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


 UC Riverside Research Holds Promise in Battling Kidney Cancer


Eastside Garden Gives Riverside Students Hands-On Learning Experience 


UC Riverside Research Holds Promise in Battling Kidney Cancer 


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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
February 26, 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.
Tri-Tech SBDC Announces the 4th Annual "Funding the Big Idea" Event 

TriTech SBDC's fourth annual funding conference, Funding The BIG Idea, will offer businesses and entrepreneurs the opportunity to interact with investors to find out what it takes to become "investor ready" on Thursday, March 28th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501. 

The TriTech event features "The Best BIG Idea Competition" for which entrepreneurs submit their written business ideas.  Out of those submissions, a small group of contestants are selected to pitch their ideas during The Best BIG Idea Competition.  Contestants then have the chance to win a $1000 prize for the BEST business idea. (Read more...)
Dr. Helen Chen Recognized as February's Innovation Honoree

On February 12, 2013 Dr. Helen Chen, CEO of Ambryx Biotechnology, was recognized as the Mayor's Innovation Honoree for February for her work in Riverside and beyond.


City of Riverside Technology Ombudsman Greg Lee described the Yale and UC San Diego graduate as "a person who is not only involved in the development of a cure for cancer through her company, Ambryx, but who is also a mentor, leader and a friend to our high tech community."


Ambryx Biotechnology is a privately-held pharmaceutical company founded in 1997 that specializes in the research, development and commercialization of cancer treatment drugs and clinical nutrition. Since moving her company to Riverside in 2005, Dr. Chen has been working with the city and the Riverside Technology CEO Forum to grow local tech companies; she serves as a mentor to professors who are starting their own companies and also to college students working at Ambryx as interns, as well as to younger female students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. (Read more...)

RPU Direct Install Programs Benefitting Small Business Customers 

As economic factors continue to make running a business challenging, small business customers of Riverside Public Utilities are taking advantage of free direct installation programs that help increase their water and energy efficiency, and lower their utility bills.


For more than a decade, Riverside Public Utilities has offered a variety of programs and services to assist its large and small commercial customers alike. The programs, funded by public benefits monies, are both beneficial to the businesses and help the utility meet state mandated goals for energy and water use efficiency. 


While smaller flat-rate business customers, like those with an average electrical demand below 20 kilowatt hours (kWh), have shown interest in participating in RPU efficiency programs in the past, factors such as time, staffing constraints, and cash flows haven't allowed them to participate. (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