RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) is seeking nominations for its Fourth Annual Red Tape to Red Carpet Awards presented by J.P. Morgan Chase, which recognizes government entities in San Bernardino and Riverside counties that have developed innovative ways to make the area an easier place for businesses to grow and prosper.

“The event recognizes dedicated and committed public servants and government agencies in our area that have made it their mission to cut the bureaucratic red tape and  streamline efforts to put economic development and job growth into the forefront for our 4.4 million residents,” IEEP President & CEO Paul Granillo said.

Agencies are recognized in six categories: Business Retention and Expansion; Public-Private Partnership; Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse; Sustainable and Green Development; Response to Globalization; and Tale of Two Cities, which recognizes cooperation that crossed city, county and other governmental lines. There is also a category that will honor an individual who has demonstrated superior leadership in public service.

Last year’s winners were the City of Rialto for Public-Private Partnership; Riverside Public Utility for Sustainability and Green Development; City of Riverside Housing Authority for Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse; City of Moreno Valley received the “Tale of Two Cities” Award; and California State University, San Bernardino’s Director of Executive Affairs Pam Langford received the Leadership in Public Service Award.

Awards are judged by the following criteria: extent of the economic impact on its community, such as an increase in the overall tax base, the creation of new jobs, or criteria relevant to the goals of the program; achievement of its stated objective with measurable results; development of strong relationships with relevant players and widespread support in the community; innovation, originality, and cost effectiveness; and relevance and transferability of elements to other communities.

Category descriptions and nomination forms can be found on the IEEP website at Interested entities can also download the nomination form here. The deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.

“We are eager to hear about the efforts Inland Empire leaders have made to trim the bureaucratic barriers, and we look forward to honoring some of the people who make the Inland Empire a better place to work and live,” Granillo adds.

The winners of the 2017 Red Tape to Red Carpet Awards will be honored on Thursday, Feb. 23 at an awards dinner and ceremony to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport Center.

The event is made possible by the generous support of J.P. Morgan Chase. For event sponsorship and ticket information, contact Tyler Booth at (909) 944-2201 or email, Member price is $25; non-members $30. Tickets are on sale now at


RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) is pleased to announce its 2017 Honorees. These are individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in bettering the business climate and quality of life of the Inland Empire. By using their talents, expertise and influence, these honorees stand out among those who make the area a better place to live for the 4.4 million people of the region.

The 2017 winners are:

Non-Profit of the Year

Mary’s Mercy Center

Business of the Year


Education Partner of the Year

Loma Linda University

Chairman’s Award

Council Member Alan D. Wapner, City of Ontario

President’s Award

Supervisor Janice Rutherford, San Bernardino County

Public Partner of the Year

Supervisor Marion Ashley, Riverside County

The Larry Sharp Inland Empire Leader of the Year

Al Arguello, Bank of America


The winners will be recognized at IEEP’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, which will take place on Jan. 11, 2017 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario.

The IEEP Executive Board for 2017 will be comprised of: Chairman of the Board, Marco Robles of Cardenas Markets; First Vice Chairman Peter Villegas of The Coca-Cola Company; Second Vice Chairman Evelin Martinez of Wells Fargo Bank; Immediate Past Chair Brett Guge of California Steel Industries; Treasurer Eric Dowd of UPS; At-Large Member Mark Olson of Gerdau; and Secretary Paul Granillo of IEEP.

“The people we are honoring contribute every day in making the Inland Empire a better place to live and a better place for businesses to thrive,” said IEEP’s CEO and President Paul Granillo.

Ann Marie Allen to Head Region-Wide Effort to Increase College Degrees in the Two Counties

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — The governing board of Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) that is comprised of Chaffey College Superintendent/President Henry Shannon, Riverside Community College District Superintendent Michael Burke, Cal State San Bernardino President Tomas Morales, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Ken Young, Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Vice President Sheila Thornton, and Inland Empire Economic Partnership President Paul Granillo announced the hiring of Ann Marie Allen as the Senior Director.

Ms. Allen joins GIA from Chaffey College where she coordinated the 12 College Consortium U.S. Dept. of Labor TAACCCT grant responsible for innovations in workforce development including the new InTech Center in Fontana. She received her MA and BA from Cal State San Bernardino.

“Ann Marie will be the glue that holds our multisector effort together,” said IEEP President Paul Granillo. “This educational and economic partnership has the potential to reshape the region. We look forward to a partnership that will accelerate higher education and economic prosperity in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.”

“We look forward to working with Ms. Allen in helping more Inland Empire students succeed in college,” said UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. “UC Riverside is proud to be an active partner with Growing Inland Achievement. By bringing together public and private sector stakeholders from across the region, GIA is a national model for promoting college attainment and student success.”

GIA is the Inland Empire collective impact organization focused on improving the long-term economic outlook of the region through education. Through funding from the $5 million Governor’s Innovation Award in Higher Education secured by CSUSB on behalf of the region, the GIA will serve as the structure to maximize the collective impact of the pockets of innovations occurring in the region.

Growing Inland Achievement is being incubated by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and will be based at the IEEP offices in Rancho Cucamonga.


“Working Together for Inland Educational and Economic Success” – Growing Inland Achievement’s focus is to increase college attainment rates by 15% across the two counties within 5 years. In addition, the GIA wants to increase the number of students completing the baccalaureate degree within 6 years by 10% and increase college preparedness, particularly in math, resulting in a 20% reduction in the number of students requiring remediation at matriculation from high school to college within 5 years. By aligning educational policy and initiatives regionally, the GIA looks to provide seed money for projects that improve both college and career readiness through strengthened partnerships with industry to better align education with workforce development needs. To accomplish these goals, the GIA is committed to building a cross-sector collaborative that builds consensus among key stakeholders and motivates/incentivizes these stakeholders to work together differently and align resources towards our common outcomes.

IEEP Mourns Loss of Stater Bros. Markets Executive Chairman Jack H. Brown 

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) is saddened by the loss of Stater Bros. Markets Executive Chairman Jack H. Brown. Brown died Sunday at 78.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Jack Brown,” said IEEP President and CEO Paul Granillo. “Mr. Brown was a great businessman and cared deeply about the welfare of the Inland Empire, he never forgot that he was one of us, and we need to take great pride in his life and legacy.”

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, executive management team and employees, we mourn his loss and extend our deepest sympathies to his family,” he adds.

According to the Stater Bros. website, Brown, a 60-year supermarket veteran, led them to become the largest privately-owned supermarket chain in Southern California as well as largest private employer in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

IEEP Awards Student Scholarships for College

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA —The Inland Empire Economic Partnership, with support from the Cardenas Markets Scholarship Foundation, has presented $10,000 in scholarships to students in the Inland Empire who participated in our regional Cash for College workshops.

The Cash for College program targets first-generation college-goers and low-income students in areas with historically low college enrollment. The program provides assistance for those looking to access financial aid for education and career technical training beyond high school.  During the workshops students and parents receive hands-on assistance in filling out and completing the FAFSA or Dream Act application.  The goal is to increase the number of students who are eligible for need-based financial assistance, providing them with access to the financial resources to make college possible.

“We want our students to seize every possible resource to help them finance their academic futures,” said Paul Granillo, president & CEO of IEEP. “And while providing scholarship incentives is fulfilling, our real purpose is for our students to receive an equitable opportunity to complete college, or earn a career technical certificate, that provides them an opportunity to enter the middle class.  If they stay working in the Inland Empire, it is an added benefit to our regional economy.”

During our inaugural year as the regional coordinating organization for Cash for College, IEEP assisted more than 4,000 students, held over 120 workshops and seized more than $20 million in financial aid for students in the region.

In order to qualify for scholarships, students were required to attend financial aid workshop available throughout the region.

Cash for College is supported by the Cardenas Markets Foundation.