Capitol Region Hosts Tenth Americas Competitiveness Exchange
SACRAMENTO (October 25, 2018) – Today, 50 high-level representatives from 24 countries arrive in Sacramento to explore the region’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The group is participating in the Tenth Americas Competitiveness Exchange (ACE 10) on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and is visiting multiple sites across the Capital region on October 25th and 26th.
Valley Vision is the anchor host for ACE 10 along with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources, with support from many other Northern California partners including the Central Valley AgPlus Food and Beverage Manufacturing Consortium. Federal organizers include the U.S.
Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and Economic Development Administration (EDA), in coordination with the U.S. Department of State and the Organization of American States (OAS).
ACE brings together decision-makers from the Western Hemisphere and beyond to explore global and regional partnerships, and economic development opportunities to establish new global commercial relationships. The program aims to bring together businesses, innovation
leaders, and key officials to network and learn about different approaches to economic development.
ACE 10 is showcasing Northern California’s unique entrepreneurial and innovation assets. This year’s program is focused on the intersection of these assets across four global areas of opportunity: improving health, feeding the world, maximizing economic resources, and
Over the past week, the delegation has toured leading innovation clusters in San Francisco, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Fresno built around industries such as information technology; food and agriculture; energy and clean technologies; life and environmental
sciences, including marine technologies and manufacturing.
“ACE has been instrumental in showcasing the incredible innovation capacity of U.S. regions and has proven critical in establishing global commercial relationships that can support U.S. business objectives,” said Dennis Alvord, EDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs.
“Northern California is a world-renowned center of innovation and entrepreneurship activity and we are pleased to showcase the incredible work that the Department of Commerce and regional leaders are doing to advance the innovation economy.”
The delegation arrived in Sacramento on Thursday, October 25 and will visit the Golden 1 Center, the Urban Hive, and experience a taste of the Farm-to-Fork Capital at local restaurants. Dinner hosts include the City of Davis, the City of Elk Grove, the City of Sacramento,
the Los Rios Community College District, Center for International Trade and Development, California State University, Sacramento, and Raley’s.
On Thursday, October 26, the group will be hosted by the State of California at the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park for a welcome breakfast and policy dialogue with State and local leaders, followed by a visit to the University of California, Davis. The program will
conclude with a closing dinner and hand-off to the host of ACE 11 at the California Museum in Sacramento on Friday evening.
“We are greatly honored to be one of the host sites for ACE 10 and to have the opportunity to showcase the diverse assets for innovation in all forms across the Capital Region,” said Trish Kelly, Managing Partner at Valley Vision. “There have been many great interactions and
connections already made that will foster ongoing partnerships in research, investment, trade, and economic development.”
“Northern California already links to a global community. By bringing the ACE 10 delegation to