Friday, October 31, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Rob White: Davis tech businesses are taking off

RobWhiteInnovateDavisW

By
From page A10 | September 07, 2014 |

Since starting at the city of Davis about 18 months ago, I have had the pleasure of leading the city’s efforts in economic development. In conducting that work, there has been special emphasis on support for entrepreneurs, innovation and technology businesses.

These most certainly are not the only businesses in Davis, but they are part of a strategy that will help us to diversify the economy and are traditionally underrepresented in our other business groups.

Having more technology jobs translates into career opportunities and typically higher disposable incomes. This in turn will help support our service businesses and retailers in downtown and other parts of the city. That in turn can create more sales tax revenue that can be used for community services like parks, pathways, open space and roadways.

There are many activities happening in Davis in the areas of innovation and technology, but I have found there are very few ways to effectively deliver this information to our community. To those ends, The Davis Enterprise has agreed to provide a forum for discussion of these topics in this weekly column.

My fellow contributor Doby Fleeman, co-owner of Davis Ace Hardware, and I will focus on news surrounding tech businesses, innovation originating from UC Davis and the many ways that a growing knowledge-based economy may help the city’s financial outcomes.

This is not a total accounting of all innovation or technology activities, and we certainly encourage you to contact us or post accordingly to draw our attention to events, actions or achievements that you think may have merit.

To kick off this inaugural week, I want to focus on two things: 1) some recent news from some of our local tech companies, and 2) provide you a very brief description of what the city’s actions are in helping to grow tech businesses.

First, there have been several announcements about tech businesses building new facilities in Davis or receiving substantial investments. Some of the names you likely will recognize, but some are new companies to Davis.

In April, BioConsortia Inc., a Davis agricultural biotechnology company, raised a $15 million round of funding from Khosla Ventures and Otter Capital, LLC.

Davis-based Arcadia Biosciences Inc. announced in May that it closed a $33 million round of equity financing.

In June, Marrone Bio Innovations announced it raised about $40 million with its second stock offering. This is in addition to the almost $60 million raised in its initial offering last fall.

In August, global ag tech firm Agrinos Inc. announced it would be opening a research and development facility in East Davis.

And just a few days ago, BioConsortia opened its new facility off of Research Park Drive in South Davis.

These activities amount to almost $100 million in investments and facilities over the past six months. Over the past 12 months, Davis has led the Sacramento region on a per-capita basis in the number of new tech startups, attraction of research-based companies and the resultant investments in funding and facilities.

The city has launched an economic development initiative to specifically focus on facilitating these activities. The initiative will help grow and attract a variety of jobs to Davis, including high-wage technologists, professionals, technical and skilled labor, and services.

The city’s plan is centered on five primary focus areas: 1) facilitating technology and business development; 2) increased engagement with UC Davis; 3) expanding the network for local business success; 4) strategic branding and marketing of Davis; and 5) regional leadership.

If you would like to read the city’s work program you can find it on the city’s website by going to the City Council agendas section and looking for May 13, 2014. Under item 08, you will find the Innovation and Economic Vitality 2014-16 Work Program, which outlines each of these focus areas in greater detail.

Future article will provide more detail on each focus area and discuss the objectives of the work program. The over-arching goal is to create a diversified economic base and fiscal sustainability through embracing the research, technology and innovation pervasive in Davis. To those ends, we look forward to sharing more each week.

— Rob White is the city of Davis’ chief innovation officer. This column will be published weekly.

Comments

comments

.

News

Gardner guilty of murder, with special circumstances

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
State superintendent makes campaign stop in Davis

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Meet Poppenga at Saturday reception

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Bob Dunning: Lawn display causes a theological crisis

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Couple killed in Yolo County crash

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

Same-party races challenge incumbents

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
State races test one-party rule

By New York Times News Service | From Page: A2

 
Indians celebrate Diwali with gala on Sunday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

Rairdan dinged for late report

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A3

 
Veterans will tailgate at ‘Salute to Heroes’ game

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Wolk hailed for environmental votes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Yamada honored for leadership on aging issues

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Embroidery group meets at mall

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Bet Haverim will hear Israel update

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Local artisans featured at holiday craft fair

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Kids walk for friends at Birch Lane

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Explorit: Creep out with some spooky science

By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4

Shambhala offers Tai Chi class

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Bones for Life classes offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Enjoy wine, music and art at Sunday fundraiser for DHS choir

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A9

 
.

Forum

New-school cheating on the smartphone

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
My choices on Tuesday

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Garamendi, Dodd get my votes

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

 
High hopes for Sunder

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Public service is in her heart

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
A calm, thoughtful voice

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Sunder is a perfect fit

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Best predictor is past behavior

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

Vote for students, with Tuck

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
.

Sports

DHS plays undefeated Pacers Friday night

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Blue Devil girls net an easy win at Grant

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Aggie offense A-OK; now what about defense?

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
In Davis, rugby is as American as apple pie

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
 
Niemi’s 43 saves aren’t enough in loss to Wild

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

.

Features

.

Arts

Calling all artists for upcoming show

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
‘Birdman': A dark comedy that soars

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11

 
DHS Madrigals host singing workshop

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12

 
Marcia Ball to play at The Palms

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Big, capable luxury defines Yukon

By Ann M. Job | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Joseph Francis Gray

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Friday, October 31, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B6

 
.

Real Estate Review

Featured Listing

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER1

Professional Services Directory

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER2

Lyon Real Estate

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER3

RE/Max Gold

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER4

Kim Eichorn

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER5

Susan von Geldern

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER6

Team Traverso

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER6

Yolo FCU

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER6

Juan Ramirez

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER6

Tracy Harris

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER7

Susan von Geldern

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER7

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER8

Julie Leonard

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER8

Joe Kaplan

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER9

Melrina A Maggiora

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER9

Coldwell Banker

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER10

Leslie Blevins

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER12

Julie Partain

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER12

Robin Garland

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER13

Jamie Madison

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER13

Diane Lardelli

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER13

Karen Waggoner

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER14

Jamie Madison & Associates

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER14

Lisa Haass

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER14

Ciana Wallace

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER15

Travis Credit Union

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER16

Malek Baroody

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER17

Marcelo Campos

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER18

F1rst Street Real Estate

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER20