Chairman Benoit Praises Decision to Bring High-Tech Workforce to Riverside
Supervisor John J. Benoit offers the following statement on the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) selection Thursday of the University of California, Riverside campus for construction of a new air emissions testing facility and the new home of the agency:
“We are very proud to have won the incredible honor to develop the world’s premiere air quality research facility in Riverside with our world-renowned research university. This is a momentous day for our region that will have a positive impact for generations.
“Today’s decision represents a tremendous $370 million investment, with 400 high-tech jobs coming to Riverside, that will strengthen our region’s economy and enhance our reputation as the home of advanced air quality research.
“My colleagues and I express gratitude to all those that worked with our Economic Development Agency on this successful proposal. First and foremost, we owe many thanks to Senator Richard Roth! His diligent attention and personal participation in the process from start to finish made today’s great news possible.
“Others who provided critically importance assistance include: UCR, the City of Riverside, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, former Mayor of Riverside Ron Loveridge, UCR Chancellor Kim Wilcox, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and UCR College of Engineering’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology director Matt Barth.
“Finally, I thank the CARB board for their strong vote of confidence in the long-term advantages in locating in Riverside, California.”