Sacramento is only 90 miles from the SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley but often seems worlds apart. One of the ways this is most evident is that it seems like everyone here works for government in some way. I thought that maybe this was just my impression, but according to a story today in the Business Journal, it’s true. According to a new study nearly three out of every ten workers in the Sacramento metro area work for state, federal or local government. While those might unfortunately be growth industries, it’s not the kind of growth that should drive an economy.
What we need in the area are more growth companies. Now, growth companies are often technology companies and there are many groups in the area that have been trying to nurture this this type of company for awhile including SARTA, SacStarts (my favorite) and the Sacramento Angels.
There’s a new group in town, the Hacker Lab. On June 2nd and 3rd, they are sponsoring a two day mobile hackathon where teams will cram together and create apps on the fly. This is awesome, this is what we need. If you can code, go in there, hack, make stuff, and who knows maybe knock us out of that #1 slot that really isn’t helping our local economy.