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Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside everyday; highlights for this week:


 Riverside Research Helps Develop Electronic 'Nose' to Scan for Pesticides in Food


Collaborative and Perseverant Leadership Key to Success in Securing State Funding for UC Riverside School of Medicine 



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July 10
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July 11
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July 16
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July 18
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July 19
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City of Riverside, CA
Office of Economic Development News
July 9, 2013
Riverside Continues to Gear Up for the 2013 Fireball Run 

As the finish-line location for the action-packed, one-week long adverturally, FIREBALL RUN, Riverside is making plans to properly welcome teams and fans as they reach the final destination of the 2013 epic event that runs from September 20-28.

The 8 day, 14 city, 2500 mile rally is literally a life-sized trivia game and America is the game board. Forty teams literally go head-to-head as they use more brain power than horse power teams solve clues based on history, science, nature, theology, pop culture, and virtually anything in relation to their geographical location - once found, they must accomplish missions in order to score, and every bit is filmed as part of the FIREBALL RUN TV Series. All while aiding in the recovery of America's missing children. (Read more...)

Inland Southern California's First Electric Vehicle Franchise Opens in Riverside 
(As written by Laurie Lucas and published by the Press-Enterprise)

Riverside just got a little greener.

Singh EcoCentre at 8043 Indiana Avenue is the Inland Empire's first franchise to offer some of the country's most affordable electric cars, trucks and vans that cost little to drive.

Located in the Riverside Auto Center just off Highway 91, the EcoCentre celebrated its grand opening on July 4 with 20 electric vehicles in stock.

The man behind the franchise is Ramon Alvarez, who owns Lincoln and Jaguar dealerships in Riverside. He created Alvarez Electric Motors Co. which imports vehicles from China, for drivers who want to protect the environment, save money and eliminate gas pains. (Read more...)

Riverside Researcher Working to Build Wi-Fi System with LED Lights
Product will be of particular benefit to hospitals and 'smart traffic' solutions
(Includes excerpts from the article written by Mark Muckenfuss and published by the Press-Enterprise)  
Gang Chen, an associate adjunct professor, at right, and students Qian Gao, Feng Bo, Zening Li, Dongfang Zheng and Linchao Liao,left to right, are shown with their LED-guided "car" at their UCR lab. The team is installing a pilot project at Loma Linda University Medical Center to transmit wifi signals with light. Photo by Kurt Miller, PE Staff Photographer.

Albert Wang, a professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, is developing LED lights that transmit wireless signals and mapping information. He envisions a time when traffic lights will talk to cars and your computer will connect to the Web through a light. 

Wang and his colleagues are getting ready to install a pilot project at Loma Linda University that would allow the medical computers to work off of the LEDs lighting a training clinic. The lights are produced by Gallium LED Lighting Systems, a Yucaipa-based company. (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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