Santa and Moreno Valley Firefighters Spread Holiday Cheer to Kids at RUHS Medical Center
Who needs reindeer when Santa can use the City’s hook and ladder fire truck to deliver holiday cheer to the youngest patients at Riverside University Health System's Medical Center? 

The Moreno Valley Fire Department made its exciting delivery of Santa Claus to the Medical Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 23, 2017. The jolly firefighting elf delighted children and adults alike by scaling an engine ladder to deliver gifts from the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Local Firefighters were also on site to deliver gifts to ill or injured children who had to spend their holidays in the hospital instead of at home with their families.

“We are often at the Medical Center following an accident or a tragedy,” Moreno Valley Fire Chief Abdul Ahmad said. “It’s gratifying to come in the spirit of the holidays—to know we are brightening the day for children, employees, and guests.”

Monica Yerena, who helps coordinate Santa’s visit as part of her role as a child life specialist at the Medical Center, said there is always a lot of excitement in the pediatric unit when Santa makes his holiday visit. “Our kids just can’t stop smiling,” Yerena said.
Animal Shelter Hosts New Year's Pet Adoption Event
The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter will host a New Year's Pet Adoption Event to find pets a loving, permanent home. During this event community members can welcome a furry new addition to their families. The New Year's Pet Adoption Event will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout January from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Moreno Valley Animal Shelter is located at 14041 Elsworth Street (between Cactus and Alessandro). The cost of adoption is $50 for dogs/puppies, and $15 for cats/kittens. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccines and HomeAgain Microchip. Pets adopted that have not been altered will stay for surgery and be available to go home on the afternoon of the day surgery is scheduled.

New Years Pet Adoption Dates:
Wednesdays - January 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31
Thursdays - January 4, 11, 18, & 25

To learn more about Moreno Valley Animal Shelter's pet adoption events visit
Stay Safe and Warm this Winter
The City of Moreno Valley reminds residents to stay warm and safe during the cold winter months. There are many things you can do to keep you and your family healthy and safe this season.
Follow these tips to stay safe and warm:
  • Drink warm fluids like hot cider or soup
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Wear several thin layers of clothing
  • Move family pets indoors out of the elements
  • Know the location of nearest Warming Center
  • Have your home heating system inspected
  • Keep your home warm by using a heater
  • Never bring heating devices into the home that are intended for outdoor use (including charcoal)

During cold weather you may be at risk if you have certain medical conditions, take medication for high blood pressure, have a mental health condition, or have been using drugs or alcohol.

The City has two designated Warm Centers that serve as drop-in sites for vulnerable individuals, seniors, the disabled, and others in need of temporary relief from the cold.

Warming Center Locations in Moreno Valley
Moreno Valley Library
25480 Alessandro Blvd. Moreno Valley
(Alessandro Blvd. & Kitching St.)
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Moreno Valley Senior Center
25075 Fir Ave. Moreno Valley
(Fir Ave. & Perris Blvd.)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Grow Your Small Business with California Competes Tax Credit and Webinar
The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate or stay and grow in California.
About the Credit:
  • 25% Reserved for Small Businesses
  • Available for all industries
  • Online Application
  • No Fee to apply
Who Can Apply?
Any business can apply for Cal Competes, and there are no geographic or sector-specific restrictions that impact eligibility. In addition, twenty-five percent of the total credits available each fiscal year are specifically reserved for small businesses.
Mark Your Calendars!
The next application period ends on  January 22, 2018 . Go to   to apply.
Prior to each application period, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) offers online webinars on the CCTC program. Each webinar is 45-minutes long, followed by a Q&A session. Each presentation includes:
  • Overview of the program
  • Program goals and evaluation criteria
  • Step-by-step instructions through the application process
Webinar Schedule:
  • January 3, 2018, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
  • January 12, 2018, 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
  • January 16, 2018, 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
All businesses are encouraged to participate! Learn more and register for an upcoming webinar  here !

Want to apply? Contact the Moreno Valley Economic Development Department to discuss next steps at  or call  951.413.3460 .
Moreno Valley's Businesses and Economic Development Programs
The City of Moreno Valley’s Economic Development Department is committed to improving the quality of life for Moreno Valley residents by focusing on creating jobs, attracting new businesses and development, building strategic partnerships, strengthening the workforce, and encouraging expansion of existing businesses through various Economic Development programs and tools. The following are some of the Economic Development highlights in 2017. 
The City of Moreno Valley welcomed these New Businesses in 2017:
  • Authentic Cutz Barbershop
  • Berumen Dance Studio
  • Botanica Guadalupe
  • Café Rio Restaurant
  • Cajun Wild Restaurant
  • Culichitown Restaurant
  • Cupcake & Espresso Bar (2nd location)
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
  • Farm Market
  • Fern’z Barbershop
  • Floor & Décor (distribution facility)
  • Hibbett Sporting Goods
  • IHOP restaurant (2nd location)
  • Jerome’s Furniture
  • Karma Automotive
  • Miniso
  • Organic Nail Bar
  • Paris House of Crepes
  • Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen
  • Pieology
  • Red Carpet Hair Studio
  • Saigon Bistro
  • Somay-Q Floor Coating
  • Uncle Em’s Southern Smokehouse
  • Wiseway Trucking

The following Moreno Valley businesses were recognized with a Business Spotlight in 2017:
  • Be Happy Nutrition Cafe & Club
  • Big Guys Pizza & Pasta 
  • Café Gossip
  • Carlos' Barber Shop
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Farm Market
  • Fruity Tart Natural Frozen Yogurt
  • Joe’s Italian Restaurant
  • March Frame Shop
  • Margarita’s Grill
  • Paris House of Crepes
  • Realis Gymnastics
  • Red Maple Pizza
  • Salvation Army
  • Shrimp Factory
  • Sonora Grill
  • Taqueria La Faena

  The following New Business Construction took place in 2017:
  • Alere’s 1,109,378 sq. ft. Kearny Modular Logistics facility
  • First Industrial 1,388,210 sq. ft., First Nandina facility, IDS 739,903 sq. ft. facility
  • The Quarter project – a new commercial center anchored by Holiday Inn Express and Residence Inn
  • Prologis’ 601,810 sq. ft. facility at Brodiaea & Graham
  • Sares Regis 436,350 sq. ft. Indian Street Commerce Center
  • Sit N Sleep facility at TownGate & SR60
The City of Moreno Valley acquired, expanded or helped relocate the following businesses in 2017:
  • Cardinal Glass facility of 49,700 sq. ft. to double their production capacity. Cardinal Glass manufactures tempered glass for numerous residential window manufacturers.
  • Fitness 19 expansion
  • In N Out Burger parking lot expansion
  • Serta Simmons moved to their new manufacturing facility – more than double the size of the previous Moreno Valley building! Economic Development worked with Serta Simmons Mattress to relocate them within the city, retaining over 275 jobs as well as City tax dollars.  
  •  Solaris Paper, Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of premium quality kitchen, bath, and facial tissue, announced they will relocate their corporate headquarters and facility to Moreno Valley. 
The City of Moreno Valley received the following Awards for Economic Development in 2017:
  • The Moreno Valley Employee Resource Center took first place at the Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s “Red Tape to Red Carpet” awards.
  • The International Economic Development Council awarded Moreno Valley’s business website – the Gold Award for Excellence in Economic Development!
The City also partnered with California Baptist University to bring higher education to Moreno Valley in 2017. The City Council approved collaboration between the City of Moreno Valley and California Baptist University (CBU). This partnership established an Education Center at the Employment Resource Center. CBU expanded its educational offerings and provides space for CBU students to access university resources, take hybrid classes, study, and meet with university teachers and staff. California Baptist University (CBU) opened its Education Center at the Employment Resource Center.
Curious About New Businesses Coming to Moreno Valley?
Be the first to know! Check out the monthly update of the Economic Development Summary to learn more about Moreno Valley’s business location advantages on the dedicated Economic Development website:

Accelerating Opportunities for Jobseekers!
Employee Resource Center Quick Stats (2017):
  • Total People Served: 10,799
  • Number of Moreno Valley Residents Served: 8,534
  • Number of Workshops and Trainings Held: 30 (in partnership with Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, SCORE, and the Small Business Administration)
  • Number of Hiring Recruitment/Events: 71

In the market for a new job? Join the Hire MoVal Job Seekers' List today!
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