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Sacramento preparing to welcome San Francisco tech company

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Mayor Kevin Johnson says Sacramento is on track to become the next home for California’s high tech innovators.

Officials aren’t willing to reveal the company’s name yet, but CBS13 sat down with the CEO charged with leading this venture.

With months away from the opening of the Golden 1 Center, the rest of Sacramento town is in high-tech mode, shifting focus from government-to innovative jobs.

Economic development chief Berry Broome is the guy charged with getting the job done, with a $20 million (£15.16 million) budget devoted to high-tech investments over the next decade.

“I think Sacramento can become a better version of itself,” said Broome.

Broome is poaching emerging Bay Area tech companies to relocate to Sacramento, by the dozens.

“When someone’s putting 500 or 1,000 jobs in the ground, their housing costs drops 73 per cent and they’re still in the Bay Area, so access to talent,” said Broome

In his State Of The State address this year, Mayor Kevin Johnson promised to make Sacramento a “high tech hub.”

The sales pitch is working, he says.

This week, the Mayor will announce the latest San Francisco based Tech Company to build a branch here.

The goal is to generate hundreds of technically- skilled jobs, while tapping into talent at area colleges and universities like Sac State and UC Davis.

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