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Tracy’s Regional Advantage Reflects Core Theme of 2016 State of the City Address
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Tracy’s Regional Advantage Reflects Core Theme of 2016 State of the City Address

Tracy, Calif. – The City of Tracy, in partnership with the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, is proud to present the Annual State of the City Address on Thursday, March 17th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts located at 715 Central Avenue in Downtown Tracy.

This year’s theme, “Active. Innovative. Connected. The Tracy Advantage,” reflects the City’s identity as a thriving socio-economic hub within the developing Northern California “Mega-Region,” which includes the Northern San Joaquin Valley and the Greater Bay and Sacramento Areas. Tracy Mayor, Michael Maciel, will deliver the opening address, which will highlight the City’s accomplishments in 2015, as well as the vision for the Tracy community.

“I’m really excited to emphasize Tracy’s key leadership role in the San Joaquin Valley Region,” stated Tracy Mayor, Michael Maciel. “I think it’s important to highlight all of the great things Tracy is doing and how it’s creating a ripple effect regionally.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Jeffrey Michael, Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Dr. Michael’s presentation will focus on the current economic landscape of the Northern San Joaquin Valley; Tracy’s position as an economic driver within the region (including its growing ties to the Greater Bay and Sacramento Areas), and opportunities for inter-regional collaborations to support social and economic systems.

Tickets to the State of the City are $25. Interested individuals may purchase tickets on-line at www.atthegrand.org or at the Theatre Box Office and Tracy Chamber of Commerce office. Doors open at 9 a.m. for a breakfast bar and networking opportunities. This event is geared toward the local and regional business community; however, the general public is welcome to attend. For more information and tickets, please call the Tracy Chamber at (209) 835-2131.

Keynote Speaker Bio
Dr. Jeffrey Michael is Executive Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research (CBPR) at the University of the Pacific. He holds a joint faculty appointment in the Eberhardt School of Business and the McGeorge School of Law program in Public Policy, and is based at Pacific’s Sacramento campus.

As Executive Director of CBPR, Jeff leads the development of triannual economic forecasts for California and eight Northern California metro areas in addition to special reports on current business and public policy issues impacting the region. Jeff’s areas of expertise include regional economic forecasting and environmental economics including work on water resources, the Endangered Species Act, climate change, and regulation on land use, property values and employment growth. His research has been published in scholarly journals and books such as the Journal of Law and Economics, Energy Policy, and Ecological Economics, and he has been a principal investigator on over $3 million in grants and contracts.

Jeff is cited over 100 times per year in the local and national press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NBC, NPR, and PBS. He speaks frequently about the economic outlook and policy issues to diverse audiences. Before coming to Pacific, he was faculty, Associate Dean, and Director of the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research at Towson University in Maryland. Jeff received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, M.S. from the University of Maine, and B.A. from Hamilton College.

CONTACTS
Sofia Valenzuela
Tracy Chamber of Commerce
209-835-2131
svalenzuela@tracychamber.org

Vanessa Carrera
City of Tracy
209-831-6102
vanessa.carrera@ci.tracy.ca.us

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