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Riverside County Office of Economic Development

The Riverside County Office of Economic Development (RivCoED) department has been established to provide the highest level of service to our customers, businesses, patrons and residents. RivCoED is committed to foster economic vitality, to preserve and enhance neighborhoods, to improve the quality of life and to promote learning for all residents of Riverside County. Through a wide range of economic development programs, the department is dedicated to creating a system for responsible economic growth in the unincorporated regions as well as with city partners. RivCoED is the distinctive combination of knowledge and method to successfully deliver these public services to Riverside County businesses and residents.

The Office of Economic Development has several units that aggressively promote Riverside County and its business development opportunities, including Economic Development, International Business Office, Libraries and Special Districts. The overarching goal of the department is to facilitate regional economic development efforts that promote job growth, investment, entrepreneurship, and innovation; the office also creates a business-friendly climate that supports the efforts of the private sector.


The Riverside County Office of Economic Development is dedicated to cultivating thriving communities and economic vitality, elevating quality of life, and promoting a culture of life-long learning across Riverside County. It is composed of essential divisions, including Economic Development, Libraries, and Special Districts. Together, these units collaborate to foster a business-friendly and a culturally vibrant atmosphere that empowers private sector investment and propels regional economic growth, entrepreneurship, innovation and a diverse range of arts and cultural initiatives. The department is wholly committed to fostering a thriving well-being economy.



Economic Development

The Economic Development division is here to offer support as you look to grow or expand your business in the County of Riverside. We partner with over 75 economic development partners to foster growth and build assets in communities across the County. Riverside County is the perfect place for your business and investment. There are many reasons to locate or expand a business in Riverside County.

Lake Shore Plaza

Community Facilities Districts

Community Facilities Districts (CFDs), more commonly known as Mello-Roos, are special districts established by local governments as a means of obtaining additional public funding. The Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 (named after it authors, former State Senator Henry Mello and former Assemblyman Mike Roos) is a flexible tool to help finance needed maintenance and services through the levy of voter approved special taxes.

Bella Vista

County Service Areas

The Community & Cultural Services Division oversees the operation of 60 County Service Areas (CSAs), including 21 CSAs with community advisory boards appointed by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. Each CSA is authorized to provide services based on the needs of each community. The CSA collects special taxes and assessments to provide services to specific areas of the County. CSA jurisdiction covers the entire unincorporated Riverside County and provides municipal services.

Galleron Park

Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens

The Edward-Dean Museum was founded in 1958 in Cherry Valley by Edward Eberle and Dean Stout to showcase their collection of 16th to 19th century Asian and European furnishings and decorating arts. In 1964 ownership and operational responsibility was transferred over to the County of Riverside. In 1999, the Riverside Economic Development Agency assumed the primary role for the administration and operations of the Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens. With 16 acres of stunning beauty and tranquility nestled in picturesque Cherry Valley, the Edward-Dean Museum is the ideal location.

Edward-Dean Museum garden with a statue and gazebo

Perris Valley Cemetery District

An enabling act creating public cemeteries was adopted in 1909. The purpose of the act was to assure that California cemeteries would be cared for in a dignified and respectful manner. Today, over 256 communities are served by public cemetery districts throughout California, including the ten districts within the County of Riverside. The Perris Valley Cemetery District was created in 1927. In January of 2002 the Riverside County Board of Supervisors became trustees. With the Board of Supervisors as trustees the district became a dependent special district.

Flowers laying on a headstone

Riverside County Library System

Riverside County Library System (RCLS) is a public library system with 35 locations, two Mobile Resource Vans, two museums and a Creation Station in Riverside County, California. RCLS serves a diverse population of 1.4 million residents in a very large geography covering 7,303 square miles. RCLS locations are the educational and cultural centers of their communities. Services including a collection of over 1.3 million books, materials and electronic resources, and educational and literacy, job and career development and life enrichment programs make Riverside County an even better place to live, work, raise families, and do business.

Inside of a library with shelves and books

Riverside County Demographic Highlights

2,439,234 Population
36.6 Median Age
81,928 Median Household Income
33,100 Per Capita Income