The Sacramento Urban Technology Lab (SUTL) is the living embodiment of the 三重螺旋 model of economic innovation, 地方政府, academia and industry collaborate to transform Sacramento into that of a “living laboratory” for entrepreneurs, advanced technology businesses, and 学术 institutions to test, 开发, 扩展他们的想法, 产品, 和服务. By actively supporting technology 开发ment and demonstration throughout different districts in Sacramento, SUTL will help align current City efforts to grow Sacramento’s existing base of high-tech workers, 企业孵化器, and early-stage technology businesses and encourage established technology firms and research partners to test new technologies in a live city environment.
SUTL uses physical technology testing grounds, industry-specific programming, and city-wide branding to achieve the following initiatives:
集体, these programs are being coordinated to maximize the benefits of the recent surge of interest and investment in the Capitol region’s “innovation economy.”
SUTL aims to bring awareness to current and future city initiatives as well as 开发 programming to support the growth of the following industry verticals in Sacramento:
SUTL activates each of Sacramento’s eight districts as “living laboratories” that are engaged as key assets for economic 开发ment. 作为SUTL的一部分, each district will 开发 an inventory of locations and/or an area within the district that can be utilized for retention, 扩张, and attraction opportunity sites that allow companies and universities to scale their efforts in Sacramento, ranging from digitally connected infrastructure to 企业孵化器 to technology demonstration sites.
In addition to the discreet projects described above, SUTL will also function as a mechanism for promoting and leveraging existing city government projects that involve advanced technologies. 作为一个例子, SUTL’s strategies for the 5G deal with Verizon Wireless and the $44 million Green City initiative are working to ensure that the resulting programs bolster Sacramento’s long-term innovation capacity. Project alignment efforts such as these ensure that each department’s innovative technology projects support the broader goal of making Sacramento a global leader in advanced technology research and testing.
SUTL will allow local universities and community colleges to better market existing 学术, research and workforce training strengths. As an early example of this university engagement, Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) has committed to identifying areas where the University can contribute to the workforce training needs for advanced technology industries within Sacramento. After chronicling existing education strengths, the Dean of ECS also offered to support the 开发ment of company-specific curriculum at Sacramento State. This model of connecting 学术 institutions to specialized workforce needs can be replicated with other institutions, 包括加州大学戴维斯分校, 太平洋大学, 以及当地的社区学院. By facilitating active partnerships between 学术 organizations and industry groups, SUTL will strengthen the 三重螺旋 model of economic innovation, an economic model dependent on the collaboration between industry, 学术, 和政府的声音.
随着SUTL努力的成熟, city departments and economic 开发ment partners will 开发 resources for industry partners to raise awareness of Sacramento’s strengths as an innovation center. These will include an inventory of geographic assets for technology testing, 产业支持项目, existing workforce training programs, curriculum 开发ment opportunities, and more to assist with company attraction and 扩张.