Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside every day; highlights for this week:


 Mayor Pledges Progress On Economic Front


    Students With Signs Aim To Brighten Day 


Local Foundation Invests $2.4 Million Into Riverside Community in 2013



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January 30
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City of Riverside, CA
Office of Economic Development News
January 28, 2014
RPU Recognized as Finalist in NAIOP-IE REXIE Awards Public Partner of the Year 

NAIOP Inland Empire Chapter hosted the annual Real Estate Excellence Inland Empire Awards (REXIE) to honor the best of the best in commercial real estate for 2013. Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) was named a finalist for Public Partner of the Year for the Utilities' Temporary Economic Development Rate which has successfully helped to create or retain over 2,500 jobs within RPU's service territory since 2010.


RPU offers its Economic Development (ED), Business Retention (BR) and Temporary Economic Development (TED) rates to attract and retain large, expanded electric load and new commercial customers. (Read more...) 

CIO Lea Deesing Details How Tech Aids Economic Development  


Riverside Chief Innovation Officer Lea Deesing was featured in StateTech Magazine for her work leading the City's Information and Technology to foster economic development in the community.


When asked how the City is using IT to spur economic development, Deesing said:


"I report directly to the economic development branch of the city, and IT is treated as a core operational asset toward economic and job growth. Being the "City of Arts and Innovation" is not just a title - we actively seek ways in which we can innovate to compete for economic growth to attract new businesses with high-paying jobs, bring homebuyers to the area, retain college graduates and more. (Read more...)

Business Spotlight:
Olfactor Laboratories Inc. (OLI), located at 1140 Citrus Street, is developing the world's first products based on ieCrowd's patent-pending technologies capable of blocking mosquitoes' (and other blood-seeking insects') ability to detect carbon dioxide. 

ieCrowd's technology has been supported by federal agencies, large foundations, non-profits, and experts from around the world and has been considered one of the "biggest breakthroughs" against mosquito-borne diseases.


At its inception, OLI acquired the exclusive, worldwide license rights to a compound set from the laboratory of Dr. Anandasankar Ray at the University of California, Riverside. The work at the UCR campus was focused on identifying compounds capable of manipulating CO2 receptors and was featured in the world-renowned scientific journal Nature (2011). (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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