Cordova Hills Brochure

I wrote this brochure based off a list of information regarding the master planned community of Cordova Hills and using the formatting of an outdated brochure. I co-edited it with freelance journalist and editor Robin Epley as well as Trish Moratto of Impressions Strategic Consulting.

Inside left panel (About)

Welcome to Cordova Hills, an approved master planned community of more than 2,600 acres situated in California’s capital region. Nestled in the scenic foothills of Northern California, Cordova Hills offers higher education institutions the opportunity to expand into a strategic location. Part of the Northern California Megaregion, this area is the national leader in agriculture, home to a thriving technology sector and a booming job market.

Here, you will find more than 45% of all U.S. venture capital. It is where over 28% of all patents originate. Students from the region go on every day to fulfilling careers and bright futures, bringing the best practices and technologies into the world.

Graduates from the Sacramento region step into a working environment rich in opportunity. Northern California is home to three of the fastest-growing counties in the state and Sacramento has had the greatest percent increase of workers in the high-tech sector of any California region since 1990. Students, campus faculty and staff will play a vital role in the region’s continued prosperity.

‚ÄúCalifornia will face a large skills gap by 2030 if new investment in higher education is not made.‚ÄĚ –Mark Baldassare, President of the Public Policy Institute of California

The Northern California Megaregion is proud of its agricultural heritage, and today’s residents are bringing that tradition into the 21st century. Sacramento is the nation’s Farm-to-Fork Capital and home to the largest California Certified Farmers’ Market in the state. Sacramento offers diversity, on the plate and around the table, as the most ethnically diverse market in both produce offerings and customer demographics.

Ninety-nine percent of the state’s rice crop, 80% of the globe’s almonds, 96% of the country’s and 33% of the world’s processed tomatoes all come from within 250 miles of the Sacramento region. Vintners come from around the world to admire and learn from Northern California wineries, and recently, there’s been a beer boom in the state, with more than 50 craft breweries operating in the Sacramento region alone. As the nation’s top agricultural production region, career opportunities for graduates in the Sacramento area are plentiful.

Downtown Sacramento and the State Capitol are just 22 miles (35km) away from Cordova Hills, providing premier access to the city and to its neighbors in the region. Sacramento is intimately connected to cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, and the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe regions. Visitors can go from skiing to hiking to surfing in the course of a single day. The drive is easily made, and the Sacramento International Airport is just 30 miles (48km) away — Sacramento‚Äôs connection to the world.

‚ÄúThis is a rare and exceptional opportunity and one that we hope you will explore today.‚ÄĚ
–Ken Cooley, California State Assembly Member


Why Cordova Hills? There’s Something for Everyone


  • Agriculture


      • #1 – California is the largest agricultural producer in the nation
      • 1.5 million – The Sacramento region contains 1.5 million acres of farmland
      • 70% – Seventy percent of the region‚Äôs land is agricultural, forestland or other open space, with a Mediterranean climate that produces some of the nation‚Äôs most diverse and high-quality crops year-round
      • $7.2 billion – The Sacramento region‚Äôs growing food and agricultural economy is valued at over $7.2 billion
    • Employment


  • 7 miles – Seven miles (11km) east from the second-largest employment center in the six-county Sacramento region


    • 30,000 – The food and agriculture sector provides over 30,000 jobs in the region

Inside center panel (Larger Images)

The distinguished architectural and planning firm of Holabird & Root has been an integral member of the campus planning and visioning team since 2008, drawing from the firm’s 138-year legacy of planning and designing campuses throughout the country. Larger architectural renderings from Holabird & Root are available upon request.

Inside right panel (Conclusion/Call to Action)

A key component of the Cordova Hills Master Plan is 224 acres for college or university land use. The shovel-ready property designated for the campus includes a 50-acre plateau and the adjoining 174 acres. Immediately adjacent to the proposed campus is a 130-acre ‚ÄúUniversity Village‚ÄĚ envisioned as complementary land use.

This unencumbered land includes assistance for the upfront costs of providing infrastructure for the site, the support of local governing bodies, access to a solar farm to create net-zero electricity usage, research and development tax credits, a New Market Tax Credit, California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing and much more.

If your institution’s vision includes expansion, we encourage you to explore Cordova Hills.

For additional information, please contact:

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Back panel (Project Map with Legend)

At build-out, Cordova Hills will have nearly 8,000 homes and apartments within six unique villages. More than 21,000 people will call it home. Plans feature over 75 miles of interconnected walking and bike trails, a campus shuttle system, more than 500 acres of permanent open space, and 1.3 million square feet of commercial space for businesses, entertainment venues, shopping, dining and service-related amenities.

‚ÄúThere is a significant need to meet the growing demand for the expansion of higher education in the Sacramento region.‚ÄĚ –Mark Lapsley, California Business Roundtable