About

The Inland Empire is one of the fastest-growing population and economic centers in the country. Inland Economic Growth & Opportunity (IEGO), a regional cross-sector, bi-county collaborative, is a network of community based organizations, businesses, institutions and stakeholders, committed to growing middle-class jobs and pursuing inclusive economic development to improve the quality of life for all Riverside and San Bernardino County residents. IEGO’s work focuses on building industry clusters in Sustainable Logistics, Cybersecurity, Advanced Manufacturing and Green Technology. Our success draws from the spirit of collaboration and the shared values of equity, innovation and sustainability.

Private and public sector leaders from Riverside and San Bernardino counties have catalyzed an effort to forge a strategic agenda for advancing inclusive growth and opportunity that will benefit residents of both counties and put the region on the path to a more prosperous and secure future. This strategic agenda endeavors to lift thousands out of poverty and broaden local access to opportunity by investing in better pathways to good jobs, improving educational outcomes, inspiring the region’s brightest young people to stay and strengthening civic infrastructure necessary to address emerging opportunities.

IEGO Factsheet

Coordinating Council

Amazon
CA Fwd
CA Fwd Young Leaders Council
CA Workforce Development Board
California Baptist University
Cassandra Banks Foundation
Center for Sustainable Energy
Chaffey College
City of Chino
City of Moreno Valley
City of San Bernardino
Coachella Valley Economic Partnership
Converge One
Corona/Norco United Way
County of Riverside
County of San Bernardino Economic Development
CSU San Bernardino
Goodwill of Southern CA

Growing Inland Achievement
IBEW Local 47
Inland Empire Community Foundation
Inland Empire Economic Partnership
Inland Empire Health Plan
La Sierra University
Local Equity
Loma Linda University Health
Luminex Software
Microenterprise Collaborative
Mountain Desert Career Pathways
National Community Renaissance & Hope Through Housing Foundation Opportunity Riverside
Proficiency Capital, LLC
Raincross Group
Rialto Unified School District
Riverside Chamber
Riverside Community College District

Riverside Workforce Development Board
San Bernardino Community College District
San Bernardino County Transportation Authority
San Bernardino Trades Council
Sigma Beta Xi
Small Business Majority
SoCal Edison
Southern California Gas Co.
UC Riverside
Uplift San Bernardino
Voice Media Ventures
Western Riverside Council of Governments
WB Consulting / NAIOP
UCR Inland Center for Sustainable Development
Young Visionaries
Youth Action Project
Xtelligent
And growing!!!

Steering Committee

Co-Chair Karen Suarez

Uplift San Bernardino

Co-Chair Suzanne Holland

Riverside County Office of Economic Development

Ron Loveridge

UC Riverside

Ryan Niesen

San Bernardino County Office of Economic Development

Debra Mustain

Riverside Community College District

Bill Blankenship

NAIOP

Executive Director

Jackie Melendez

Jackie Melendez is a passionate and experienced Economic and Workforce Development professional who is committed to building regional partnerships to create dynamic and inclusive solutions to complex issues facing businesses and communities. Jackie worked in local government for 18 years and pulls from a diverse background in community building, strategic planning, human centered design and business and workforce Development.  

Jackie serves as the first Executive Director of Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity (IEGO), a regional collaborative focused on building inclusive economic development in the Inland Empire, a rapidly growing two-county region serving over 4.6 million people and covering over 27,000 square miles.

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Vision

An Inland Empire economy that provides family-sustaining jobs with upward opportunities, enables a high quality of life and supports shared prosperity for all residents and businesses.

Operating Values

Mission

IEGO strives to do economic development differently by

1

Developing asset-based, participatory strategies for generating quality jobs for those with and without college degrees in opportunity sectors that can close historic equity gaps.

2

Securing investments to advance the region’s existing and needed infrastructure to implement cluster-based development strategies.

3

Strengthening the civic capacity and alignment for bi-county and cross-sectoral collaboration to develop shared goals and carry out innovative solutions.

4

Amplifying the key messages of IEGO’s mission and values, partners and strategies through a range of communications tools.

5

Advocating for policies that reduce barriers for economic and racial equity and inclusion that fosters new investments and financial parity for the Inland Empire.

Our Goals

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