City of Riverside, California
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Every First Thursday
Riverside Arts Walk
 Seizing Our Destiny 
Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:


Partner Spotlight 


The Riverside Downtown Partnership (RDP) 

is a not-for-profit organization that partners with the City of Riverside, other not-for-profit organizations, Downtown retailers, Downtown businesses and fellow Downtowners whose joint mission it is to promote and enhance the quality of life in Downtown Riverside. 


The Partnership has three major functions: Promote downtown Riverside as a destination for residents and regional visitors; Develop and enhance RDP's influence and activities with downtown stakeholders; and Promote Riverside as a regional center
for commercial and residential private sector development.


Contact RDP: 
3666 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92501
Email or visit the RDP website.


Building Highly Effective Teams
Tuesday, 9/11
University of Redlands School of Business satellite office
3610 Central Ave
Riverside, CA
9 - 11 a.m.
(click here to register)

for more community events, seminars & meetings, go to the

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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
September 4, 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.
Downtown Riverside Celebrates Fashion's Night Out     


Fashion's Night Out (FNO) is an unprecedented global initiative originally created in 2009 to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry's economy during the recession. 


On Thursday, September 6, 2012, in response to overwhelming demand, Fashion's Night out will return to New York City and cities across the country, including Downtown Riverside, to highlight fashion and support retail with exciting events that include designer appearances, celebrity guests, fashion shows and musical performances.


Downtown Riverside Celebrates Fashion's Night Out kicks off at 4 pm with downtown businesses offering in-store specials, meet and greet of local fashion designers, product sampling, demonstrations, and more. At 6 pm the Main Street Fashion Show produced in partnership with The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire will feature fashions from local retailers and Art Institute design students, as well as the first RDP Fashion Star Award design competition. (Read more...)

Riverside Business Grown from a Local Entrepreneur's Vision Recently Featured on National Television Series

Featuring excerpts from the Press-Enterprise article by Debra Gruszecki as published on August 27, 2012 


Photo by Kurt Miller/PE Staff Photographer:  Chris Burkhardt, The Canned Ham Man, sits on the step of his first restored trailer, a Voyager, at his Riverside business on Monday, August 20, 2012. The Canned Ham Man is a business that restores vintage mobile trailers, and has caught onto the coattails of a new real estate/camping related trend. Folks are not only tooling around in the retro units dating back as far as the 1930s, they're buying them to put in movie studios, feature on TV shows and more.
Chris Burkhardt, The Canned Ham Man, sits on the step of his first restored trailer, a Voyager, at his Riverside business; Photo by Kurt Miller/PE Staff Photographer

The Canned Ham Man, celebrating its first year in a permanent business location in Riverside, has caught the tailwind of a consumer market that has been growing steadily over the last decade. 


Owner, Chris Burkhardt, has spent six years scooping up as many mothballed travel his once-penniless life could afford to preserve as much as he can, strip them down to the nubbies and rescue them from oblivion for a growing number of vintage travel trailer junkies.


Today, his retrofits of trailers that began to hit the road by the thousands in the late 1930s and were shaped like - you guessed it a can of manufactured ham, are turning heads.


The Canned Ham Man was just featured on A&E's TV show, "Barter Kings," as part of a forklift trade for a retro-styled family vacation house.


Read the full Press-Enterprise story here. 

Riverside's Community Vision, Seizing Our Destiny, Launches Phase 2.0 with Enthusiasm, Commitment and Momentum

The August 30th kick-off meeting for Seizing Our Destiny Phase 2.0 marked a critical juncture in the path towards future success and sustainability of Riverside's community-driven quality of life campaign.


The meeting was led by a cross-sector Leadership Core that includes: Mayor Ron Loveridge and Scott Barber (City representatives); Dr. Rick Miller, Riverside Unified School District (Education representative); Cindy Roth, Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce (Business representative); and Damien O'Farrell, Path of Life Ministries/Pick Group (Community representative).  In attendance were over 35 of the 40 members of the Champions Council- community leaders who have committed to be consistent and effective promoters of the Seizing Our Destiny vision for high quality of life.


In the Mayor's welcome he highlighted the importance of Seizing Our Destiny as a long-term vision for outstanding quality of life and forward action for results.


"Our economic development strategy used to be whoever walked through the door; we've evolved a long way, and moved toward a discussion for aspirations and a plan that implements programs and initiatives for continued positive change." (Read more...) 

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