Our Mission is to help businesses create jobs for our community.

What is Economic Development?

Economic Development is the collaborative effort of community, business and government to grow the local economic base through actions to support the creation and expansion of businesses, develop new markets for goods and services and attract top talent into the workforce.

Our Values

  • We take an ENTREPRENEURIAL approach to our jobs.
  • We are DRIVEN to pursue excellence.
  • We seek COLLABORATION with community partners.
  • We are PASSIONATE about our mission and community.
  • We are OPTIMISTIC that our work makes a difference.
  • We embrace TEAMWORK to accomplish our mission.
  • We have FUN while getting the job done.
  • We are ACCOUNTABLE to our community.
  • We CELEBRATE success!

Our Team

Deanna Lorson

Assistant City Manager
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  • (951) 826-5553
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Larry Vaupel

Economic Development Manager
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  • (951) 826-5403
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Stephanie Butkus

Marketing Manager
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  • (951) 826-2434
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Steve Hayes

City Planner/Business Liaison
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  • (951) 826-5218
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Sherry Shimshock

Business Liaison
Phone
  • (951) 826-2433
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Gregory Lee

Technology Ombudsman
Phone
  • (951) 826-5145
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Teresa Rosales

Seizing Our Destiny Coordinator
Phone
  • (951) 826-5367
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Kaitlin Bilhartz

Marketing/Social Media
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  • (951) 826-5608
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Moises Lopez

Senior Management Analyst
Phone
  • (951) 826-2419
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Veronica Lucas

Sr. Graphic Artist
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  • (951) 826-2105
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Rebecca Unitt

Communications & Technology
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  • (951) 826-5231
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Steve Jacobs

Marketing Assistant
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  • (951) 826-2395
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Jonathan Marks

Administrative Intern
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  • (951) 826-5498
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Jovie Camarce

Graphic Design Intern
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  • (951) 826-5963
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Paul Bush

Administrative Intern
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  • (951) 826-2311
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Awards & Recognitions

#1 U.S. City for Small Business

(May 2014)

#2 Hot Spot for Tech in the U.S.

(2013)

#6 Happiest Place in the Nation for Young Professionals

(2013)

Intelligent Community of the Year

(2012)

Playful City USA Award (4th year)

(2012)

Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year

(2011)

Smart21 Communities Award (4th year)

(2011)

3rd Top Performing City in the Nation

(2011)

Best Performing Metros, Summer 2011

(2011)