Greater SacramentoSelectUSA Spinoff: Cleantech and ZEV ecosystem tour

Thank you for attending Greater Sacramento Economic Council’s clean technology & ZEV ecosystem tour!

Greater Sacramento is the California option for clean and zero-emission vehicle technologies. The region is dedicated to positioning international companies for success, combining the most innovative economy in the world with the Capital of the 5th largest economy in the world.

As California’s state capital, Greater Sacramento is situated at the epicenter of clean policy and within the largest U.S. market for electric vehicles. With the growing cleantech and advanced mobility ecosystems and a powerful research and development base, the region is on track to being a world leader in zero-emission vehicle technology.

For more information on the Greater Sacramento international business ecosystem and support services, please visit our international business page.

Contact Hayden Kandul, to connect at the SelectUSA Summit in Washington D.C. June 22-27, or to learn more about how GSEC can support your expansion into the Greater Sacramento region.



8:30 a.m. Welcome & networking

  • The Sequoia at the Cannery

9:00 a.m. U.S. Commercial Service welcome

  • George Tastard, Director, U.S. Commercial Service, Sacramento

9:05 a.m. Greater Sacramento ecosystem overview

  • Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC)

9:30 a.m. California cleantech & ZEV regulatory and industry support

  • Gia Vacin, Deputy Director of ZEV Market Development, Governor’s Office of
  • Business & Economic Development (Go-Biz)
  • Maria Onorato, Foreign Direct Investment Program Manager, Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (Go-Biz)
  • Lorraine Gonzalez, Special Advisor to the Chair David Hochschild, California Energy Commission (CEC)
  • Nikolas Rechtiene, Head of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD)
  • Alberto Ayala, Executive Director, Sacramento Metro Air Quality Management District (SAQMD)

10:30 a.m. Panel discussion: Industry testimonials with Q&A

  • Marc Nerius, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, SMA America
  • Johanna Wojciak, Government Communications Manager, LION Electric
  • Martin Zea, Vice President, LiCAP Technologies
  • Derek Chase, CEO, OnSight Technologies
  • Moderator: Jeff Fletcher, Senior Consultant, PEM Motion USA

11:15 a.m. Panel discussion: Talent & workforce development with Q&A

  • Dahlia M. Garas, Program Manager of the Plug-in, Hybrid and EV Research Center, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Amy Schulz, Dean of Career Continuing and Technical Education, Sierra College
  • Michelle Willard, Chief of External Relations, Sacramento State
  • Ashley Madden, Director of College & Career Readiness, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy (SAVA Charter School)
  • Moderator: Jennifer Hall, Managing Director, Accenture

12:00 p.m. Networking lunch

1:30 p.m. Site tour: Terabase

  • City of Woodland

3:15 p.m. Site tour: Siemens Mobility

  • Sacramento County

5:00 p.m. Happy hour reception

  • Fox & Goose

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

50 Economic Alliance

The 50 Economic Alliance is a formal partnership of business and government interests along the eastern Highway 50 corridor. We work together to showcase everything our region offers for existing and new businesses, their employees, and their customers. We bring together leaders in business, government and key industries to identify the challenges and opportunities they face, and how best to address and capitalize on them.

The needs of any business go beyond city or county lines, so we take a regional approach to meeting them. We facilitate relationships between businesses and the resources, expertise and information they need to succeed and grow through access to a talented workforce, academia, investor funding, and impactful introductions.

Placer County

Placer County is one of the fastest-growing counties in California. We routinely rank as one of the healthiest and best Counties for quality of life. Our variety of places to live, top-rate schools, outdoor wonderland, amazing weather, plentiful arts and history, and outstanding offerings for dining, shopping, and entertainment, all help to explain our attraction of people and business. 

The Office of Economic Development enhances and maintains Placer County’s exceptional quality of life by leveraging resources that encourage an economy that is vibrant and diverse. 

Sacramento County

​​​​​​Sacramento County covers 984 square miles and is home to the California state capital, 1.5 million residents and seven cities. The population of Sacramento County’s unincorporated area is 604,272. If it were a city, it would be the largest in the greater Sacramento region and one of the largest in the state.

The Office of Economic Development is here to offer support as you look to grow or expand your business in Sacramento County. Our team has expertise in business development, expansion strategies and working with local regulatory agencies to find solutions for your business needs.

City of Elk Grove

Elk Grove is a dynamic, growing mid-size city in California’s vibrant Sacramento capital region – the center of the 5th largest economy in the world – where your business can start or scale at cost, with an unmatched quality of life, and all the assets and amenities the Sacramento region has to offer.

Our dedicated staff of economic development professionals is committed to providing you customized business start-up, expansion, and relocation assistance so your business can find success in Elk Grove. Our free consulting and advisory services can assist you with market analysis, site selection, talent acquisition, expedited permits and approvals, and tailored incentives.


As Sacramento’s community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has supported local business for more than 70 years. With rates among the lowest in California—up to 45% less than for-profit utilities – we are consistently ranked at the top of national surveys for customer satisfaction.

For decades, SMUD has been a leader in clean energy and carbon reduction and their 2030 Zero Carbon Vision continues this commitment. Our goal to reach zero carbon emissions in their power supply by 2030, is the most ambitious goal of any large utility in the United States and puts the Sacramento Region on the map as an example to follow and a region where innovative, climate-friendly businesses want to be.


Presentation slides

FDI brochure

Battery brochure