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Applied Spectra Awarded $1.3 Million Department of Energy Small Business Grants

Applied Spectra won Phase I and Phase II-C awards of $200,000 and $1.1 million of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants to further use of its innovative laser ablation technology to serve U.S. intelligence and expand U.S. industrial manufacturing.

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Greater Sacramento: A top market for diverse talent

Greater Sacramento has one of the most diverse talent pools in the country and is one of the most productive regions in California. It’s not only the #3 most diverse region in the country, but also the #3 region for diversity in tech and STEM.

$120 million in CalCompetes grant funding available

Governor Newsom’s enacted state budget for Fiscal Year 2021/2022 created the California Competes Grant Program (CCGP) and appropriated $120 million in funding. Learn more about evaluation criteria for the CalCompetes grant program and the 2022 application timeline.

Press Releases

GSEC wins three Excellence in Economic Development Awards

Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC) was awarded one Gold Rank and two Bronze Ranks in the 2021 Excellence in Economic Development awards. GSEC won two awards related to its #NextOutWest campaign: a Gold Rank in the category of Digital Media for the multichannel marketing and PR campaign and a Bronze Rank in the category of Multimedia/Video Promotion for its campaign video. Finally, the organization was awarded a Bronze Rank in the category of Talent Development and Retention for its Digital Upskill Sacramento program. The honors were presented today at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference.

TurtleTree Launches New R&D Facility in Greater Sacramento

TurtleTree has officially opened its new R&D facility in California’s state capital. Located in West Sacramento, this 24,000-square-foot building will house a world-class research hub showcasing the company’s extensive array of innovations and cell-based technologies.

Media Highlights

TurtleTree Opens Sacramento, California, R&D Campus

A biotech company that's using cell-based technologies to create sustainable food and dairy, TurtleTree launched a new R&D Facility in West Sacramento, California.

Workers find success with upskilling programs, land higher-paying jobs following the pandemic

Alicia MacHale’s pandemic experience was all too real. Her grandfather died. She left her job at the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office to help her children learn remotely.

Wealth, class and remote work reshape California’s new boomtowns as people flee big cities

Rebecca Luke was itching to move her family out of the Bay Area, fed up with soaring property taxes, epic commuter crawls and home prices aimed at Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

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