Metro Edge Chair, Emilie Cameron, said the EMERGE Summit is the first gathering of its kind in the state. It all started more than a year ago when the Metro Edge group took a study trip to Denver.
Denver is one of the top cities for young people to relocate, and stay. Cameron and the other Metro Edge leaders wanted to know why and how Sacramento could better retain young talent - as well as capture some of that brain drain from other cities.
Cameron said one thing they noticed was a strong collaborative spirit, and that Denver brought young professionals together for conferences - so that's where they started.
The conference included a line-up of inspiring speakers, including Mark Otero, founder of KlickNation, and Chris Johnson, inventor of the Rapid Ramen Cooker, and Shark Tank alum and smaller, more-focused workshops covering marketing, networking, business development, and life-work balance.
"Pretty, effing amazing," Cameron said, at the Park Ultra Lounge after all was said and done. She said the young professionals in our region are dreamers and doers - and getting them all in the same room was just the first step to transforming the city.
Cameron's vision is that this will be considered the turning point. A moment to look back on and say be able to say, "it all started there." She said the goal with this first conference was to get the population engaged. The next step is turning that engagement into activism and then providing the tools needed to change the city.
Capital Public Radio sponsored the event.