To help stop identity theft and as a service to our residents, the City of Murrieta City Clerk Department is hosting a FREE Document On-Site Shredding Event. The event will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. or until the truck is filled to capacity. Residents may bring up to FIVE banker-sized boxes per trip, to the back parking lot of City Hall.
Items that may be included are paper documents such as legal, medical, financial, tax, bank, photos, and credit card statements (no need to remove staples or paper clips). Residents may also bring credit cards and CDs. No businesses please.
For more information on this event, please call (951) 461-6013.
In turn, innovation and entrepreneurship are the basis for growing small businesses. Since growing a business is never easy, it is important to locate your business in a community that welcomes entrepreneurs and can nurture start-up businesses in their formative years.
Murrieta is a community that focuses on encouraging the growth of start-up companies and small businesses as a key Economic Development strategy. Murrieta is a city of over 107,000 people, located in the center of Southern California – midway between San Diego and Los Angeles. It is an upscale community with a high median income, young family-oriented population, well regarded schools, a high quality of life, and a very safe environment. While close to the key metropolitan areas of Southern California, the cost of doing business is considerably lower than in the neighboring coastal counties.
Murrieta already has a strong entrepreneurial business base and works to promote the further growth of early stage businesses. The City government focuses on providing resources of help all types of businesses to grow. For example, the City of Murrieta created the Murrieta Innovation Center (Murrieta's business incubator) at its former City Hall, where companies pay $1 per year plus utilities to rent office space. (Visit www.murrieta.org) The Murrieta Innovation Center focuses on specific types of companies – health care/health sciences and national defense and security. A number of small start-up science and technology companies have located in the facility. The City is working to provide additional entrepreneurial resources to help companies both inside and outside of the Murrieta Innovation Center to grow their businesses.
The City of Murrieta encouraged the growth of In SoCal CONNECT, a non-profit organization which serves the Murrieta Valley, the University of California-Riverside and Corona. (Visit www.insocalconnect.org) This area is known as Inland Southern California's "Innovation Triangle". In SoCal CONNECT focuses on encouraging the growth of the area's burgeoning innovation economy. In SoCal CONNECT has located their regional office for Southwest Riverside County at the Murrieta Innovation Center. From their Murrieta base at the former Murrieta city hall, they conduct mentoring services for technology businesses through the newly established business Springboard program – helping science-based companies with marketing, financing and strategic business advice and guiding business from the process of innovation to commercialization. Three companies are currently enrolled in the Springboard program which is expected to grow during the next few years. The City also works with In SoCal CONNECT to host Thought Leadership events. In SoCal CONNECT has created the Riverside County Start-up Digest and works with the University of California-Riverside and Southwest Riverside County to promote technology transfer to help to create viable businesses from the scientific research underway at the University.
The City also works closely with TriTech Small Business Development Center, an SBA-funded business center in Murrieta, to assist companies to obtain advice regarding business planning and opportunities to raise capital. The City has also partnered with other organizations such as the Murrieta/Temecula Valley Software Developers group, Valley Innovators (a group of Murrieta Valley inventors), and the Riverside County Manufacturers and Exporters Association (Southwest Riverside County cluster) to encourage the growth of businesses.
The City has encouraged the growth of the Murrieta CoWorking Connection which is located in the community. The CoWorking Connection provides budget-friendly space for the entire Murrieta Valley business community. By locating at the CoWorking Connection, entrepreneurs who may otherwise need to work from their homes, have an opportunity to establish office space and work with other entrepreneurs in a professional environment without distractions. The Murrieta CoWorking Connection provides start-ups with a place to work by offering them open desk space, offices, conference rooms, fax capabilities, office supplies and a place to host events. CoWorking hosts a number of events annually to help businesses to grow in the community, including the recent "shark tank" like presentation by budding area entrepreneurs. Visit www.coworkingconnection.com. Bruce Coleman, Murrieta's Economic Development Director stated that "Murrieta CoWorking is a critical factor in the growth of Murrieta’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and actively works to help businesses to grow in the community."
Novohit, an international business software company based in Murrieta, is proposing to establish a private software developer’s incubator at their Murrieta offices. The facility will be known as "The Hive" and is projected to open in late November. The Hive will focus on creating space specifically for software code writers and engineers, rather than for businesses in general. They will target their services to start-ups in an advanced stage of business or to fully established companies. According to Kimberly Davidson, Murrieta’s Business Development Director, “They have indicated that they are interested in helping Murrieta to become a tech hub and sharing their space at The Hive will be their contribution to this common goal.” The Hive will provide 24/7 access, assigned desks for exclusive use, conference room facilities, common creative areas, and a professional office environment for the IT community. (Visit www.cohive.ninja) The Murrieta Valley’s IT community is clearly on a growth path – with over 200 members in the Valley Software Developers organization already.
The City’s Economic Development Strategy envisions moving Murrieta from being primarily a bedroom suburb to San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles County to becoming a business hub for technology and other businesses. Murrieta is already home to a variety of technology companies in such fields as robotics, software, national defense, satellites, digital media, engineering, and bioscience and advanced manufacturing/exporting.
A key early focus of the City’s Economic Development Strategy is to encourage the growth of advanced health care. This has already led to major community successes. For example, Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta developed a new hospital in the middle of the Great Recession. Similarly, Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego expanded their pediatric services in Murrieta for our young families. Loma Linda University Health developed the first phase of the Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta campus in the North Murrieta Technology Corridor. Kaiser Permanente has announced its plans to develop a 40 acre, nearly 900,000 square foot phased health care campus in the North Murrieta Tech Corridor.
As called for in the City’s Economic Development Strategy, Murrieta is fast becoming the health care center for Southwest Riverside County.
In recognition of the opportunities afforded by Murrieta’s many business advantages, the City Council recently rezoned land along both I-15 and I-215 for the development of office and technology/business parks, so as to encourage the creation of jobs in a variety of fields at key locations of the community. The objective is to create a pro-business environment which - overtime – will further reduce the need for long distance commuting and, thereby, further improve the quality of life for our families. The City has also created a Business Friendly Strategy, which is a multi-faceted program to help businesses obtain permits, financing, sites, marketing and other Murrieta. The City works closely with the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce to encourage a partnership to grow all types of businesses in the community. The Murrieta Chamber is a key partner in growing Murrieta as a quality business-focused community. (Visit www.murrietachamber.org).
For additional information about Murrieta’s focus on business growth, please contact:
Bruce Coleman, Economic Development Director
City of Murrieta, California
951.461.6021 Direct Line
Kimberly Davidson, Business Development Manager
City of Murrieta, California
951.461.6003 Direct Line