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Inland agencies up for trophies at Economic Partnership awards event

By in Press Enterprise on November 28, 2017

By Craig Shultz

Public agencies that have worked to eliminate barriers to economic growth and support job creation will be saluted this week.

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s fifth annual “Turning Red Tape to Red Carpet Awards” is set for Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Ontario.

Agencies will be recognized with awards in categories that include sustainability and green development, cooperation with other municipalities, business retention and expansion and responding to globalization and leadership in public service.

The partnership supports efforts to create jobs, leadership infrastructure and regional advocacy for Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

“This award honors these entities’ outstanding work of making the Inland Empire region a top priority,” Paul Granillo, president and CEO of Inland Empire Economic Partnership, said in a news release.

Among the nominees is the city of Rialto, which will win one award and is up for two more.

As the only nominee, the city will win the Public-Private Partnership award for the Rialto Wastewater Treatment Plant Biological Double-Efficiency Process Demonstration Project.

The city also is nominated for the Business Retention and Expansion award for the Rialto Marketplace expansion and Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse award for I-210 III Distribution Center Reuse.

A new categorythis year is the Smart City/County award recognizing municipalities that are closing the digital divide within their communities.

Among the nominees is the city of Beaumont, which was recognized for its Fiber to the Premise Telecommunications Network, implemented in 2004. Beaumont became one of the first communities in California to receive Verizon’s fiber-based cable television service and since then, more 9,000 homes have participated.

The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario.



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