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Registration Now Open for Sacramento Metro Chamber’s 24th Annual Study Mission to St. Louis, October 1-4

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The Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is proud to lead a delegation of regional change-makers and visionaries to St. Louis, Missouri, as part of the 24th Annual Study Mission October 1-4, 2024. Proudly presented by UC Davis and UC Davis Health, registration is now open and capacity is limited. Business executives, community champions, and elected officials are encouraged to sign up during the preferred pricing period that is open now through July 14 via this link.

In place for more than two decades, the ongoing goal of the Metro Chamber’s Study Mission program is to visit cities in an immersive and intentional way to understand, evaluate, and identify key learnings that can benefit our own region.

“I’m thrilled to help lead the 24th Annual Study Mission to St. Louis, a city known as a gateway for the westward expansion of the United States and one that continues to lead the way in pivotal areas relevant to our own economy such as innovation districts and AgTech,” said Robert W. Heidt Jr., President & CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber. “Through our carefully curated program that includes compelling presentations, conversations, cultural experiences, and guided tours, our goal is to bring back actionable ideas and innovative concepts that make strategic sense to incorporate in the Greater Sacramento region.”

St. Louis was selected for 2024 in part due to its parallels to Sacramento with similar population size, employment numbers and median income, and to take a deeper dive into its approach to regionalism, innovation districts, placemaking and industry-specific economic drivers.

The 2024 Study Mission Program Chair is Mabel Salon, the Chief Government and Community Relations Officer for UC Davis. She is supported by Honorary Chairs Congressman Ami Bera and Elk Grove Vice Mayor Rod Brewer.

“The St. Louis region is embracing a clear forward momentum, attracting the attention of startups and entrepreneurs,” said Salon. “The city’s leadership is marked by a collaborative and integrated approach to activate regional economic development focused on diversification and innovation across various sectors. Guided by several comprehensive strategies and custom action plans tailored to specific industry growth, the region is fast becoming a focal point for AgTech, advanced manufacturing, and biosciences. Research centers and innovation programs that bridge education, healthcare, and workforce initiatives, like those that Aggie Square with drive in our own region, are instrumental in driving local economic development and societal impact​​.”

Past Study Mission cities include visits to Toronto in 2023, San Diego in 2022, Indianapolis in 2019, Brooklyn in 2018 and Chicago in 2015. Some of the programs and projects that resulted from past Study Missions include the following: Blueprint for Sacramento Area Council of Government’s (SACOG), the Sacramento Region Brandathon, Emerge Summit for young professionals, Measures Q & R, Align Capital Region (now Project Attain), and more.

A Metro Chamber production, the 2024 Study Mission is presented by UC Davis & UC Davis Health with invaluable support provided by Golden 1 Credit Union, Kaiser Permanente, SMUD, and Sutter Health. For more information about the 2024 Study Mission and/or the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.metrochamber.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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