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Immersion Day 2019: Growing a Region

Attention all YP's: Something major is happening and we want all of you to get involved.

Immersion Day, formerly known as Issue Immersion Day, is one of Metro EDGE’s biggest regional advocacy events. As the name suggests, this is a day where EDGErs immerse themselves in a particular regional topic and get to hear from key executives from the industry or initiative, visiting important sites related to the theme for a hands-on understanding of the topic. This year, the topic is Growing a Region.

Sacramento has experienced tremendous growth in the past ten years. But what has that done for the city and region at large? In this year’s Immersion Day, we’ll study the growth of the region and explore how developments in transportation, arts/culture, food/agriculture, education, accessibility, affordable housing, and real estate has impacted Sacramento’s people and influenced what’s to come. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with leaders who have supported various initiatives aimed at investing in Sacramento and Sacramento's communities, but more importantly, bring ideas to the table to start a conversation on what Sacramento should be. This hands-on (but not too hands-on) experience will take you and your EDGE peers on a half day adventure around the city resulting in deeper connections, understanding, and empowerment around our city’s potential.

Following Immersion Day will be the *2019 Immersion Day Mixer at the Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL). All existing, new, and potential EDGE YP’s are encouraged to take it to the next level and keep the Growing a Region conversation going over food and beverage.

Event Details:

Lunch is included in the ticket price and will be provided by Federalist Public House. Participants will also get free entry for the mixer at the WAL.

Featured Speakers:

Panel 1:

  • Evan Schmidt - Senior Director, Valley Vision
  • Tiffani Fink - CEO, Paratransit, Inc.
  • Maya Wallace - Performance Manager, CA Dept of Justice
  • Jovana Fajardo - Lead Organizer, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

Panel 2:

  • Jose Bodipo-Memba - Director of Sustainable Communities, SMUD
  • Jose (Joey) Ramirez - Principal Officer, Washington Neighborhood Center

Panel 3:

  • Aaron Marchand - Vice President, Turton Commercial Real Estate
  • Katie Marks - Founder, Beehive Waxhing
  • Kuks Singh - Founder/CEO, Cowo Campus


Hacker Lab- Lunch/networking followed by an interactive panel discussion
Washington Center - Alkali Flats - Presentation and interactive Workshop
Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL) - Property tour and discussion
2019 Immersion Day Mixer: Finish up at WAL to mingle with the participants and panelists


Meet & Greet plus lunch
12:30 – 1:00 pm at Hacker Lab

Session 1: Inclusive Economic Development Panel Discussion
1:00-2:00pm at Hacker Lab

Session 2: Environmental Protection & Addressing Regional Disparities Presentation
2:45 – 3:45pm: at Alkali Flats

Session 3: Achieving BIG development goals through supporting small business Panel Discussion
4:15 – 5:30pm at WAL

2019 Immersion Day Mixer 
5:30-7:30 PM at WAL

* All Immersion Day tickets include entry to the mixer

Hacker Lab, Alkali Flats, WAL

Date & Time
11.21.19 11.21.19