rights, ensuring a multidimensional approach to security, fostering integral development and prosperity, and supporting Inter-American coordination.
The timing of the Cap-to-Cap delegation’s introduction to OAS was ideal, given that Northern California has been selected by competitive application to host the 10th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ACE 10) on October 21 – 27th. The application to host ACE 10 was developed collaboratively by Valley Vision and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, in partnership with economic development organizations and representatives from the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; the County of Monterey, Fresno State Community and Economic Development, and other Central Valley AgPlus partners. ACE 10 will bring 50+ high-level decision makers from the public, private, and academic sectors from across the Americas and beyond to experience Northern California’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. ACE 10 delegates will be looking to establish ongoing trade, research, economic, and other types of partnerships. The goal of the ACE program is to increase commerce, trade, and investment between participating economies, spur sustainable economic development and capital investment, and to foster long-term collaboration.
In October, the ACE 10 program participants will visit San Francisco, the Bay Area and Santa Cruz, Monterey and Salinas, Fresno, Davis and Sacramento. The Sacramento Region will host the delegation during the culminating days of the tour. This program will provide an ideal opportunity for our local academic and research institutions looking to establish research and academic partnerships. It will also provide an unparalleled opportunity for local innovators and entrepreneurs looking to expand their market reach and trade partnerships beyond U.S. borders.
The principal ACE convening institutions are the U.S. Department of Commerce, through the International Trade Administration (ITA), and the Economic Development Administration (EDA); the U.S. Department of State; the Government of Argentina; and the Organization of American States (OAS) as the Technical Secretariat for the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC).
Don’t miss this opportunity to expand markets and grow international partnerships. Contact Tammy Cronin at Valley Vision to find out how you and your organization can get involved as a sponsor of ACE 10 in the Sacramento region!
Tammy Cronin is a Valley Vision Project Leader working in the workforce development and broadband portfolios.
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