As an important financial and professional center, Riverside offers the support of numerous legal, accounting, brokerage, architectural, engineering and technology firms as well as many banking institutions. It is also the county seat for the fastest growing county in California. Businesses also benefit from an exceptional freeway system, BNSF and UPSP rail access, high-speed fiberoptic telecommunications, city-owned electric and water utility, and a corporate jet and general aviation airport. Employment growth in the City of Riverside continues to outperform the rest of Inland Southern California.
Intelligent Community of the Year
Intelligent Community Forum (2012)
#3 Can-Do City
#6 Happiest Place in the Nation for Young Professionals
Forbes and Career Bliss 2013
Riverside has a strong workforce in the professional services sector to meet your businesses needs. The City's wealth of higher education institutions provide a steady supply of highly trained graduates ready to enter the labor force.
The professional and business services industry employment in Riverside County grew by 90.9%, adding 24,114 jobs between 1992 and 2012.
Riverside's three universities and community college provide superior education and training for the next generation of workers in the region.
The UC Riverside School of Business Administration (SoBA) is a nationally-ranked and internationally-recognized business school and is home to the largest undergraduate business program in the University of California system. UCR's A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management features MBA, Ph.D. Flex MBA, Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) and Master of Finance programs.
The Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University includes both undergraduate and graduate business management, finance, human resource management and marketing degree programs. The School of Business also houses two "Startup Garages" functioning as incubators for students with promising entrepreneurial ideas and business plans and an Innovation Lab where students are encouraged to experiment with ideas using several desktop 3D Makerbot Replicator printers to allow students to enter the world of desktop prototyping and manufacturing.
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Hear what others are saying about Riverside.
Best, Best & Krieger has been in Riverside for more than 125 years. I love it here because it’s a big city with a small town feel. It’s easy to join civic organizations, and I like the attitude of the people who live here. The housing and commercial real estate prices are low here compared to Orange and Los Angeles County, and because we have four colleges here in Riverside, you have access to a highly educated labor pool.
Riverside is a really good place to get to know people and connect with resources. The City has an active Chamber of Commerce, and it’s easy to find other businesses who may need your services. During the 2008 recession most cities stopped spending money, but Riverside didn’t. We spent a billion dollars on our infrastructure over five years and it shows. Riverside is one of those cities you just have to feel for yourself. You can’t just look at it; you have to feel it. Between the architecture, downtown and civic pride, it’s one of those places you just feel it once you’re here.
We had outgrown our facility as our business grew, we started to look for a larger building. We just were not finding anything in Ontario, so when we came out to Riverside to look at some facilities, Economic Development fantastic. They showed us this building and it was ready for us to build out to our specs which worked out perfect. I think the City of Riverside is friendly toward businesses. They have been very cooperative toward us with our parking situation, and we found them very helpful with any issues we’ve had.
Interim Economic Development Manager