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The Inland Empire has experienced major economic growth and development over the last five years.  UC Riverside Political Science student and KVCR news intern Ezequiel Ramirez spoke with economist Robert Kleinhenz and community organizer Esther Portillo about the changes underway in the IE.

The Brown administration is looking for impoverished communities in California - including here in the Inland Empire - to designate as "Opportunity Zones," under a program created by the new federal tax plan.  KVCR's Ken Vincent explains.

California comes in close to the middle of the pack in a new report that compares states in terms of their residents' overall prosperity.  KVCR's Isel Cuapio has more.

A Teamsters Union local in San Bernardino is partnering with local business in the area to get more customers for the businesses and discounts for the Teamsters.  More from KVCR's Lillian Vasquez.


After years of decline, the number of television shows produced in California is on the rise.  Lawmakers and Hollywood attribute the increase to a tax incentive for filming in-state.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford takes a look.

The San Bernardino Community College District's Economic Development and Corporate Training program is now available to help affect the lives of parolees in the Inland Empire by augmenting services provided by already-established agencies and programs.  KVCR's Jhoann Acosta-Idda spoke with participants who have benefited from such organizations.

Riverside County Supervisors Tuesday scheduled a September 13 public hearing to take testimony for and against the proposed Temecula Valley Wine Country Marketing District, which would require hoteliers to pay fees to promote the area.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has details.

German automaker Volkswagen is setting up shop in the Inland Empire.  The car company announced plans to build a $4.5 million training facility in Eastvale.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

After months of planning, the prestigious California Economic Summit opens today for two days in Ontario.  It's the first time the state's preeminent economic conference has been held in a location away from a big coastal city.  Hosting the summit here gives the Inland Empire a chance to show the state's top private and public sector leaders our region's importance to the state's economy.  KVCR's Ken Vincent interviewed Inland Empire Economic Partnership CEO Paul Granillo - one of the main organizers of this year's summit - about what the conference will focus on.

The sixth annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast Conference brought economists and business leaders together in Ontario Thursday.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem was there and says experts believe the Inland Empire is in a solid recovery.

Moreno Valley continues the process of soul-searching before making a final decision on the proposed World Logistics Center.  Public hearings have been taking place this week, with residents and developers voicing hopes and concerns for the huge logistics project that would transform the city's east side.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

Next week, Riverside County will host a "summit" meeting of community leaders and residents of  the San Gorgonio Pass to discuss the future of The Pass communities.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership will recognize the leaders of more than two dozen IE governments and agencies at this evening's annual "Turning Red Tape To Red Carpet" Awards.  The IEEP, the region's largest economic development organization, bestows the awards to cities, counties, and other jurisdictions who come up with innovative ways to enhance job growth and the local economy in spite of an often difficult regulatory environment.

Part 2 of our preview of the IE cities and other jurisdictions nominated for Inland Empire Economic Partnership "Turning Red Tape to Red Carpet" Awards honoring local programs and initiatives that help streamline economic development and job growth in spite of the burden of state and federal regulations.