Annual Study Mission 2024

Join Sacramento regional leaders in St. Louis, MO October 1-4, 2024, for the Capital Region’s 24th immersion program.

Delegates representing civic, business, and elected leadership will align around a common vision, strengthen relationships, and help build a more vibrant community through dozens of presentations, conversations, unique experiences, and guided tours on varying topics.

Study Mission participants gain a high-level understanding of the St. Louis region’s innovations, successful outcomes, unique partnerships, challenges encountered and overcome, lessons learned and leading economic, cultural, and civic drivers that rose from our host city’s efforts.

Top themes

  • Regionalism: Strategic Economic Planning & Collaborations
  • Innovation Districts: Education, Research, Incubation & Workforce Partnerships
  • Placemaking: Urban Revitalization, Downtown, Waterfront, Open Spaces
  • Economic Drivers: AgTech, Advanced Manufacturing & Biosciences

Our cities at a glance

2023 total population



2010-2023 population growth



Jobs, all NAICS sectors



Labor force, civilian



Median income



Unemployment rate



Median age



Bachelor’s degree or higher



Average home value



Families living below poverty level



#of homelessness per 10k population



Drive alone



Utilize public transport



Cost includes hotel accommodations for three nights.

Single occupancy

$3,995 per person

Double occupancy

$3,595 per person

Additional room nights

Additional Room Nights (three days pre / post)  

$250 per room/per night (inclusive of tax)*

Air credit

You will be responsible for securing your own flight and airport transfers

$300 pp

* Based on hotel availability at time of request

Please note: Study Mission 2024 pricing will follow a tiered structure. Prices will increase from the base price noted above according to the dates below.

  • On or after July 15: Prices will increase $200
  • On or after September 1: Prices will increase $300

Hotel information

The Royal Sonesta Chase Park Plaza
212 Kingshighway Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 633-3000

Flight accommodations

TUE 10/1/24SW3052SMF > STL6:35AM12:15PM
FRI 10/4/24SW3386STL > SMF3:05PM5:15PM

Please note that Study Mission is a member only program.  For membership information, please contact us (916) 552-6800 or


October 1

Flight Arrival

Program Overview & Lunch

World’s Fair Pavilion, Forest Park

Forest Park Walking Tour

Urban Amenities & Placemaking

Chair’s Welcome Reception

Maryland House

Small Group Dinners

October 2

Collaborative Prosperity

The Chase Park Plaza Hotel

Talent & Tourists

City Foundry


City Foundry

Union Station Walking Tour

Union Station

Revive & Reuse

Union Station

Opportunity Field Trip

Downtown, Gateway Park, Waterfront

Free Time

Dinner On Your Own

October 3

Innovation Centers

39 North AgTech Innovation District at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Walking Tour

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Bus Tour

39 North AgTech Innovation District


Cortex Innovation Community

Innovation Talent Development

Cortex Innovation Community

Walking Tour

Cortex Innovation Community

Eds & Meds

Cortex Innovation Community

St. Louis Local Leaders Reception

Stifel Theatre

Group Dinner

Stifel Theatre

October 4

Hotel Check Out

Wrap Up Session

Busch Stadium

Entertainment District Walking Tour

Ballpark Village

Airport Transfer for Departure

Top content themes

  • Regionalism: Strategic Economic Planning & Collaborations
  • Innovation Districts: Education, Research, Incubation & Workforce Partnerships
  • Placemaking: Urban Revitalization, Downtown, Waterfront, Open Spaces
  • Economic Drivers: AgTech, Advanced Manufacturing & Biosciences

The Metro Chamber offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities.

For questions or to request more information, please contact:

Susan Harris Brazelton
Phone: 916-826-5410

What is the Annual Study Mission?

The Sacramento Metro Chamber organizes an annual Study Mission to a destination in North America for the purpose of learning best practices, expanding thinking, inspiring new ideas and provoking meaningful collaboration. Annually, the program enables local leaders to align in a common vision, strengthen relations, and build a more vibrant community.

What do attendees gain by participating in Annual Study Mission?

Our delegation will gain a thorough understanding of St. Louis’ innovations, successful outcomes, unique partnerships, challenges both encountered and overcome, lessons learned, and leading economic, cultural, and civic impacts that resulted from our host city’s leaders’ efforts.

How has the Greater Sacramento Region benefited from the Annual Study Mission?

Past Study Mission cities included visits to Toronto in 2023, Indianapolis in 2019, Brooklyn in 2018 and Chicago in 2015, just to name a few. Some of the programs and projects that resulted from past Study Missions include the following: The Railyards development, Old Sacramento redesign, Sacramento Brandathon, Emerge Summit for young professionals, Measures Q & R, and more.


Presenting Sponsors

UC Davis
UC Davis Health

Chair’s Reception Sponsor

Opening Breakfast Sponsor


Platinum Sponsor

Sutter Health

Gold Sponsor

Golden 1 Credit Union

Silver Sponsors



Terms and conditions

RESERVATIONS: Reservations are based on space availability and will be confirmed upon receipt of registration and full payment. 

WAITING LIST: If the program sells out, only upon submission of a waiting list form will you be put on the waiting list. If there is a cancellation, the first person on the list will be contacted and a notice with invoice will be e-mailed.

PAYMENTS: Please make checks payable to I.S.Tours. Registration payments are due no later than September 01, 2024. All payments received after September 01, 2024, are considered late and will be charged a $100.00 late processing fee. Confirmation is subject to space availability at prevailing rates. Please note that payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) will incur a convenience fee of up to 3.1%. Your statement will reflect the name of I.S. Tours when the charge is posted.  NOTE: Your travel documents WILL NOT BE RELEASED if payment is not received prior to departure. 

NAME CHANGES: Name changes are allowed without a fee prior to September 01, 2024.  From September 01 – September 23, 2024, name changes are allowed with a $100 charge. No name changes are allowed as of September 24, 2024.  A change of name form must be provided and emailed to I.S.Tours at  I.S.Tours assumes no responsibility with respect to monies between participants.

CHANGES: The Sacramento Metro Chamber has the right to withdraw the program, or any part of it to make such alterations in the itinerary deemed necessary, or to substitute services of comparable value. Unused portions of the program are not refundable.

EXPENSES: Prices include only those services specifically stated in your tour package. Items such as room service, telephone calls, optional activities and other incidental items not specifically stated in your package, are not included.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations must be made in writing and must be emailed to I.S.Tours at  A $250.00 per person penalty plus any hotel and airline penalties will apply from date of booking through July 15, 2024. July16 – August 12, 2024, a $500 per person penalty plus any hotel and airline penalties will apply. From August 13, 2024, to date of departure, the full registration fee is non-refundable and may result in loss of entire program cost. There are no refunds for no-shows.

RESPONSIBILITY: The Sacramento Metro Chamber and I.S.Tours, their representatives and agents act only as intermediaries between travel program participants and airlines, hotels and other public service organizations. Both the Sacramento Metro Chamber and I.S.Tours disclaim any liability for claims, losses, damages, costs for expenses arising out of injury, accident or death, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, loss of pay, upset disappointments, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental resulting from acts of God, weather, overbooking incurred by said persons or operators to either passengers or baggage from whatsoever cause.

I.S.Tours MAINTAINS A TRUST ACCOUNT (#3368097493) to protect its clients’ payments pending distribution to suppliers. Additionally, I.S.Tours participates in California’s Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. Our registration number is 2085879-40. A claim can be filed with the California State Attorney General within 60 days after you suffer or become aware of loss. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the state of California.

AIR TRANSPORTATION: For scheduled service, Southwest Airlines is the official airline for the 2024 Study Mission. Flight delays and cancellations can occur and are completely outside of the control or responsibility of the Sacramento Metro Chamber and I.S.Tours. In the event of a delay or cancellation, Southwest Airlines not I.S.Tours, determines and provides the compensation, if any, to be provided to passenger(s).  Southwest Group Tickets cannot be changed and are non-refundable/non-transferrable/non-reusable once ticketedPlease verify baggage policy prior to departure.

DOCUMENTATION: ALL passengers must present a valid U.S. passport of driver’s license.  You must submit your name as it appears on this document and your date of birth, as required by TSA.   Failure to comply may result in denied boarding and no refunds will apply.