New Member Announcement
Happy April from the EDC. We are so excited to introduce our newest member, Rancho Water, to our organization.
We kept the momentum going after our Mayor’s Tech Idea Exchange last month and started April with a great discussion at our monthly TechSouthwest meeting about how we can be a tool for growing tech in the region. If you are interested in being a part of the catalyst for tech in Southwest Riverside County, join us for our next meeting on June 6th at 3:30 by signing up here: https://www.edcswca.com/techsouthwest.html.
Riverside County's Innovation Month
The month of April was Innovation Month for Riverside County. We attended our local and regional Quick Pitch Events.
May Board Meeting
This is a reminder to all members that our next board meeting will be on May 11th at MSJC’s Temecula Campus. Please look out for our email about parking passes. Tim Dignan from the Temecula Valley School District will be our guest speaker. We look forward to seeing you all there! If you would like to bring a guest, please have them sign up here in advance: https://www.edcswca.com/be-a-guest.html
Engineering Design and Development Panel Presentation
Throughout the month, our Executive Director, Connie Stopher CEcD, got to be a panelist for the 2023 Engineering Design and Development Panel Presentation at Vista Murrieta High School. Connie shared her thoughts after a second year as a panelist, “The caliber of work that the students are producing is outstanding. This type of program helps students launch their careers in STEM fields, and we are lucky to have this in our region. Thank you to the teachers, Mrs. Blaske and Mr. Larkins, for their dedication to this program!”
The winning design team will be awarded $1,000. If there are employers who would like to either contribute to this award or serve as a panelist next year, please reach out directly to Mrs. Blaske: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are wrapping the month up from Washington, DC, for SelectUSA. We are again participating as a member of the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO BIZ) Delegation. SelectUSA is a U.S. government program led by the U.S. Department of Commerce that focuses on facilitating job-creating business investment in the United States and raising awareness of the critical role that economic development plays in the U.S. economy.
At the 2022 SelectUSA conference, we met our latest business recruitment, Deploi. We are excited to get back and share the results of this year’s conference.
2023/2024 Invoices & Board of Directors Nominations
We would like to thank each of our members for your ongoing support. It is because of our members that we are able to serve the region.
Our 2023/2024 Invoices will go out in late May and Early June. There will be opportunities for annual sponsorships that you can choose from in addition to your membership so that you can prepare your budget accordingly. These enhanced sponsorship opportunities provide benefits year-round rather than at a singular event. Please let Connie know if you have any questions about sponsoring an event.
We are calling for nominations for our Board of Directors Election, which will take place at our June Board Meeting.
Connie will be announcing the open positions at the May Board Meeting.
If you are interested in running for a position or would like to nominate someone, email Connie at email@example.com.
Connie Stopher, CEcD
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Mayor's Tech Idea Exchange
This month we partnered with the City of Menifee to host the Mayor’s Tech Idea Exchange at the City of Menifee City Hall. The event consisted of great conversations, moderated by EDC Executive Director, Connie Stopher, about how we can advance tech in the region. We thank our panelists: Lori Raymond of Tourmaline Enterprises, David Pearson of UCR, and Albert Fernandez, an aspiring entrepreneur. We would also like to thank our panelists from the City of Menifee: Major Bill Zimmerman, Councilwoman Lesa Sobek, and City Manager Armando G. Villa.
Last, but certainly not least, we would like to highlight Brookfield Properties for sponsoring our event. The event was an excellent launchpad for continuing to grow tech in our region.
For those interested in tech in our region, please join us on April 4th for our monthly Tech Southwest meeting. To sign up, please click here: https://www.edcswca.com/techsouthwest.html.
International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment
Our Executive Director, Connie Stopher, had the honor of attending and speaking at the China (Inner Mongolia)-US (California) Import and Export Commodities (Online) Purchasing Fair. This was a huge opportunity to represent the region; over 650 representatives worldwide were in attendance.
As a result, Connie and the EDC were featured in two Chinese news publications. Those articles are available here and here. You should see a pop-up offering to translate the article.
State Water Inspection Tour
We attended the Water Inspection Tour in Northern California last week. We want to thank EMWD, Metropolitan Water District, and LA Water District for organizing this event and allowing us to participate in the tour.
Economic Development in the Region
This past week while Connie was attending the Site Selectors Guild Annulal Conference, our marketing specialist Leah represented the EDC at the Kaiser Permanente Bean Signing and the KTM Grand Opening. This is such an exciting time for economic development in our region.
Thank you, Kaiser Permanente, for having us a part of your beam signing for the Wildomar Kaiser Permanent Expansion. We look forward to seeing the project come to fruition in the coming year.
We also want to thank KTM for having us at their grand opening celebration for their new North American Headquarters located in French Valley. This $53 million campus is the largest investment in Pierre Mobility's history, and we are so lucky to have it located right here in our region.
Congratulations to both Kaiser Permanente and KTM on their great success, and thank you for choosing to locate your business in our region.
Site Selectors Guild
We are wrapping up the month at Site Selectors Guild in San Antonio, Texas. Connie is part of a team of Californian economic developers at the conference. Site Selectors Guild aims to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and help Guild members, economic developers, and investment promotion professionals with their business recruitment efforts. Connie is looking forward to reporting on what she's learned and industry trends.
April Board Meeting
Join us next Thursday for our April Board meeting. Members, if you would like to bring a guest, please have them sign up here: https://www.edcswca.com/be-a-guest.html
April is Innovation month for Riverside County’s Office of Economic Development. This is an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs and innovators to showcase their work. Innovation month is the largest collaboration of incubators and maker spaces. They will host the Southwest Riverside County Regional Fast Pitch on April 12th. To sign up and learn more about Innovation Month, click here: https://www.rivcoinnovation.org/innovation-month
I- 15 French Valley Parkway Phase II Ground Breaking Ceremony
On Valentine’s Day, we celebrated the groundbreaking of the I-15 French Valley Parkway Improvement Project (Phase 2). The project will be the largest in Temecula’s history, costing around $139 million. The two-year-long project will help relieve traffic congestion and promote better road safety in our region.
City of Menifee Brokers Luncheon
On February 16th, we attended The City of Menifee’s annual Broker’s Luncheon, where they recognized the city’s top broker of the year.
Mayor's Tech Idea Exchange
Next week we are partnering with the City of Menifee to host the Mayor’s Tech Idea Exchange at the City of Menifee City Hall. This event is for anyone who wants to learn more about the resources available to start and grow their tech business, share what is needed in the region to support tech businesses, and network with tech/community leaders. Our speakers will include David Pearson, the Managing Director of Entrepreneurial Programs and UCR Life Sciences Incubator; Lori Raymond, President of Tourmaline Enterprises and Albert Fernandez, Ag-Tech Entrepreneur and member of the TECHSouthwest committee. To register for this event, click this link www.edcswca.com/event. We look forward to seeing you all there.
GO-BIZ California Competes Tax Credit Webinars
The next California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) application period starts Monday, March 6, 2023. GO-BIZ is hosting two webinars for businesses Interested in applying for at least $99.7 Million in Tax Credits. The webinar will provide an overview of the program, evaluation criteria, and step-by-step instructions through the application process.
March 8th @9:30 am: California Competes TAX Credit Webinar
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LtDv9YjBQ9SAMxj_lB57AQ
March 16th @3:00 pm: California Competes TAX Credit Webinar
To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z1mA6PDQSB6Bx299gRCy5w
Site Selectors Guild
At the end of March, Connie will attend Site Selectors Guild in San Antonio, TX, from March 29-31. The conference aims to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and help Guild members, economic developers, and investment promotion professionals’ networks.
Upcoming Fiscal Year Budgeting
We know many of you are working on budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. While we do not send out invoices until after July 1st, we are happy to answer questions about membership fees and benefits. When we send out invoices this year, we will include the option to pre-register for sponsorship opportunities rather than have those spread throughout the year. Hopefully, this will help you as you build out your budgets. If you’d like to learn more about those opportunities currently, please email Connie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through your generous support, we can keep making our region the best place to live and do business on the west coast!
March Board Meeting
This Thursday, March 2nd, will be our next board meeting. We will be having Shaun Bowen from Brookfield Properties presenting. Reminder members we encourage you all to bring a guest!
Connie Stopher, CEcD
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As January ends, we have some exciting news to share and plans to look forward to.
To start, we want to congratulate our new board officers.
We also want to thank Donald Hitzeman from Reid & Heyler for serving as Immediate Past President.
Welcome our new Marketing Specialist,