Folsom can be considered many different things, which may seem unconnected, but all add up to it being the right place at the right time.

It’s a tech hub, attracting both established tech titans and newer startups from industries that span data acquisition to education. This concentration of tech and startups results in a culture of innovation supported by regional organizations like the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, HWY 50 Economic Alliance, and the Northern California Innovation District. 


It’s an incredible place to live, boasting a quality of life that attracts families and companies from all over Northern California. Easily accessed recreation that ranges from bike trails to lakes and waterways, plentiful housing, top-rated schools, and a business-friendly environment all combine to create a climate ideal for work-life balance.

It’s a rare gem, a city with room to grow. The area south of Highway 50, Folsom Ranch, is a multi-phased development. It will see an estimated 11,000 single- and multi-family homes at full buildout and two medical campuses, offices, retail, schools, recreation, and dining.


It’s ideally located for work and play. Folsom’s proximity to Greater Sacramento and the Bay Area is served by highway, air, and rail. It boasts easy access to two of California’s major transportation corridors, I-5 to the north and south and I-80 to the east and west. (Did you know? It’s the only place these two highways intersect in the United States!)

Public transit is well-established here, too. You’ll find three light rail stations connecting to downtown Sacramento and Amtrak for nationwide rail travel. There’s also industrial rail to the City of Rancho Cordova .


Three airports provide more than 155 daily nonstop flights on 12 domestic and international airlines to 36 destinations.


But there’s more. Lake Tahoe and its world-class ski resorts are only an hour and a half away. For those who prefer wine tasting to playing in the snow, the award-winning wineries of the Sierra Foothills are a short thirty-minute drive.

It’s where a dynamic tech culture and authentic hometown vibe meet. The spirit of community is what defines our city. Folsom may be home to globally recognized and publicly traded companies, but it’s also a place where, like a certain television show based in Boston, everybody knows your name.


Our city, with a small-town heart, combines compassion and humanity with a can-do spirit. You’ll find business owners, government staff, and citizens all share a collective goal of creating a sustainable, successful, and transformative community.

And there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming year. I, for one, can’t wait.

Joe Gagliardi is the CEO of Choose Folsom and the Folsom Chamber of Commerce. Folsom Times is a proud Chairman’s Circle Partner with the Chamber of Commerce.

Joe Gagliardi
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