Golden 1 Center Construction Continues to Put ‘Sacramento First’

New Report Shows Continued Progress in Hiring of Local Workers and Businesses for Golden 1 Center Construction

Sacramento, Calif. – Today, the Sacramento Kings and Sacramento First Community Advisory Council (Sacramento First) released a progress report on efforts to ensure strong economic and community benefits from Golden 1 Center construction. Highlights of the report included:

  • 78 percent in construction contracts – worth $280 million – awarded to local companies (original goal was 60 percent).
  • 21 percent in construction contracts – worth $76 million – awarded to local small businesses (original goal was 15 percent).
  • 92 high-need individuals connected to priority apprentice opportunities: 39 dispatched to Golden 1 Center, and the project is on track to beat the original goal of 70 priority workers. Due to demand and popularity of the program, 53 additional apprentices have been dispatched to other projects throughout the region.

“Through this arena, Sacramento is creating our very own economic stimulus package,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson. “The numbers speak for themselves: we’re talking thousands of jobs for local workers and millions in revenues to local businesses. I could not be prouder to see the Golden 1 Center not only meeting, but beating, the high expectations our community has set for this transformational project.”

“We’re proud the arena continues to deliver high-quality jobs and career opportunities for the Sacramento region,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “These dedicated men and women are working around the clock to deliver a world-class civic space that will transform our community. This project is truly built by and for Sacramento.”

Members of Sacramento First will present the report to the Mayor and Council on July 21 as the latest in a series of quarterly updates on Golden 1 Center construction. The report also highlights continued progress to ensure Golden 1 Center is built and operated in an environmentally-responsible manner. The project remains on track to earn the prestigious LEED Gold distinction through groundbreaking initiatives to improve energy and water efficiency, as well as local “farm-to-fork” sourcing of food and beverages to be served at the arena. 

“The Kings surveyed over 20,000 Sacramentans to determine what the community wanted in their new arena, and very clearly, sustainability was one of the top priorities,” said Granger. “Sacramento routinely gets high marks for green technology, and this facility reflects the city’s leadership and commitment. If it matters to Sacramento, it matters to us.” 

The Kings plan to roll out additional community initiatives in the coming months focused on sustainability, the arts and youth development.

Mayor Johnson requested the formation of Sacramento First in May 2014 to provide oversight during arena construction on a range of economic and community benefit initiatives in seven key areas: 

  • Local Hiring and Workforce Development
  • Local and Small Business Participation
  • Green and Sustainability
  • Arts and Culture
  • Education and Youth
  • Community and Neighborhood Issues
  • Public Transparency and Accountability

Sacramento First is co-chaired by Council Member Allen Warren and Kings Attorney Clothilde Hewlett, a national expert on diversity and small business contracting. Additional members include leaders from a variety of business, labor, faith, civic, government and community backgrounds:

  • Councilmember Allen Warren (Co-Chair)
  • Clothilde Hewlett, Partner, Nossaman LLP (Co-Chair)
  • Daniel Conway, Chief of Staff to Mayor Kevin Johnson
  • Azizza Goines, President and CEO, Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Pastor Kevin Brown, Pastor, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
  • Kathy Kossick, Executive Director, Sacramento Employment & Training Agency
  • Peter Tateishi, CEO, Sacramento Metro Chamber
  • Dennis Canevari, President, Sacramento-Sierra Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Lino Pedres, President, Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Michael Ault, Executive Director, Downtown Sacramento Partnership
  • Clint Williams, Business Development Manager, Turner Construction
  • Shelly Willis, Executive Director, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
  • Alastair Macgregor, Vice President, AECOM

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