Given that the Sacramento region consists largely of a variety of suburban communities, the decision by the Metro Chamber and Sacramento County to focus on the suburban—as everyone else focuses on the urban—communities of Sacramento, was a wise and inspirational strategy.
To have access to one of the best thinkers around suburban/urban planning in the country was a real coup, and congratulations are deserved all the way around.
There is an article about it from the Chamber president, in the Sacramento Bee today.
The sixth annual State of Sacramento County, hosted by the Sacramento Metro Chamber, sponsored by Sacramento County and focused on the suburbs, was a huge success by any standard except that of The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board.
The forum was sold out; attended by nearly 300 business, government and civic leaders and elected officials from across the six-county region; highlighted research-based findings about an issue of interest within the county from a globally recognized expert; and inserted some humor along the way.
Our tradition at the State of the County forum is to highlight issues of regional importance. In past years, we’ve covered flood protection, transportation and infrastructure investments such as our international airport. This year, we took the opportunity to bookend our other programs on regional topics such as agriculture and the downtown revitalization through the sports and entertainment arena deal.
We decided to present the important role that suburbs play in the overall economy of our region. With the exciting news in recent months about keeping the Kings in Sacramento, the city winning the bids for the U.S. Track and Field Championships, and the return of the Amgen Tour, much of the focus has been on the impact of these achievements to downtown Sacramento and its immediate surroundings.
Hence, the timing was right to provide a platform for a presentation of our suburban reality: three times as many people live in the suburbs than in the core city; the change in population between the core and suburbs over the past 10 years has more than quadrupled, with the shift favoring suburban residency; and more than 40 percent of millennials call suburbs the “ideal” place to live, nearly 10 percent greater than the closest age category.
These facts were shared by Joel Kotkin, a recognized expert in the field of suburban trends and the global history of the city, with additional information about California’s decline in manufacturing and STEM occupation jobs, the decline in state jobs and the migration into Sacramento from other national cities.