CONVERSATIONS IN ACTION
A policy conversation with a rock-concert appeal. Region Rising, a collaborative conference that aims to spark conversation and inspire action within the Sacramento community is set for Friday, Nov. 20, at the Sacramento Convention Center Complex.
Event organizers, Valley Vision and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), anticipate more than 1,000 attendees and invite a colorful array of artists, entrepreneurs, politicians, longtime, and even brand-new residents, to dream big about what Sacramento’s future will be, and what steps to take in order to transform those aspirations into reality.
Topics on the table include areas of art, food, agriculture, transportation, music, and more with open panels and chats designed to take the conversation about Northern California’s greater Capital region out of the boardroom and into an idea-rich environment for the people.
At a time where Sacramento’s variety of charms are no longer a secret to high-traffic lifestyle sites like Bustle, top real estate blogs like Redfin, or global magazines like Forbes, the city’s interest is at an all-time tipping point according to Valley Vision Communications Leader, Christine Ault.
With the area’s farm-to-fork movement, Kings’ arena development, and UC Davis’ world-renowned health and agriculture advances, Ault says the timing for a new, cutting-edge event like Region Rising is now.
“When we think of things like Lollapalooza, or South by Southwest, or TED Talks, these are all wonderful and innovative opportunities for those particular communities,” she says. “Region Rising happens to come at a point in time where the Sacramento area has made some incredible strides. So, what better time to celebrate how we got here, and to celebrate our drive and our vision and to talk about, collectively, what do we want to be?”
Conference attendees will hear from a diverse selection of speakers that include urban studies theorist and professor at the University of Toronto, Richard Florida, Los Angeles-based community activist and artist, James Rojas, a surprise closing keynote speaker, interactive polling, and further collaborative dialogue scheduled throughout the day.
Region Rising wouldn’t be an all-encompassing conference if it didn’t showcase the bounty of Sacramento agriculture, so lunch on the Capitol lawn prepared by local-area chefs will serve up tasty lunchboxes for ticketholders.
Want more information on how you can join in on the conversation? Visit Region Rising to purchase tickets and become a part of the largest collision space led by Sacramento’s movers and shakers.