Our Executive Director, Connie Stopher CEcD, gave a TedX Talk on September 30th. Her TedTalk is now live on YouTube. If you’re looking for some inspiration on how to improve your happiness, this is worth a listen.
November Board Meeting
We kicked off the month with a collaborative working board meeting, we worked together to develop our strategic plan further. A huge focus at the EDC is getting our organization accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). We will continue that work in future meetings. Thank you to everyone who participated!
2nd Annual FAM Tour
We hosted our Second Annual FAM Tour. Thank you to all our community partners who made this event so special. We hosted two of the country’s top site selectors and took them on a bus tour through our entire region. Thank you to our event sponsors, Toll Road of Orange County, Pechanga Development Corporation, and SoCal Gas.
Taiwan Trade Mission
November has been such an exciting time for the EDC. Our Executive Director, Connie Stopher CEcD, had the honor of being invited to Taiwan to meet with Taiwanese businesses interested in entering the US market. Connie had a great trip meeting with several businesses.
"I had the great opportunity to meet with businesses in a variety of sectors. Each of the businesses are interested in entering the U.S. market and California is very attractive to them. One of the most valuable outcomes of the visit though was the development of relationships with some of Taiwan’s top incubators and accelerators and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
Each expressed interest in forming partnerships to continue to introduce their companies directly to us as well as provide opportunities for our local businesses that need assistance with entering the Asian market.
This type of partnership will hopefully develop a new business pipeline that will extend far beyond the this visit. Thank you to our members and partners who make the work of the EDC possible!!”
- Connie Stopher CEcD, EDC Executive Director
San Marcos Inaugural Innovation Event
While Connie was in Taiwan, our marketing specialist Leah attended the Cal State San Marcos Inaugural Innovation Showcase on November 16th. The Showcase featured a variety of faculty & fellows' creative start-ups, from nursing to social enterprises. The showcase was a great opportunity to get a glimpse into what is around the corner in innovation at Cal State San Marcos.
Our next board meeting will occur on December 7th from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the Temecula Valley Entrepreneur Exchange. Our guest speaker will be Jennifer Contreras from the Ontario International Airport.
The next TechSouthwest meeting will take place December 12th at 3:30. In this meeting we will strategize our upcoming industry-focused Idea Exchange. We look forward to seeing you there; if you haven’t signed up already, click here.
Transitional Employment Program
Riverside County’s Workforce Development’s Newsletter is out now. Where you can learn more about the Transitional Employment Program, they are looking for employers to help further develop the workforce. The Foundation for California Community College (FCCC) will provide 100% subsidized job assistance. To learn more, click here.