Weekly Wire Roundup: C.W. Driver Companies’ $54.5M elementary school campus in Menifee, UCR’s $3.8M Grant for Student Parents, Pitch Competitions, and more

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Apr 9, 2023


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C.W. Driver Companies to Build State-of-the-Art Elementary School in Menifee

  • Menifee Union School District partners with C.W. Driver Companies to construct a $54.5M elementary school campus spanning 46 acres, set to open in July 2024 with an estimated student capacity of 600.
  • The school will feature 23 classrooms, a kindergarten and admin building, a library, and a multipurpose room designed in the horseshoe configuration model, with a state-of-the-art audio-visual system by DLR Group and student pick-up and drop-off areas.
  • C.W. Driver Companies, a multi-faceted builder headquartered in Pasadena, has a diverse portfolio of projects in various industries. The company is driven by its purpose-led and people-first approach, emphasizing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and communities.

UC Riverside Invests in Student-Parents with $3.8 Million Grant for Campus Childcare and Support Services

  • The grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s CCAMPIS program will provide campus-based childcare services and support for low-income student-parents at UC Riverside.
  • The collaborative effort between Early Childhood Services and the Women’s Resource Center will allocate funds to mental health support, parenting support, and student/parent advocacy programs.
  • The grant will help address student-parent challenges and increase the number of students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Creative Corps to Distribute $3.8M in Grants to Empower Artists in Inland Southern California

  • Creative Corps Inland SoCal distributes $3.8 million in grants to artists and organizations in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
  • The project aims to strengthen the creative workforce and spark social change on important issues the California Arts Council identifies.
  • Grants range from $25,000 to $150,000 and address societal issues like public health, conservation, social justice, and community engagement.

The 2023 Palm Springs Pitch Competition and SEED Lab Graduation

  • The 2023 Palm Springs Pitch Competition and SEED Lab Graduation is an event to showcase nine months of constant hard work done by mission-driven entrepreneurs.
  • The SEED Lab Pre-accelerator is its 5th cohort of entrepreneurs that ends with an exciting pitch contest.
  • The judges and the University of California Riverside will distribute the event awards.

Color the Spectrum Autism Art Festival: Celebrating Autism Awareness and Acceptance

  • The Color, the Spectrum Autism Art Festival, celebrated the artistic talents of individuals on the autism spectrum and promoted autism awareness and acceptance in the Inland Empire.
  • Attendees can enjoy various interactive activities, including an interactive mural while supporting entrepreneurs on the spectrum through a marketplace.
  • The event aims to promote inclusivity and diversity while showcasing the potential and capabilities of the autism community.

2023 Riverside County Innovation Month: A Guide

  • Riverside County Innovation Month is an annual celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity held in April every year in Riverside County.
  • The initiative is by the County of Riverside Office of Economic Development, the University of California, Riverside, the Riverside Community College District, many cities, educational institutions, private businesses, and related organizations to bring awareness to the many areas of innovation and entrepreneurship in the County.
  • A Few Primary Events of 2023 Innovation Month include:
    • 2023 Greater Corona Regional Fast Pitch Competition [4/4/2023]
    • Kick-off of the Inland Empire Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors [4/5/2023]
    • 2023 Coachella Valley Fast Pitch [4/6/2023]
    • 2023 Southwest Regional Quick Pitch Competition [4/12/2023]
    • 2023 Riverside City Fast Pitch Competition [4/21/2023]
    • 2023 Riverside County Innovation Month Fast Pitch Finale [4/27/2023]


  1. Forum: Warehouses in the Inland Empire – Wed Apr 12 [Hybrid – Online or In Person]
  2. Corona Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee Meeting – Wed Apr 12 [Graziano’s in Corona]
  3. 2023 Coachella Valley Business Conference & Economic Forecast – Thu. Apr 20 – 7:30 AM [Fantasy Springs Resort Casino]
  4. Riverside County Workforce Development Job Fair – Fri. Apr. 21 – 10 AM [1325 Spruce St. Riverside, CA]
  5. CBU Family Businesses Center Breakfast Series – Thu. May 11 – 7:30 AM [CBU Innovators Auditorium]
  6. Annual LEILA Awards by National Latina Business Women Association – Inland Empire – Fri, May 12 [DoubleTree Hotel / Ontario Convention Center]


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