City of Riverside, California
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Riverside Downtown Partnership
Annual Awards Ceremony 

February 21, 2013
 Seizing Our Destiny 
Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:


New Metropolitan Museum Exhibit to Tell Riverside's Story


Community Calendar Helps to Connect Riverside 


United Way Awarded Best Nonprofit
of the Year


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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
February 5, 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.
Small Business Development Center Opens Office in Riverside 

The Inland Empire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has recently opened an office at 3780 Market Street. 

"The Small Business Development Center is a tremendous resource for local small business owners and entrepreneurs," explained City of Riverside Economic Development Manager Larry Vaupel. "While the SBDC serves a larger region within Inland Southern California, having an office located in Downtown Riverside makes accessing the many services and trainings they offer much easier for our companies." (Read more...)
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour Comes Back to Riverside
(Includes excerpts from the 1/31/13 Press-Enterprise article by Laurie Lucas) 

At 8,700 square feet, the new Riverside Farrell's restaurant is the fifth and largest in the growing chain since investors resurrected the brand after a lengthy legal battle. Bob Farrell and Ken McCarty founded and launched Farrell's on Friday, Sept. 13, 1963, in Portland, Ore.


At its peak, the ice cream palaces spread coast-to-coast to 136 locations, including a beloved, 3,300-square-foot Riverside store which opened in 1970. After new owners changed the concept, the chain collapsed in bankruptcy by the mid-1980s and the franchises shuttered by 1991 - except for one in San Diego.


Parlour Enterprises CEO Mike Fleming said that of all the locations, Riverside was the best and easiest city to work with. "They welcomed us with open arms for bringing 170 jobs," he said. "They made the process so easy." (Read more...)

New Aviation Program at California Baptist University Receives Its Working Lab 

FedEx Express has donated a Boeing 727-200F to California Baptist University for use by its new aviation science program. The cargo jet made its final taxi on January 10, 2013 after landing at the Riverside Municipal Airport. The aircraft will be on permanent display at the airport and will provide a working laboratory for aviation science students.


"Although this aircraft has reached the end of its useful life in commercial service after 33 years, it is beginning a new life here at the Riverside Municipal Airport as a working lab for CBU aviation science students," said Dr. Daniel Prather, founding chair of the CBU aviation science department. "CBU could not be more pleased with this generous donation from FedEx and appreciates the role of Women in Aviation International in making it possible." (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