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SmartRiverside is a nonprofit coalition of partners whose vision is to establish the City of Riverside as an internationally recognized center for innovation.

Our Mission:

Implement the vision of technology for the future by developing measurable, high technology programs and initiatives that benefit Riverside businesses, schools, governments, and residents through self-sustaining revenue sources. Provide active involvement and oversight of these technology programs and initiatives and seek international recognition.

Goals of SmartRiverside

Riverside, California, is a high technology community with a technology park, many high technology companies, and higher education community with four college campuses. The Mayor of the City of Riverside formed SmartRiverside to grow as a technology community with the following goals:

  • Attract and retain High Technology companies in the City of Riverside
  • Increase the technology literacy of Riverside through Digital Inclusion
  • Identify new programs to foster technology innovation and use in Riverside

Message from the Chairman

2008-baileyThe City of Riverside is evolving as a high technology community with over 40,000 college students leading the future of our community technology vision and direction for the future. As the chairman of SmartRiverside, my goal is to continue to attract and develop high technology companies to our Technology Park and utilize the talents of the high skilled labor in our community to foster a SmartRiverside.

Rusty Bailey, Chairman of SmartRiverside & Mayor of the City of Riverside

Message from the Executive Director

about-leadeesingSmartRiverside is a Riverside, CA nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. SmartRiverside is highly focused on retaining local high tech graduates and bringing high tech companies to Riverside. Its Digital Inclusion Center is among the most outstanding and highly recognized centers in the United States. It’s a diverse non-profit organization with dozens of community relationships and strong ties with the United Way. It is managed by a computer services company, hires and trains at-risk youth for staff operations, is a California certified e-waste collector and operates several successful community programs including a charity golf tournament, a technology smartstore and an e-bay sales center.

SmartRiverside has already helped more than 6,500 families get free technology training, PCs and internet access and plans to help 5,000 more over the next 3 years. Low income families willing to spend 8 hours in no-charge certified classroom training receive free refurbished computers loaded with Microsoft Office software, a wireless broadband access device, free support (including PC replacement) and free internet access, as long as they reside in Riverside and earn $45,000 or less in family income.

Lea Deesing, Executive Director for SmartRiverside & Chief Information Officer for the City of Riverside


City of Riverside Awards highlighting the SmartRiverside Digital Inclusion Center:

  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a NY Think Tank, 2012 Worldwide Intelligent Community of the Year
  • Microsoft Sponsored ICF Worldwide Digital Inclusion Center of Excellence
  • Five time Center for Digital Government (Digital Cites Survey) award for best practices and innovation using technology
  • Four time ICF Smart 21 Intelligent Community
  • 2012 Helen Putnam award for SmartRiverside efforts in bridging the digital divide
  • 2011/2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate award for digital inclusion
  • 2010 Association of California School Administrators Partners in Educational Excellence Award for the SmartRiverside/Riverside Unified School District partnership in educating low income families