The California Capital Region Export Plan

Globally Aware. Globally Oriented. Globally Fluent.

Together with the Brookings Institution and dozens of economic development partners, we’re building a better export environment for businesses in the California Capital Region. Read the plan.

The California Capital Region Export Plan

Executive Summary

The Northern California World Trade Center is leading the implementation of the California Capital Region Export Plan, initiated in 2013 to strengthen our region’s economy by creating a collaborative global market strategy, developing the local export ecosystem, and helping our region’s businesses expand into the international marketplace.


The main objective of the California Capital Region Export Plan is to identify and activate the best opportunities to expand exports from the region. Economic growth occurs in large part when regions export to other regions, especially internationally, which in turn strengthens the local economy and stimulates job growth. We intend to help our metro region implement an effective global trade strategy through the California Capital Region Export Plan.

California Capital Region Market Assessment

The Capital Region Export Plan is based on an assessment of the region’s trade assets and challenges through qualitative and quantitative research on local exports, industries and employers. These findings are published in the California Capital Region Market Assessment, released in October 2014.


The California Capital Region Export Plan was developed as part of the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase’s Global Cities Initiative and Sacramento’s Next Economy Capital Region Prosperity Plan.

The development of the plan was led in partnership with the Core Working Group, comprised of the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento County, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

The plan was further guided by a large Steering Committee of public and private industry leaders involved in trade as exporters, service providers, international partners and leaders at the federal, state and local level. This effort was supported in large part by JP Morgan Chase, Sutter Health, SMUD and the County of Placer.