Incentives Overview

Filter by industry and type using the menu on the left to explore the various incentives available to assist you business.


Business Liaison Service

At the heart of the Business First Philosophy is the dedicated Business Liaison. The City’s Office of Economic Development staff is part of a larger Business First Team of professionals ready to answer questions and provide guidance . Whether your business is relocating, expanding or developing a new project in the City of Riverside,… Read More


Fast-Track Permitting and Review

The Fast-Track Processing Team is composed of department heads or representatives with decision-making authority to “fast-track” the permitting process of specific, qualified commercial and industrial projects, waiving overtime charges for weekend inspections during the construction and/or tenant improvement installation process.… Read More


Riverside Public Utilities Economic Development Rate

Qualifying businesses can save up to 40% off their electric bill with discounted rates for relocating or expanding in Riverside! Your business qualifies for savings if you: Relocate your business to Riverside bringing 500 kW or more of monthly electric demand or expand your existing Riverside business by 20% of electric demand or more… Read More


Site Selection Assistance

Based on criteria provided by the business customer, we can compile a list of potential sites for consideration, advise on zoning code and provide feedback about the need for additional permitting measures such as a Conditional Use Permit, Parking Study or Variance that can help the customer compare sites knowledgeably and make the best… Read More


Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)

SBIR is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By reserving a specific percentage of federal R&D funds for small business, SBIR protects the small business and enables it to compete on the same level as larger… Read More


Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR)

STTR is an important small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Each year, five federal departments and agencies are required by STTR to reserve a portion of their R&D funds for award to small business/nonprofit research institution partnerships. Following submission… Read More