host of colleges and universities, including a campus in the prestigious University of California system, make Riverside County a great choice for businesses that want to tap into a vast knowledge infrastructure that produces thousands of highly-educated workers each year.
The University of California, Riverside, with campuses in Riverside and Palm Desert, is a leading research university and one of the fastest-growing UC campuses in the state. It recently received accreditation for a new Medical School, which is expected to have a catalytic effect not just on the growing UCR campus, but also on the city, the region and the economy.
"Both the medical school and the cadre of new physicians it produces will serve as a tremendous engine of economic activity in this area," Chancellor Timothy P. White wrote in a letter to university supporters following the accreditation.
The breadth and depth of educational institutions in Riverside County make the region an attractive place for high-tech businesses — from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies — that are looking for a place to work in close proximity to knowledge centers and high-end research labs.
The region also offers access to one of the most populous and well-heeled market areas of the United States, Southern California, without the accompanying high rents that characterize the coastal counties, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego. With a business-friendly environment, Riverside County offers a much better value than high-cost places in which to do business.
In addition to UCR, western Riverside County is home to private, faith-based institutions like California Baptist University and La Sierra University in Riverside, both of which have experienced significant growth in the past decade. The private University of Redlands, located just north of Riverside County, has a satellite School of Business in Riverside that serves executives who are continuing their education.
In the Coachella Valley, home to some of the nation's best-known golf courses and resort facilities, California State University, San Bernardino, operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert. In southwestern Riverside County, home to some of California's best wineries and large homes built around expansive vineyards, California State University, San Marcos, operates a campus in Temecula, Calif.
Riverside County's University partners make it the educated choice for business.