City of Riverside, California
The outcome of Measure A will dramatically affect City services.
Stay informed and vote by
June 4, 2013.

Ballots were mailed to voters on May 6, 2013. Ballot must be returned by June 4, 2013. 

A special presentation at City Council tonight, May 7, will outline possible budget cuts if Measure A  
doesn't pass. 
 Seizing Our Destiny 
Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:


 Students Explain "Why College Completion Counts" in Scholarship Contest 


Riverside McDonald's Sustainability Efforts Receive National Attention 



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Small Business Resource Expo  
Thurs, May 23
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Legal Issues for Startups  
Thurs, May 23
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World Trade & Investment Summit 
Thurs, June 6 
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Economic Development News
City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development
May 7, 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.
Launch of Riverside's First Startup Weekend "Out of the Park"

In less than three days, nearly 100 people helped create 10 new businesses that could call Riverside their home.

Teams worked around the clock to create new businesses in less than three days.

Startup Weekend Riverside organizer and founder of, Benjamin Mueller, described this past weekend's event as "Amazing," adding that of the four Startup Weekends he has attended in the past, this one was at the top in terms of the quality of each project - "clean development process and strong product types." (Read more...)

Small Business Resource Expo Returns on May 23  

For the fifth year in a row, the Greater Riverside Chamber, Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber, Bank of America, The Press-Enterprise, the City of Riverside and the County of Riverside Workforce Investment Board, will present the Riverside Small Business Resource Expo on Thursday, May 23 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium. 


The goal of the Riverside Small Business Resource Expo is to enable the growth of the small business community by providing attendees with free workshops and an opportunity to connect with representatives specializing in finance, utilities, human resources, government, business services and health care. It is essentially a one-stop opportunity to efficiently gather free, valuable information from over 50 exhibitors tailored to the needs of small business. (Read more...)
Nation Celebrates World Trade Month Throughout May

Each year, the U.S. Department of Commerce designates May as World Trade Month as a way to recognize the importance of trade to our nation's economic well-being.    

Throughout the month, events and observances that will take place throughout the country include:  

  • National Travel and Tourism Week, a celebration of that industry's contributions to the U.S. economy, will take place from May 4-12.
  • On May 16, the Small Business Administration and Denver U.S. Export Assistance Center will co-sponsor the 40th Annual World Trade Day.
  • May 19 will bring the start of World Trade Week, a tradition dating back to 1927 and marked by a Presidential proclamation.
  • During that week, the President's annual "E" Awards will be presented to leading U.S. exporters.
In addition, Twitter chats throughout the month will offer chances to learn about exporting and pose questions to government agencies involved in President Obama's National Export Initiative. You can also follow hashtag #WorldTradeMonth for more trade and event updates.

Locally, the City of Riverside in partnership with the Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade work everyday to create opportunities for local businesses to benefit from exporting goods or attracting foreign investment. A special presentation will be made during the afternoon session of the May 14, 2013 City Council meeting on Riverside's EB-5 program, local Foreign Trade Zones and the Sister City program. (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 

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