RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — The Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s Cash for College Program today announced $23,000 in scholarship funding to 23 area college-bound students for participating in the 2016-17 Cash for College Financial Aid Completion Workshops. Each student received a $1,000 scholarships award, provided by several local corporations or company foundations.

“Along with our members, it gives us great pleasure to support the future leaders of the Inland Empire through college scholarships,” said Paul Granillo, IEEP President. “Having major donors like Cardenas, Gerdau, Wells Fargo and the Southern California Gas Company behind the IE’s Cash for College Program allows us to make a significant positive impact for years to come on the lives of our youth.”

Scholarship funding is supported by Cash For College Program donations by the Cardenas Foundation, Gerdau, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Wells Fargo and Loma Linda University.

The Cash for College Program helps students achieve their college aspirations through a three step process that informs, assists and rewards students and families throughout the region. This past financial aid season, 2,300 students participated in the Cash for College financial aid workshops and submitted their FAFSA applications. Since 2016, IEEP has helped more than 6,000 students and their families prepare for college and apply for financial aid.

In 2015, IEEP was designated by the California Student Aid Commission as the Inland Empire Regional Coordinating Organization (RCO) to provide Financial Aid Completion Workshops assistance to students and their families. During the workshops participants receive individualized assistance to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the California Dream Act application, and other financial aid forms.

The 23 winners represent 19 schools in 16 districts of the Inland Empire. Congratulations to the following Cash for College Scholarship schools:

Chaffey High School District: Chaffey Joint Unified; Kaiser High School District: Fontana Unified; Serrano High School District: Snowline Unified; Hillcrest High School District: Alvord Unified (Riverside); Yucca Valley High School District: Morongo Unified; Rancho Verde High School District: Val Verde Unified; Cathedral City High School District: Palm Springs Unified; Patriot High School District: Jurupa Unified; Rubidoux High School District: Jurupa Unified; Kennedy Middle College District: Corona-Norco Unified; Canyon Springs High School District: Moreno Valley Unified; Moreno Valley High School District: Moreno Valley Unified; Vista Del Lago High School District: Moreno Valley Unified; Amistad High School District: Desert Sands Unified; Educational Options Center – Riverside District: Riverside Unified; Twentynine Palms High School District: Morongo Unified; Beaumont High School District: Beaumont Unified; Bloomington High School District: Colton Joint Unified; and Sierra High School District: San Bernardino City Unified.

For more information about the IEEP Cash for College Program, please contact Cash for College Coordinator John Orta at 909-944-2201. Visit @ie_Cash4College.

Statement of Paul Granillo, President and CEO of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership on the passing of CSUSB President Emeritus Albert Karnig

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Members of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership,  I extend our deepest sympathies to Marilyn Karnig, the Karnig Family and CSUSB family over the loss of President Emeritus Albert Karnig.

President Karnig’s legacy lives in his family, CSUSB and the Inland Empire.

Al loved his family and shared that loved and pride with those around him. During his tenure at CSUSB he transformed and grew the campus,  always with the goal of insuring the campus would serve as a point of enlightenment and personal transformation for students from the Inland Empire and beyond. Al Karnig also became a great ambassador of the Inland Empire,  championing her students, their families and always working to better the greater community.

At a personal level, CSUSB is my Alma Mater (nourishing mother). I have had the great privilege to know Presidents Pfau, Evans, Karnig and Morales. I will always be indebted to Al for his personal support for me and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership.

Once again on behalf of our Chairman Marco Robles of the Cardenas Markets, the Board of Directors and members of IEEP, we extend our profound sympathies and prayers to Marilyn and the Karnig Family.

Paul C. Granillo

President and CEO

Inland Empire Economic Partnership

2017 IE Speaker Series Featuring the Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa – Event Recap

On Friday, April 28, 2017, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership hosted its first Inland Empire Speaker Series featuring 2018 California Gubernatorial Candidate Antonio Villaraigosa at Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga.

Over 150 guests turned out for the opportunity to hear the first of three candidates participating in the Speaker Series, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and the Southern California Newsgroup.

Villaraigosa shared his highly respected views and perspectives on California’s next gubernatorial race as well his outlook on the Inland Empire’s current state. The former Los Angeles mayor answered questions from moderator Paul Granillo, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s President and CEO.

Villaraigosa on Jobs: “Jobs are up here” in the Inland Empire, beating the state average, “but we still have work to do when San Bernardino is the ninth-poorest city in the nation.”

When asked why he is running for governor, Villaraigosa simply stated, “I want to be governor of this great state and do a great job!”

“When you think of the American dream, there’s only one state that has its own dream. And, that’s California,” he added. “My vision of a great state is a state where we’re growing together.”

“This Speaker Series’ and the candidates that have agreed to appear tell us something about the growth and the importance of the Inland Empire,” Granillo said. “We have gubernatorial candidates coming to the speaker series to talk about their vision for California but most importantly talk about what they see are the issues for the Inland Empire and what remedies they propose.”

Granillo states why IEEP’s Public Policy Committee invited these three prominent candidates running for the governor’s seat in 2018: “We want to make sure they hear from the residents of the Inland Empire, and that we have a chance to hear from them as well.”

“Coca-Cola is proud to be the lead sponsor of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership Speaker Series,” said Peter Villegas, Coca-Cola Vice President for the Office of Latin Affairs. “The IEEP has positioned themselves to be able to both advise and challenge the next Governor on issues that are important to the Inland Empire and California.”

The Speaker Series was also made possible through the support of Universal Technical Institute, UC Riverside School of Public Policy and the County of Riverside Economic Development Agency.

John Chiang, state treasurer, joins the Series on June 9. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will talk June 30.  For more information on the Speaker Series, visit or call 909-944-2201.


Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kicks off Speaker Series this Friday, April 28

 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — Three California gubernatorial candidates Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang and Gavin Newsom headline the 2017 Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) Speaker Series sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Southern California News Group.

The three-event series will kick off Friday, April 28 at Universal Technical Institute, 9494 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, with former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa. State Controller Chiang will join the Speaker Series on June 9. The Series will close with Lieutenant Governor Newsom on June 30.

“At IEEP, we’re committed to delivering new and meaningful opportunities for our members to grow and maintain their professional networks and knowledge both while improving the quality of life for the region,” said Paul Granillo, CEO and President of IEEP. “This fresh and sophisticated approach to interacting with distinguished leaders, one of whom is likely to be our next governor, is important more than ever for our region’s issues to be heard and a higher value be placed on our region’s contribution.”

The IEEP Speaker Series was created to provide an engaging forum for distinguished leaders to share their insights with the Inland Empire community on regional issues such as job creation, economic development, educational attainment, and upward mobility for disadvantaged populations.

Each speaker will host a 45-minute talk followed by a Q&A session. The sessions will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets per event cost $50 or $120 for all three sessions.

For more information, please contact IEEP at 909-944-2201. For ticket information, please visit



Award to be presented April 20 at the Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit in Pomona

POMONA, CA – Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), will be honored as the third annual recipient of the Peter Drucker Award for Excellence in Supply Chain & Logistics Management.

The honor will be presented at the 2017 Southern California Logistics and Supply Chain Summit on April 20 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona. The event will join experts and professionals in the field from six Southern California counties to discuss the issues that face one of the region’s signature industries.

“This year’s honoree embodies all of these principles and is a shining example of excellence in management within the logistics and supply chain industry,” says Professor Jenny Darroch, Henry Y. Hwang Dean of the Drucker School of Management. “Ikhrata values and strives for creating links between the public and private sectors for economic growth and improved quality of life.”

Ikhrata, who has served as executive director of SCAG since January 2008, implements the policies of an 86-member Regional Council and directs day-to-day operations of the agency. He is credited as a transformational and unifying leader who has enhanced SCAG’s value to member agencies and fostered unprecedented levels of public input and participation in the development of regional transportation plans.

Prior to joining SCAG in 1994, Ikhrata worked for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD); and abroad for the USSR government, Moscow Metro Corporation.

Ikhrata has received several awards and honors from various organizations and agencies including MOVE LA for Outstanding Leadership as Executive Director of SCAG in preparation of the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. He has also been recognized by the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG), Orange County Business Council, Orange County Division, League of California Cities, California Legislature 49th District Assembly Resolution by Hon. Mike Eng, City of Los Angeles, State of California Certificate of Recognition, Association of the San Bernardino County Special Districts, Four Corners Transportation Summit, City of Big Bear Lake and numerous others.

Ikhrata holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Zaporozhye University in the former Soviet Union; a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA and a PhD Candidacy in Urban Planning and Transportation from USC.

The Peter Drucker Award for Excellence in Supply Chain & Logistics Management honors Drucker’s “Spirit of Performance” in Management Excellence to a business leader who:

  1. Exhibits high levels of integrity in moral and ethical conduct;
  2. Focuses on results;
  3. Builds on strengths;
  4. Leads beyond borders to meet the requirements of stakeholders;
  5. Ultimately serves the common good.

Peter Drucker was an American management consultant, educator and author whose writings contributed to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business corporation. He was also a leader in the development of management education and invented the concept known as management by objectives. He has been described as “the founder of modern management.”

Drucker developed one of the country’s first executive MBA programs for working professionals in the 1970s at Claremont Graduate University. From 1971 until his death, he was the Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont. Claremont Graduate University’s management school was named the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management in his honor in 1987 (later renamed the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management). He established the Drucker Archives at Claremont Graduate University in 1999 which became the Drucker Institute in 2006. Drucker taught his last class in 2002 at age 92. He continued to act as a consultant to businesses and non-profit organizations well into his nineties.

Drucker was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush on July 9, 2002. For his article, “What Makes an Effective Executive,” Harvard Business Review honored Drucker in the June 2004 with his seventh McKinsey Award — the most awarded to one person. Drucker died Nov. 11, 2005 in Claremont, California of natural causes at age 95. However his philosophies on excellence in management live on.

UPS is the major sponsor of the 2017 Logistics & Supply Chain Summit, an annual event co-hosted by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

More information on the Summit, including tickets and sponsorship information, is available on the summit website, To purchase tickets, please click on the following link:


Summit to be held April 20 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona

POMONA, CA – The Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Amazon Regional Director of Operations Kelvin Downes will join this year’s lineup as the second Keynote Speaker at the Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit, taking place April 20 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona.

Downes will join more than 500 attendees and over 20 industry experts in providing information on the state of the logistics and supply chain industry, the economic engine of Southern California.

Downes is the Regional Director of Operations for Amazon who held senior operational leadership roles for 15 years, positions in the UK as well as the US, prior to joining Amazon. His experience ranges from electrical and utilities industries to the retail industry.

At the Summit, Downes will be sharing his passion of achieving two fundamental objectives: creating the highest level of customer satisfaction and enhancing people through development of technical or leadership skills.

Downes graduated from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK. In 2003, he relocated to the US where he lived in Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania prior to his current residence in Northern California. He and his wife became proud US Citizens in 2011 and enjoying raising their four, young children.

Amazon is a major participant of this year’s Logistics & Supply Chain Summit, an annual event co-hosted by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

Summit attendees will learn from logistics and supply chain industry leaders as they share their experiences in growing and managing a profitable business and discuss the issues that face one of the region’s signature industries.

There will be numerous presentations of interest to people in the industry, including points of supply chain congestion, workforce development, ecommerce impacts, and the efficient use of geographic mapping software.

More information, including registration and sponsorship information, is available on the summit website, To purchase tickets, please click on the following link:



2017 Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit, April 20 in Pomona

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – The Inland Empire Economic Partnership and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has announced one of the keynote speakers for its annual one-day conference, 2017 Southern California Logistics & Supply Chain Summit, taking place April 20 at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona. Summit attendees will learn from logistics and supply chain industry leaders as they share their experiences in growing and managing a profitable business and discuss the issues that face one of the region’s signature industries.

Kicking off the summit is an opening keynote by UPS Senior Chief Information Officer Juan Perez, who will be sharing on UPS’s evolution into advanced analytics and development of UPS’s Package Flow Technologies.

Perez is the Chief Information Officer for UPS and a member of the UPS Management Committee, which is responsible for the company’s long-range vision and strategy.

He was promoted to CIO in 2016, after serving as Vice President of Technology. Through different rotations in that role, he was responsible for technology systems supporting the company’s billing, financial, accounting, human resources, package operations, driver dispatch and operational planning, scanning, logistics, customer service, and sales.

Perez’s career has included numerous contributions that have led to greater efficiencies in operations, enhancements to customer service, and reductions in environmental impact. His career has covered assignments in Operations, Industrial Engineering, Process Management, and Technology in corporate, US, and international business units.

In 2013, he was recognized by Computerworld as a Premier 100 IT Leader. In 2015 Juan was also recognized as one of the top 100 Hispanic IT leaders by the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) and by the Atlanta Telecom Professionals (ATP) with the 2015 Leadership Award demonstrating UPS’s leadership in technology. He has also been named as a 2016 Top Latino Leader by the Council for Latino Workplace Equity.

Perez will join more than 500 attendees and over 20 industry experts in providing information on the state of the logistics and supply chain industry, the economic engine of Southern California. UPS is the major sponsor of this year’s Logistics & Supply Chain Summit, an annual event co-hosted by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.

There will be numerous presentations of interest to people in the industry, including points of supply chain congestion, workforce development, ecommerce impacts, and the efficient use of geographic mapping software. More topics and speakers will be added in the coming weeks.

More information, including registration and sponsorship information, is available on the summit website,


IEEP’s Chief Economist Dr. John Husing to present detailed economic analysis of the IE on March 23 at DoubleTree Ontario Airport 

 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA What does a Donald Trump presidency likely mean for the Inland Empire economy? The Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s (IEEP) Chief Economist Dr. John Husing and some of the region’s leading experts will reveal what challenges the region could expect under the Trump administration at the 2017 State of the Region Conference presented by Gerdau.

The gathering, considered the largest forum for economic issues in the Inland Empire, will be held Thursday, March 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Ontario Airport, 222 North Vineyard Avenue.

“We in the Inland Empire could well be severely affected by the new Trump administration,” said President and CEO of the IEEP Paul Granillo. “It is incredibly helpful to have John Husing’s analysis and insight every year to assist us through the new challenges.”

Husing’s address, “The Inland Empire Economy in the Trump Era,” will cover the future economic impacts of the Trump administration for the region. A detailed analysis that will assist Inland business and government leaders for the upcoming administration will also be discussed at the event.

Featured speakers include San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford, AQMD Board Member; Mike Christensen, Senior Executive Lead for Supply Chain Optimization at the Port of Long Beach; and Dr. Harris Koenig, President of San Antonio Regional Hospital.

Husing says Trump’s promises to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure projects could be very good for the Inland Empire’s construction sector if the funding actually pans out, and if California can get its share.

“His ideas on manufacturing could help the region though for firms importing goods used in the production processes, challenges will steepen,” Husing said. “Meanwhile, key sectors including logistics, health care and residential construction could face considerable difficulties if tariff policies, changes in the Affordable Care Act or higher interest rates are implemented.”

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. with a networking session.  Lunch will be served at 12 p.m.  The program commences at 12:30 and runs until 2 p.m. Reservations can be made by going to Registration is $150 per person, and $600 for a table of eight.


 RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) announced today the winners of its 2017 Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Award, which recognizes the Inland Empire’s outstanding public agencies that are proactively cutting through bureaucratic red tape and opening the door for business growth and success, and who work to eliminate barriers to economic growth and support job creation for the region.

The Awards were announced by IEEP Chairman of the Board Marco Robles and other members at a buzzing ceremony in the presence of various elected officials and public agencies at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport.

“It is tremendously exciting to see so many ideas, talent and creativity taking place in the region,” Robles said. “I hope that winning our Award and having their innovative programs and leaders recognized by the region’s leading businesses will help these public agencies grow and scale up their partnerships, contributing fresh ideas and vision to our region’s economy.”

The event was graciously sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase. Agencies were recognized in four categories, and two individuals were nominated for their public service efforts.

  • Public-Private Partnership: City of San Bernardino/Burrtec- San Bernardino Quality of Life Team
  • Sustainable and Green Development: San Bernardino Community College District and City of Redlands – Sustainable Water Futures
  • Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse: City of Corona – Corona Historic Civic Center Adaptive Reuse
  • Tales of Two Cities: Stories of Interagency Cooperation: City of Moreno Valley – Employment Resource Relaunch (ERC)
  • Leadership in Public Service: Mr. Greg Devereaux, CEO, San Bernardino County


 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.