SmartRiverside was awarded the Helen Putnam League Partners Award for Excellence in City-Business Relations by the League of California Cities on September 5, 2012 at the League of California Cities Annual Conference & Expo held in San Diego. The award recognizes SmartRiverside’s collaborative efforts to engage with the leadership of Riverside’s private, nonprofit and labor sectors to address issues in the community.
Established in 1982 by the League of California Cities, the California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program recognizes outstanding achievements by California’s 482 cities. These winning cities have made unique contributions to community residents and businesses, contributions which have resulted in lower costs or more effective delivery of services.
The purpose of the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program is to recognize and promote the outstanding efforts and innovative solutions by city governments to:
- Improve the quality of life in local communities.
- Implement efficiencies in service delivery and operations.
- Provide services responsive to the local community.
Through the innovations of SmartRiverside, the City is providing free internet service citywide, bridging the digital divide by providing low income families in Riverside with free PCs and free technology training, and attracting & retaining graduates and high tech businesses in record numbers. SmartRiverside has already provided 5,500 free PCs and plans on giving away 11,000 by 2015. Its members are collaborating on global business opportunities, incubating start-ups, commercializing ideas and inventions, and providing mentoring and funding to new businesses. Through their outstanding work, SmartRiverside has demonstrated its commitment to serving as a catalyst for innovation in our community and promoting the City of Riverside as a location of choice to live, work, and play.