Rialto has been recognized as one of San Bernardino County’s leading cities in being job-friendly and helping drive business partnerships forward, earning the first-ever “Red Carpet to Red Tape Award.”
The award was presented to city officials Feb. 19 in [restrict userlevel= “subscriber”]Redlands at the inaugural event hosted by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership .
The awards honor Inland Empire cities and county agencies who are job friendly and designed as a way to say “Thank You” to businesses and recognize what they are doing, said Paul Granillo, spokesman for the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.
Rialto’s win was due to the success of the Rialto Water Public-Private partnership and the complexity of the project, Granillo said.
The city utilized an innovative financing model called a private-private concession, assembling stakeholders from business and labor to partner with the city in order to save the municipality’s finances and ensure the future of its water system.
“That specific category is full of potential,” Granillo said.
“When the public and private sector come together, it’s about creating a bigger project with maximum potential to change situations.”
“The (Rialto) project and its impact on the city was a good example of partnership created for the betterment of the community,” he added.
Also recognized at the Feb. 19 event was Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson. Robertson was nominated for her leadership in public service and driving regional collaboration such as the Agua Mansa Corridor Police Group, according to the event committee.
“Across the board, (Robertson) is the kind of mayor that we want to see in a region like ours,” Granillo said.
“She’s involved at the city and regional level and she’s a prominent figure doing good work for Rialto and the Inland Empire.”
Other Inland cities recognized included Ontario and Murrieta earning the Business Retention and Expansion award; Rancho Cucamonga awarded for Sustainable and Green Development; Yucaipa awarded for Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse.
The Riverside County Economic Development Agency’s County Office of Foreign Trade also earned recognition for “Responding to Globalization,” as the first county to have a foreign trade office.[/restrict]