City of Riverside, California

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


  Give BIG Riverside Proves to Be Much More than a Fundraising Campaign


  UCR Awarded for Sustainability Programs by Local Organizations


 "The House on Lemon Street" Tells the Story of the Harada Family



Festival of Trees
Wed, 11/21-25
(click here
for more info)
Festival of Lights Switch On Ceremony
Fri, 11/23
(click here
for more info)
 Small Business Saturday
Sat, 11/24
(click here
for more info)


Riverside Downtown Partnership Monthly Luncheon
Tues, 11/27
(click here
for more info)

How to Start Your Small Business
Thurs, 11/29
(click here
for more info) 

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

Community Calendar 

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The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California's single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts.

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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
November 20, 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 Community Hospital Announces Expansion Plans  

$315 million-dollar project expected to add 400 temporary construction jobs and 300 full-time permanent hospital positions


On November 16, officials at Riverside Community Hospital announced plans for a $315 million expansion on the facility's campus that is needed to improve access to healthcare for a growing population. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2013 and the expansion project is expected to be complete in 2018.

View of the new RCH patient tower (rendering subject to change)


Officials of the 373-bed hospital describe the centerpiece of the expansion being a seven-floor, 292,000 square-foot tower which will house 12 intensive care patient rooms, 60 medical and surgical patient rooms, a laboratory and food services operations.  The expansion project will include several major components including: (Read more...) 

California's Premiere Holiday Festival Celebrates 20 Years; Switch On Ceremony Kicks Event Off This Friday  


Friday, November 23 marks the 20th anniversary of the Festival of Lights presented by the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and kicks off the 5 week celebration with the annual switch on ceremony at 4:30 p.m.  


During Festival of Lights downtown Riverside is transformed into a holiday wonderland with over 3.5 million lights displayed on the Mission Inn, along with other light displays, decorations and activities throughout downtown.  Visitors can enjoy the Main Street ice skating rink, a visit with Santa at his Workshop, music, shopping, fine dining, sweet treats with a steamy coffee, and a horse-drawn carriage ride. (Read more...)

Using Social Media to Make the Most of Small Business Saturday


If you are reading this article, we are going to go out on a limb and assume you have a computer and email address.  But, surprisingly almost half of all businesses are not using social media to reach new customers or to bring back past clients.  


Using Small Business Saturday as a reason to connect with a new audience, we are including some links to articles and resources that can help increase your company earnings year round - whether retail or service - at little or no out-of-pocket costs. 


Resources for Small Business Saturday:

Resources to use beyond Small Business Saturday: (


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