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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
March 19, 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 Community Hospital Holds Ground Breaking Ceremony for New $315 Million Major Expansion Project 

The ground breaking ceremony took place at the site of the future parking garage to formally kick off a significant expansion of the facility.  State Senator Richard Roth, District 31, and Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey were among officials who took part in the ceremonial start of the expansion project.  After completion, expected by 2017, Riverside Community Hospital will feature a new 5-story parking garage with 1,061 parking spaces, a 3-story medical office building, and a new 7-story, 292,000 square-foot patient tower with 72 private patient rooms, bringing the 373-bed hospital to a 445-bed hospital. (Read more...)

Riverside Names New Chief Innovation Officer 
Lea Deesing, Chief Innovation Officer

Riverside City Manager Scott Barber announced on March 18, 2013, the appointment of Lea Deesing as the City's Chief Innovation Officer. Ms. Deesing has worked in information technology for 24 years, most recently as Associate Vice Chancellor of Information Services for the Riverside Community College District. As Chief Innovation Officer, Ms. Deesing will be directly responsible for the City's strategic use of technology, manage the Innovation and Technology Department, and work closely with City departments to improve processes and enhance citizen services.

Ms. Deesing was chosen following a highly competitive national recruitment. City Manager Scott Barber said "I am very excited to welcome Lea to the City's team. Lea has a demonstrated record of success and is a nationally recognized leader in information technology. I am particularly excited about her desire to create an environment whereby ideas and creativity are used to solve technical problems and create innovative solutions." (Read more...)
Office of Economic Development Wins Regional Marketing Awards

On Friday, March 15th, the City of Riverside Office of Economic Development took home several awards from the 2013 American Advertising Federation-Inland Empire ADDY Gala for several of its marketing efforts.


Competing in the 'Public Service' category, Riverside's national-award-winning Retail Map took home a Silver, and Bronze-level recognition was given to its Riverside End Homelessness Campaign, Explore Riverside Newsletter and Neighborhood Conference Brochure.  In the 'Elements of Advertising' category, the City took home a bronze for its Opportunities with Education (O.W.E.) logo design. (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