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Keynote Speaker Announced for Annual ‘State of Downtown’ Event

Mark your calendar for January 12, 2016 to learn more about the exciting changes happening in Downtown Sacramento!

The annual State of Downtown Breakfast will return this January to outline the city’s revitalization efforts and to spur contagious interest in Sacramento’s urban future. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) announced Ron Blatman, Executive Producer/Producer of upcoming television series Saving the City: Remaking the American Metropolis, as the keynote speaker for the 18th annual event, presented by Golden 1 Credit Union. Blatman’s multi-part TV series will highlight successful and unsuccessful examples of urban redevelopment throughout the US and Canada focusing on downtowns and nearby neighborhoods.

Blatman was also Executive Producer/Producer for Saving the Bay: The Story of San Francisco Bay, a national prime time PBS TV series which aired over four weeks in 2011 and continues to be repeated around the country. He previously worked in real estate development and finance in his native San Francisco and on Wall Street in New York, as well as serving as Director of Business Development in the San Francisco mayor’s office in the early 1990s.  He was the mayor’s point man for keeping the San Francisco Giants baseball team in the city as well as catalyst for a major new federal office complex.

“There’s an excitement and renewed interest in downtown Sacramento that hasn’t been seen in decades,” said DSP Executive Director Michael Ault. “With more than $5 billion in investments expected in downtown over the next ten years, it’s imperative that we work together to create an economically viable downtown that speaks to all generations. There is much we can learn from Blatman’s work.”

According to DSP’s website, this year’s State of Downtown will focus on going beyond talking about change. “As downtown continues to rise,” DSP said, “we must move beyond proclaiming Sacramento’s potential. Together, we must harness downtown’s momentum and turn it into action – into kinetic energy.”

The 2016 State of Downtown will be held at the Memorial Auditorium, located at 1515 J Street in Sacramento, on January 12 at 8 a.m. Tickets range from $30 (program only) to $85 (floor seat, includes breakfast) and are available at downtownsac.org.


About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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