The CEO Forum (High Tech CEOs from Riverside) collaborates closely with City, University, Community and other leaders in order to attract business, incent innovation, grow, and improve Riverside's reputation. In 2010 this group developed a strategy paper called The Technology Imperative. This paper identifies how the City can drive an innovative economy through various community and business programs. This work was the impetus for the City's new Strategic Plan "Seizing our Destiny". The Plan was a collaborative effort involving more than 1,000 community members and chaired by the Dean of UCR's Graduate School of Business. Plans are well underway. The City and SmartRiverside have updated their IT strategic plans with programs and initiatives recommended by the CEO Forum and in concert with "Seizing our Destiny".
The City is fostering entrepreneurship and innovation by targeting high tech and Riverside's more than 55,000 higher educuation students attending it's four colleges. Two electronic companies (Bourns and Surado), have made incubator space available in their facilities to help college students and start-up companies turn ideas into patents. Several new startup companies have already capitalized on this opportunity (TwoGeeksInALab.com, IER Solutions, HardHatBid.com, NDAP, and JAAL).
The newest startup, Avisio, provides mass production support for companies that lack distribution, marketing and worldwide sales resources needed for global success. Avisio's goal is to tap into the region's higher education talent, develop five partnerships per year, and play a significant role in Riverside's economic success.
The City has consolidated and reduced the number of its physical servers by more than 50% through virtualization and has implemented PC Power Management Software saving more than 250,000 kilowatt hours and 150 tons of CO2 per year. In 2009 the center helped recycle 203 tons of computer and electronic equipment and used the revenue from this program to help pay for the 200-300 free refurbished PCs given away every month by SmartRiverside.
The city has also adopted Web 2.0 technologies. Riverside has groups, channels, and feeds at YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. The YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/riversidecagov) boasts 69 videos and 25,600 views, Twitter has over 950 followers (http://www.twitter.com/riversidecagov), and the Facebook group has nearly 400 members.
The City's modern Emergency Operations Center serves as the disaster recovery site for the IT datacenter. It can withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. This site serves as a backup data center where essential computing services such as Riverside Public Utility's revenue generating commodity trading system can be mirrored for fail safe operation.