City of Riverside, California
This Thursday!
October 4, 2012
6 p.m. to midnight
 Seizing Our Destiny 
Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:


AYSO 2014 National Games Are Coming to Riverside!


  Riverside Chosen to Participate in STAR Program


 Sister City Art Exchange Builds Connections Across the Border 


Riverside College & Career Fair
Wed, 5-8 p.m.
(click here
for more info)

SmartRiverside Golf Tournament
Monday, 10/8
(click here to register)

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

Community Calendar 

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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
October 2, 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.
Riverside to Host SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit


On Thursday, October 11th, Riverside will host the 5th Annual SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit.


This exciting opportunity is open to business owners and non-profit organizations at all stages.  Learn from experts, speakers and panelists committed to business growth and take advantage of workshops and one-on-one opportunities with lenders, SBA leaders and resource partners.  In addition, Keynote speaker Jerry Flavin from the SBA's White House Office on Faith-Based Programs and Neighborhood Partnerships will provide an update from Washington DC. (Read more...)

New Bill Passed to Protect Small Business from Fraudulent "Shakedown" Letters

It is an unfortunate reality that small businesses throughout the state, including some here in Riverside, have been the victims of shakedown letters and lawsuits by unscrupulous attorneys, under the guise of disability access.  In most instances, the letters are generated from a drive-by, not good-faith patronage of the business where barriers to access are confronted by a person with a disability.


Please be advised that on September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1186, a Disability Access Reform Bill. (Read more...)

Riverside's Office of Economic Development Hosts Commercial Real Estate Luncheon in Los Angeles
On Thursday, September 27th, city economic development officials took Riverside on the road to update Los Angeles-based commercial real estate executives on the exciting opportunities happening throughout the inland southern California community. (Read more...) 
Riverside Plaza Sold for $84.8 Million
The transaction is noted as one of Inland Southern California's largest investment deals in 10 years


Arizona-based commercial real estate firm, Vestar Development Company - whose mission is "to create unique destinations with a 'sense of place'" - has just announced their acquisition of Riverside Plaza. (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