City of Riverside, California
This Thursday!
SBA Faith-Based Small Business Summit
October 11, 2012
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Seizing Our Destiny 
Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:


 YWCA 2012 Women of Achievement Awards Honor Champions for Riverside


 Riverside Public Utilities Honored with Gold and Silver Awards for Innovative Business Programs


 UC Riverside Art Professor Awarded Prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant


Discover Riverside
Saturday, 10/13
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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for more info)

Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, 10/16
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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
October 9, 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.
Economic Development Efforts Help Create Nearly 1,400 Jobs in Past Year


In only six months the impact of an aligned, focused, collaborative strategy organized around various quality of life aspects is yielding what city officials had hoped for, and more.  With economic development as its number one priority, the City of Riverside has been aggressively working to "help businesses create jobs for our community" and has catalyzed their efforts through the Economic Development Action Plan that was adopted this past February.  


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Along with several notable action items that had been completed or are well underway, Office of Economic Development staff reported that an estimated 1,396 jobs were created or retained in Riverside in the last fiscal year (July 1, 2011 to June 1, 2012). This number reflects only those projects that City staff assisted with and does not include an estimated 9,631 construction jobs that were added due to various City, university and regional transportation projects during that same time period.  In addition, almost 1,125 jobs are in the "pipeline" of economic development projects. (Read more...)

Riverside Celebrates Accreditation Announcement for UCR School of Medicine

The past week has been filled with press announcements, news reports, Facebook posts and tweet after tweet proclaiming excitement that the UC Riverside School of Medicine can move forward with the recruitment of students to start classes next August.


The University of California, Riverside received notification on October 2, 2012 that its planned medical school has received "preliminary accreditation" from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the national accrediting body for educational programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. (Read more...)

Riverside Extends Electric Rate Freeze


On October 2, 2012, the Riverside City Council approved a plan that will extend electric rate freezes for Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) residential and commercial customers through the end of January 2014.


The initial rate freeze, which was part of RPU's Electric Environmental and Economic Effectiveness Plan (E4) created in 2010, provided stable energy rates through the end of this year. With the council's decision, RPU energy customers will continue to reap the benefits of this plan for another 15 months. (Read more...) 

Retail spotlight: Magnone Trattoria and Marketplace Scheduled to Open in November 
(as published by the Press-Enterprise on October 2, 2012; written by Laurie Lucas) 


Ciao Bella, once one of Riverside's premier restaurants, is slowly morphing into Magnone Trattoria and Marketplace as a team scrambles to complete the work for a November opening. (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