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Latino Network Annual Awards Luncheon 
Fri, Mar 15
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Lunch & Learn 
Tues, Mar 19
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Doing Business with the City/County 
Fri, Mar 22
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GRCC Annual Inaugural Celebration 
Wed, Mar 27
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Tri-Tech SBDC
"Funding the Big Idea" Event 
Thurs, Mar 28
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 Seizing Our Destiny 
Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:


 Riverside Parks & Recreation Receives Two Awards of Excellence


La Sierra University Lands Nation's Top Service Award 


Local Author Memorializes Moving History of North High School Basketball, Coaches 


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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
March 12, 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.
Residents and Businesses Asked to Give Feedback on Riverside's Quality of Life

Over the next couple of weeks, those who work and/or live in Riverside will have the opportunity to provide opinions and feedback regarding the quality of life in the community. The purpose of this effort is to measure and set benchmarks aligned with the Seizing Our Destiny vision and spark community-wide engagement that promotes and continues to improve our quality of life.


From March 16-24, 2013 some residents will receive calls to their home and/or mobile phone asking them to participate in a short random phone survey about their quality of life in Riverside. Participation in the survey will help to provide community groups and decision makers with important information concerning what residents think about living in our city. The caller ID for these calls will read CSUSB, as researchers from our regional California State University will be conducting the survey on Riverside's behalf.


If you don't receive a call, anyone who lives or works in Riverside is encouraged to share their thoughts through an online version of the survey which will be available at from April 1-30, 2013. (Read more...)

Access to Popular Small Business Loan Programs to Expand

Borrowers and lenders of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration will have greater access to capital and less paperwork as a result of a proposed regulation aimed at streamlining the SBA application process, while also strengthening oversight and the integrity of the agency's loan programs.


The SBA proposes the new measures after extensive consultations with lenders and borrowers to identify the greatest challenges they face and find ways to reduce barriers to making and accessing loans, while still maintaining strict oversight. Among the proposed changes are: (Read more...)

Governor's Jobs Advisor Confident of Business Climate in California 
Mike Rossi, Senior Advisor to the Governor on Jobs and Business Development highlights examples of business growth in California. Photo credit: GRCC Business News

In late February the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce hosted an Economic Development Briefing with local and state leaders to discuss efforts to grow business and create more jobs for the region. The briefing highlighted local efforts to create a stronger local economy and featured Mike Rossi, Senior Advisor on Jobs and Business Development to Governor Jerry Brown.

In his initial comments, Rossi stated that California is getting stronger in attracting new investment and encouraging more businesses to relocate or expand their operations in the state. He also noted several examples of California businesses leading the charge in growth through technology including Apple, Zappos, and Facebook. However, Rossi also recognized that several challenges still exist and the state could do more to encourage new development and expedite the regulatory and environmental review process. (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