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City Marks 15th Anniversary of Incorporation

Press Release

Press Release - City Marks 15th Anniversary of Incorporation

Posted: 07/01/2015

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First New California City of the Millennium Turns 15

On July 1, 2000 residents of Elk Grove achieved their dream for independence and local control.  Today, the City of Elk Grove celebrates the 15th anniversary of its incorporation.

Elk Grove is home to 162,899 residents in 2015, nearly double its original population, and is the second largest city in Sacramento County.  The City celebrates its diversity and small town charm achieving such recognition as the 7th most racially and ethnically diverse city in the country (WalletHub, 2015), 3rd best California city to raise a family (, 2015) and most recently, the best Sacramento suburb for young couples (Movoto, 2015).

Much has happened over the past fifteen years and the progress that has been made reinforces the amazing spirit, hospitality, and pride that its residents, elected officials, and City staff share for their community.  From the first City Council and the creation of committees and commissions; the formation of its own Police Department and Transit service; to the development of interchanges and master planned areas, the City of Elk Grove has endeavored to create a bright future that honors a proud heritage.

“Our City has accomplished remarkable things in a very short time,” said Mayor Gary Davis.  “We are a young city by most standards and the future looks extremely bright.  We are working hard to bring the opening of civic facilities and new businesses, improvements to our transportation and other infrastructure, and keeping grassroots community involvement at the neighborhood level to become an even better place to live, work, and play.”

In keeping with Elk Grove’s ambitious spirit, the City will launch a new Permit Simplicity program today, the first program of its kind in California, to simplify and support how business gets done.  The program is expected to improve the average turnaround times for building plan review from the current 9-day average to the next day or up to three days depending on the complexity of the project.

Additionally, work continues on the Southeast Policy Area, Elk Grove’s first city-initiated master plan since incorporation and the last large-scale development area within the city.  New civic amenities are under development including an aquatic center, a veteran’s hall, new senior center, and a possible multi-sport complex.  The first major General Plan update since its adoption in 2003 will begin this year to determine the priorities and projects for Elk Grove over the next 20 years.

“Elk Grove is making a name for itself within the region and throughout the country,” said Mayor Davis.  “Working together, our City is poised to become a leader in providing quality of life services, spaces, and amenities within the next 15 years.”

Over the next few months, the City will celebrate its 15th anniversary with contests, events and activities that showcase the best of the Elk Grove community.  Visitors to the City’s web site are invited to submit a milestone for the City’s interactive timeline at

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