A REGIONAL CELEBRATION TO CONNECT AND REFLECT
Hosted by the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, the fourth Greater Sacramento Annual Dinner is a celebration of the region and an excellent opportunity for leaders from the public and private sectors to connect and reflect. Scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento downtown, this public event welcomes anyone and everyone interested in attending, networking and celebrating regional economic successes.
Tickets for the Greater Sacramento Annual Dinner are available through Nov. 22. To purchase tickets, please visit visit here. Or to learn more about gold and silver sponsorships for the dinner, which include group table seating and other benefits, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Annual Dinner is a chance to celebrate all we’ve accomplished as a region in the past year,” says Jasmine Ward, GSEC’s marketing manager. “This is a great chance to connect with top leaders and executives from around the GSEC region, which includes Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Placer and El Dorado counties. Guests will also learn about the progress and change that’s underway and what to expect next — a concise update on the region.”
A highlight of the evening will be the annual award presentations, honoring standout communities, businesses, organizations and individuals. Awards include the following.
Paving the Way: presented to a community that has accomplished a significant project or economic development effort to better their own community, and, as a result, the whole region in the past year. The City of Folsom was the 2018 recipient.
Outstanding Regional Contribution: honoring a project within the region that has a transformative, positive impact in its community or the overall region. Health Net, a Centene company, was the 2018 recipient.
Distinguished Service: recognizing a GSEC board member whose contribution to the greater Sacramento region has extended far beyond the call of duty — a person who stood out and stepped up to create change. Mike Teel, owner and chairman of Raley’s, was the 2018 recipient.
Partner of the Year: recognizing an organization that GSEC has worked with and whose contribution has extended beyond the call of duty. Brian Stafford, managing director of the Alliance of Chief Executives, was the 2018 recipient of a previous version of this award, Champion of the Year.
“The Annual Dinner has grown every year,” Ward says. “Last year was our biggest turnout yet, with more than 700 guests, and we expect to meet or exceed that turnout this year. Guests represent the public and private sectors and include CEOs, local and state government representatives, market leaders, and stakeholders.”
Founded in 2014 as a catalyst for innovative growth strategies, GSEC already can claim a list of achievements, including bringing 14 new companies to the region, creating 3,332 jobs, and generating $241 million in payroll, all in its 2018-19 fiscal year alone. The organization has also been instrumental in building an advanced economy and supporting industry growth through assisting with key regional projects, including Aggie Square, California Mobility Center and bringing Major League Soccer to Sacramento.
“Our goal is supporting public-private partnerships to drive economic growth,” says Sarah Frayne, GSEC’s vice president of marketing and communications. “We were founded in the wake of the 2008 recession when the community was hit hard because of its lack of economic diversity. Now, we’re building an inclusive economy that can withstand recession, better serve the community, and position the region for the future.”