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Mega Mixer & Trade Show

Hosted by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
January 31, 2013
 Seizing Our Destiny 
Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:


 Donation Helps Riverside City College and the Wood Streets Green Team Get New Community Garden Out of the Ground


 Students at UC Riverside Play Integral Role in Student Recreation Center Expansion Project 


 Radio Show Offers History, Insight and Call to Action for Seizing Our Destiny


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Upcoming Events:

Pick Power Breakfast feat. Mark Ostoich
Thurs, 1/17
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IEWBC Inland Prosperity Conference
Sat, 1/19
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36th Annual
State of the City
Thurs, 1/24
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Digital Media Marketing Conference
Wed, 1/30
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Mega Mixer
&Trade Show
Thurs, 1/31
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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
January 15, 2013 
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 Ranks #2 New Hot Spot for Tech Growth  

Washington D.C. tops the list; Chicago, New York and Los Angeles all miss the mark

With an 18.6% increase in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs since 2001, the Riverside area has positioned itself as the #2 'Hot Spot' for technology growth in the nation by Forbes.


Mark Schill of Praxis Strategy Group crunched the numbers to determine the changes in STEM employment from 2001 to 2012 in the 51 largest metropolitan statistical areas. (Read more...)

World Kitchen's West Coast Expansion to Bring 125 New Jobs to Riverside 

On January 8th Riverside announced a new industrial space lease with Rosemont-based World Kitchen, LLC as part of the company's newly-restructured distribution model.  One of the nation's leading housewares companies, World Kitchen will take its logistics network beyond the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions as this location establishes a major West Coast presence.


The facility is located at 2325 Cottonwood Avenue in the City of Riverside. To secure the location, World Kitchen worked closely with various partners before the 2013 peak holiday season; Riverside provided an opportunity for first quarter occupancy of 400,000 square feet. A planned expansion will be completed by mid-2013 to bring the space to 636,000 square feet.


"Riverside proved to be an ideal location as part of inland southern California with close proximity to the port of Long Beach," said Chris Roth, vice president of global direct sourcing, World Kitchen. "We were able to expedite a solution to ensure maximum efficiency with a long-term, west coast operation and as a result, the city and facility will help us to continue to distribute our world-renowned products." (Read more...)

Riverside's Plan Review Process to Become "Business Ready"
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On January 8th, the Riverside City Council approved ProjectDox, a new software program that enables business owners, developers, contractors and even residents to complete the entire process of plan submittal and review on-line.   


As part of the City Manager's Economic Development Action Plan Business First Program approved in early 2012, key City departments have been working together to identify and implement strategic changes to expand the City' s "readiness" for facilitating new business and investment as the economy continues to improve. 


After researching potential opportunities for increased efficiencies and improved communication, an electronic plan submittal and review process management system was determined to be the most effective solution; both benefitting businesses and increasing efficiency in internal project development processes. (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