ELK GROVE -- Elk Grove's Mayor Gary Davis touted the city's growth and expansion Friday afternoon at its state of the city address.
A commitment from the tech manufacturer NRC headquartered in Fremont, to build its expansion in Elk Grove is one of the highlights of the city's growth,
"In Elk Grove, we have to work a little bit harder to grow our job base," Davis said.
Being in the shadow of Sacramento, Davis says Elk Grove often gets overlooked as a destination for startups and tech companies.
NRC has just 18 employees today, according to CEO Ratha Chea, but plans to add 2,500 new jobs to its Elk Grove in the next five to seven years. The company manufactures a number of electronic devices and tools for tech companies.
"I think it's a starting point hopefully for what is a lot of high tech jobs coming to Elk Grove," Davis said.
Elk Grove has invested $1.1 billion in land, infrastructure, building improvements and construction projects in 2015, according to its own yearly financial report.
Its unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, better than greater Sacramento's regional 5.6 percent rate. Ultimately, it was the opportunity to save that drew Chea to Elk Grove.
"The decision to come to Elk grove was the savings cost, overhead cost, building costs," Chea said.
Apple also announced in 2015 it'll spend $13 million to expand its Elk Grove facility, a sign that more jobs could be coming there as well.