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Posted on: July 10, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Menifee’s Economic Development Team Receives Two Awards for Innovative Programming

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The City of Menifee’s award-winning Economic Development team continues to gain state and national recognition from industry leaders for their innovative programs that help spark business growth and prosperity in the community. At the recent California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) Annual Conference, the Economic Development Department received two Awards of Merit for the Menifee Workforce Development Center and the City’s Business Incentive Program. 

The Menifee Workforce Development Center, hosted in partnership with Riverside County Workforce Development, is available for free to qualifying residents and provides job candidates with several services including career coaching assistance, resume writing, job search assistance, skills development, specialized recruitment events, and workshops. The center also features a state-of-the-art computer lab staffed by Riverside County Workforce Development personnel. 

“Prior to the Menifee Workforce Development Center, there was no local branch of its kind in all of southwest Riverside County and residents would have to travel to outside cities to receive these services,” said Economic Development Director Gina Gonzalez. “Thinking outside the box and partnering with the County’s Workforce Development Department and developing a pilot program, the city utilized Community Development Block Grant funds to open a pilot local workforce development center at the Senior Center and Menifee Library providing vital workforce services directly on both ends of the city.” 

The City’s Business Incentive Program was also recognized by CALED for its success in helping to attract Savage Chef Bar and Grill to Menifee. The Business Incentive Program was approved by the Menifee City Council in 2014 and is aimed at assisting in the acquisition of the most sought amenities, restaurants, and entertainment requested by residents and visitors. The Economic Development Department used this resource to develop a limited sales tax reimbursement agreement with Chef Dylan Soro, approved by the Menifee City Council, to bring a high-end, upscale restaurant to Menifee. Since opening in 2022, Savage Chef Bar and Grill continues to be a regional favorite and culinary success. 

For more information about the City of Menifee Economic Development Department or to learn more about resources available to Menifee businesses, please visit or email

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