City of Riverside, California
See why Riverside was named the
#1 Most Intelligent Community in
the world:

Intelligent Community of the Year 2012
Intelligent Community of the Year 2012

 Seizing Our Destiny 
Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:

 SmartRiverside Awarded $25,000 Grant for Digital Inclusion Program

Old-Fashioned Kindness Thrives in the Wood Streets

The Arts Mean Business in Riverside


Partner Spotlight 


Inland Empire SCORE provides confidential business counseling at no-charge from over 20 volunteer counselors. These successful executives represent over 300 years of experience in all areas of business. Counseling is available in person, via email or as an advisory board for existing businesses.


In Riverside, SCORE provides counseling services every Wednesday at the offices of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, 
3985 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501. 


Inland Empire SCORE

11801 Pierce Street
Riverside,CA 92505

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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
June 26, 2012 

Riverside is being recognized worldwide for its forward looking, cutting-edge approaches to economic development, education, sustainability and technology. Discover the possibilities within this City of Arts & Innovation.
City Manager Gives Update to Chamber Members at Good Morning Riverside 

Last week I had the opportunity to speak with some of Riverside's finest business leaders at Good Morning Riverside hosted by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, here is a recap of my remarks.


It's been a short six months since I was named as the City Manager and I'm excited to provide an update on the City of Riverside.


I started off with what is currently my least favorite subject - Redevelopment.  Despite the State's best efforts to prohibit our accomplishments, we are fighting for our City's projects with enforceable obligations and finding alternative ways to pay for other projects and services.


I quickly moved on to my new favorite subject - Economic Development.  I tell every employee that their job is economic development whether they are picking up trash, approving site plans or meeting with brokers.  We understand as a community that every public service, every quality of life amenity starts with a healthy business environment. 


We have already experienced many economic development successes including a new economic development website, an approved action plan, a Business First program and a weekly radio show.


During the current fiscal year 2011/12, we have created more than 1100 jobs and 600 more are in the pipeline.  Here are a few of the businesses and job numbers noted: Crystal Pacific Window and Door Systems opened with 20 new jobs; Elephant Thai opened downtown with 10 new jobs; Royal Interpak opened, creating 75 new jobs; Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park opened, creating 80 new jobs; Red Robin will be opening soon at Tyler Galleria bringing 90 new jobs; and, UCPath Center opens July 2013 and will create 600 new jobs by 2014. 


It's motivating to see this kind of positive economic growth in Riverside and points towards a continued future of even greater success.  We are a business-friendly community and we want everyone to know it. 

In February 2010, the City of Riverside launched the new Innovative Economy Initiative designed to promote innovation in Riverside and the greater Inland Region of Southern California. The City of Riverside, 
UC Riverside and Innovation Economy Corporation continue to collaborate to encourage business startups, new jobs, and new technologies.


In a ceremony held earlier this year, the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Bourns College of Engineering, dedicated a laboratory at UCR and officially named it the Innovation Economy Corporation Laboratory. This dedication is in recognition of another collaborative step between the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR and Innovation Economy Corporation towards bridging the gap between innovative research and global markets.


"This collaborative relationship is key to ensuring research conducted in our laboratories can be commercialized." said Dr. Nosang Myung, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering.


Watch the video below to see a recap of the dedication ceremony:  

University of California, Riverside, Lab Dedication
University of California, Riverside, Lab Dedication




We invite you to celebrate the achievements and continued progress of this City of Arts & Innovation. Please contact the Office of Economic Development for more information.


Scott C. Barber

City Manager
City of Riverside