Notes from the CEO

Civic Amenities in Our Own Backyard

Last Saturday was the home opener for Sac State Football at Hornet Stadium. It was also the first game where I had the pleasure of watching from the new Five Star Bank Hospitality Deck. It was a terrific view. 

How every football fan in Sacramento wasn’t there is beyond me, let alone all the alumni in the region. The game was as enjoyable as any local sporting event I’ve attended. The action was fast. The team was playing in top-notch form. The Sac State Athletic Department ran a first-class operation.

Civic amenities are a big topic of conversation locally right now.  Many argue they are what set a region apart. The availability of arts, restaurants and entertainment, to name a few, can be the dealmaker when it comes to a person’s choice of where to live and do business.

Regional business, government, and nonprofit leaders are working hard on cultivating our civic amenity offerings and this is an important project for the future of this area.    

Part of what we need to do is celebrate what we already have to offer. Some things, like local college athletics I’m afraid, are yet to be discovered by many who call this home.

Grad or not, I encourage you to check out a Sac State Football game this season. I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.  You might just be surprised.

James E. Beckwith
President & CEO Five Star Bank

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