Yesterday I attended a program in Riverside where Joel Ayala, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, announced the expansion of the San Diego iHub to include cities along the 215 corridor including Temecual, Murrieta and Riverside. A number of local government officials attended the event along with area members from the business and educational communities. There was also a demonstration area, thankfully inside, of various technology undertakings along with the area companies.
The expansion area still has a lot of land for development and have established some beachheads for technology development. As example, the new Loma Linda Teaching Hospital, a 106 bed hospital that opened in April of this year. It was a joint development effort between the University Medical Center and community investors. This is the regions most recent hospital opening. University of California (UCR) has some great programs for life sciences and engineering and CalState San Marcos has opened their re-modeled Temecula location.
I am interested in seeing how this hub progresses. There certainly was a lot of energy at the event that even the 106 degree temperature couldn’t effect.