The City of Murrieta was given a “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” award for Business Retention and Expansion last week by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP). Murrieta was also a runner-up in the Responding to Globalization category.
Recognized for their “comprehensive approach to economic development” and for “creating a prosperous Murrieta Valley Region,.” Murrieta, under the Economic Development Program, has established a “business concierge” program and a Priority Projects Program that help to fast-track permit processing.
“We want business in Murrieta,” said Murrieta Mayor Alan Long at the event. “Murrieta is a business-friendly city and we are working hard every day to encourage, attract and grow business.”
The city was also recognized by the IEEP for its efforts in responding to globalization by “promoting an internationally competitive city and region.” Murrieta has developed an Economic Development Program to create a global perspective and presence for Murrieta as a community that welcomes foreign direct investment and promotes international business growth to spur job growth locally.
“This is a global economy now and we need to recognize the opportunities outside of our borders,” said Bruce Coleman, Murrieta’s Economic Development Director. “Murrieta encourages international investments in our local companies as well as exporting. It’s a way we can help our businesses to grow.”
The Thursday evening IEEP event at the Redlands Country Club was presented by Chase and co-hosted by the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG), the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG).
The IEEP is a private, non-profit regional economic development organization for the Inland Empire (which includes both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties). The mission of the IEEP is to help create the two-county region’s voice for business and quality of life.