How does your
Business Size Up?   
Try the free business analytics tool here.
 Weekly Wins
Great projects, initiatives and successes are happening in Riverside every day; highlights for this week: 



 CBU Aviation Science Program Enters Agreement With ExpressJet Airlines



Eastside Apartments Set For Long-Awaited Overhaul



 How Closely Are Water And Energy Linked?



  Mock Trial: Riverside's Poly High Takes Third Place At State




Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Visit our blog 

App of the Week:
You have never experienced a task manager like this! 
The original concept has been around awhile, but the basic idea is very simple:

You work for 30 minutes, focused only on a single task. When the time is up, you give your mind a break and do something completely unrelated, also for 30 minutes.

Riverside Plaza Nordstrom Rack Grand Opening 
April 3
(click here) 
April 9
(click here)


Good Morning Riverside 
April 10
(click here) 



Walk to End Homelessness 
April 12
(click  here
 for more community events, seminars & meetings, go to the 
Community Calendar


Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook View our videos on YouTube

City of Riverside, CA
Office of Economic Development News
April 1, 2014
Nordstrom Rack at Riverside Plaza Opening April 3

Riverside Plaza will be welcoming a new tenant to the center on Thursday, April 3 with the grand opening of Nordstrom Rack. The Rack is the first store to anchor the newly-renovated former Harris-Gottschalks department store building. 


The new Riverside Plaza Nordstrom Rack will be the retailer's 146th Rack location and spans approximately 45,000 square feet employing 50 part and full time employees for stock, service and sales positions. 


Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom, Inc. offering on-trend, of-the-moment clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores and as well as items purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack. The Rack provides the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers. (Read more...) 

The Office of Economic Development provides businesses with several free online tools to help them find opportunities for investment and continued growth in their ventures. is a tool that provides comprehensive information to help new, expanding and relocating businesses find the optimal location for success in Riverside. (Read more...)
Business Spotlight:
 Amtrak Reservation Center 
(Image Credit:


The Amtrak Reservation Center in Riverside is one of Amtrak's two major reservation centers and has been in Riverside at the same location for over 20 years. The Center receives 600,000 calls per month and Amtrak earns 18% of its revenue from call centers. The Reservation Center employees 650 full and part time employees and hired 50 new employees in September 2013 and 50 in January 2014. The average tenure of employees at the Riverside Center is 20 years. 


Amtrak operates a nationwide rail network, serving more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces on more than 21,300 miles of routes, with approximately 20,000 employees. (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 

Looking for a past issue? Browse the newsletter archives.