Central Valley AgPLUS Gearing Up for 10th Americas Competitiveness Exchange

The 10th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE) is coming to Northern and Central California October 21-27, hosted this year by the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources and Central Valley AgPLUS.

ACE is an initiative of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC). It gathers high-level, public, private and academic decision-makers from across the Americas to explore thriving models of entrepreneurship, innovation, strategic investments and partnerships that contribute to economic development of selected regions.

The Octobers ACE program tour of Northern and Central California will visit sites San Francisco, Monterey Bay, Fresno, Sacramento and Davis. About 50 delegates from throughout the Americas and other parts of the world will participate.

Previous ACE host regions within the United States have included: Florida; Arizona and portions of Southern California; Georgia, North and South Carolina; and Central Texas. Internationally, ACE host regions have included: Ontario, Canada; Cordoba, Argentina; and the Mexican cities of Aguascalientes, Guadalajara and Mexico City.

ACE convening institutions are the U.S. Department of Commerce, through the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA); the U.S. Department of State; the Government of Argentina; and the Organization of American States (OAS) as the Technical Secretariat for the Inter-American Competitiveness Network (RIAC).