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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 14, 2017

Mayor Steinberg Announces First Convening of Revamped Mayor’s Tech Council

Sacramento, CA - Today Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg held the first convening of the recently overhauled Mayor’s Tech Council at City Hall. The council will advise the Mayor’s Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on how best to support innovation in Sacramento.

“We have pulled together the movers and shakers from Sacramento’s rapidly expanding tech and innovation sectors in order to harness the incredible energy coursing through our city,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “This council will provide valuable feedback on how we can best serve, support and expand innovation in our community.”

The Mayor’s Tech Council will serve as advisors to the Mayor via the Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and will be asked to provide strategic guidance in shaping current and future programs and initiatives.

The original six-member council was created to advise the Mayor’s office on the Rapid Acceleration Innovation & Leadership in Sacramento (RAILS) Program in 2016. The revamped council has grown to 19 members and will cover a more expansive portfolio.

The following individuals have accepted the appointment to the Mayor’s Tech Council:

1. Meg Arnold Valley Vision
2. Erika Bjork Sacramento Republic FC
3. Monique Brown I/O Labs/Sacramento iHub
4. Andrea Deveau TechNet
5. President Pamela Eibeck University of the Pacific
6. Justin Fanslau Strategies 360
7. Jeffrey Louie Capsity
8. Damian Lynch HOFDay
9. Chancellor Gary May University of California, Davis
10. Ryan Montoya Sacramento Kings
11. Viabhav Nadgauda Moneta Ventures
12. President Robert Nelson California State University, Sacramento
13. Tina Reynolds Uptown Studios
14. Jay Sales VSP Global
15. Tyler Smith SkySlope
16. Brook Taylor Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America
17. Amy Tong State of California/CIO
18. Eric Ullrich Hacker Lab
19. Ali Youssefi CFY Development

The Mayor’s Tech Council members encompass each key branch of the Sacramento Urban Technology Lab (SUTL) – government, academia, and industry. SUTL was launched on November 15th during Global Entrepreneurship Week at Sacramento State. Convening the Mayor’s Tech Council is the next step toward aligning efforts in making Sacramento a living lab where entrepreneurs, advanced technology businesses, and academic institutions can test, develop, and scale their ideas, products, and services.

In addition to the RAILS grant program, the council will oversee and advise on an expanded portfolio that includes:

• Judging applicants and recommending recipients of the City’s RAILS grant program

  • Identifying and evaluating high-value opportunities advancing the SUTL initiative

  • Reviewing programs, services, products, and providing recommendations as needed to help determine fit within Sacramento’s ecosystem

  • Providing recommendations regarding information dissemination, funding pathways, and technology decisions relevant to city innovation initiatives

  • Serving as a liaison on behalf of the Mayor, the City of Sacramento, and the innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship community

Members will attend quarterly meetings beginning February of 2018.

For additional information, visit https://innovatesac.org/.

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