City of Riverside, California
Office of Economic Development Newsletter
May 21, 2013

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


 Riverside's Fallen Heroes Remembered 


Inaugural 'Riverside Startup Weekend' Hailed as a Great Success


La Sierra University Alumnus To Be Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame 



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Salted Pig Owner Opening Bar, Coffeehouse, Beer Shop
(Includes excerpts from the article written by Laurie Lucas and published on on May 15, 2013.)

Ronaldo Fierro's work is far from done in his native Riverside, a community he loves.  

Ronaldo Fierro, left, owner of the Salted Pig in downtown Riverside, stands with Austin Amento, owner of Augie's Coffeehouse in Redlands, in front of Fierro's restaurant on Wednesday, May 14, 2013. Amento is opening a satellite location in Fierro's building (pictured at left) at the Salted Pig's corner. Photo by David Bauman; source:

The young CEO of a downtown gastro pub called The Salted Pig plans to open two more businesses on the block. Both works-in-progress in buildings that he owns are well underway: a specialty cocktail bar called W. Wolfskill and a combination coffeehouse and craft beer shop named Bobby's Bottle Shop/Augie's Coffee Roasters.

"I feel as though I've hit it out of the park with my first restaurant in a part of downtown Riverside that was underdeveloped," Fierro said. (Read more...)

Riverside Software Development Company, SouthTech, Transforms e-Services for Public Agencies  

SouthTech Owners Jose Dominguez (left) and Grant Gyulnazaryan (right)

For over two decades SouthTech founder, Jose Dominguez, has been helping public agencies by converting cumbersome manual record and licensing processes into high-tech Internet electronic recording systems.

Dominguez' first project was the automation of marriage licenses with the County of Riverside. When the State of California purchased the software for statewide implementation, his company was officially launched. (Read more...)

Riverside Continues to Expand Foreign Trade Resources for Businesses

In celebration of Foreign Trade Month, economic development officials and international trade practitioners provided an update on the various programs and resources available to support and promote the importing and exporting operations of local businesses to the Riverside City Council at their May 14, 2013 meeting.

Richard Dozier, Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade, highlighted several of the efforts that have been key in increasing the region's position as a center for international trade and investment. In addition to multiple trade agreements and the expansion of the county's Foreign Trade Zones, the Office of Foreign Trade has been actively promoting the development of EB-5 centers and providing export training to local business owners.  The results are promising - 35 nations have already invested in Riverside County and an estimated 11,800 direct jobs with a payroll of $805 Million have been created from foreign investment. In addition, (Read more...) 

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. 

We invite you to celebrate the achievements and our continued progress. Please contact the Office of Economic Development for more information.


Scott C. Barber

City Manager
City of Riverside 
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