Recognizing that it is the city’s responsibility to encourage the private sector to grow in Murrieta, the Murrieta City Council took action in February 2012 to approve the creation of the Murrieta Regional Technology Innovation Center at the former City Hall, located at 26442 Beckman Court, Murrieta. The 13,000-square-foot Murrieta Tech Center provides low-cost space to stimulate the growth of new startup high-technology companies in Murrieta and Southwest Riverside County.
“It is the city’s goal to create an environment and reputation that recognizes Murrieta and the region as a community that welcomes and nurtures the growth of technology business startups, innovation and entrepreneurship”, said Bruce Coleman, Murrieta’s economic development director.
Murrieta’s Tech Center was highlighted as the cover article in the Spring 2012 issue of Public CIO magazine, which highlighted cities that are part of the “Startup Nation.” The article indicated that “Gallup CEO Jim Clifton outlined in his book, The Coming Jobs War, the type of cities that will create jobs and wealth in the future, and Murrieta is the poster child for that kind of city.”
Early on, the city decided to focus on two industry clusters which already exist in the Murrieta/Temecula area and which are logical candidates for expansion: national security/defense and life sciences.
The city has created an advisory board of private sector technology leaders, including experts in serial entrepreneurship, venture capital, intellectual property law, accounting and other fields to provide guidance to the city in development of the Murrieta Tech Center. The board helps to review applications from technology companies and provides advice to the City Manager regarding suitable candidates for the incubator.
To date, Murrieta has attracted two companies to the Murrieta Tech Center: Tactical 3rd Dimension (T3D) and Biomarker Profiles.
T3D relocated to Murrieta from San Diego and has created the patented 3-Driver Multi-Sensor Driver’s Vision Enhanced System, which can use any existing single camera to display depth perception. The system supports military as well as First Responders and has a variety of commercial applications. Biomarker Profiles has relocated to Murrieta from Los Angeles and is in the process of discovering molecules associates with diseases. Biomarker Profiles specializes in mass-spectrometry-based biomarker discovery.
The city works to connect companies in the Murrieta Tech Center with mentors who can assist with all areas of business development, including Tech Coast Angels, Murrieta/Temecula Angel Capital Network, Tri Tech SBDC, serial entrepreneurs, intellectual property attorneys and others.
Information is available from Kim Davidson, Business Development Manager at the city of Murrieta, firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-461-6003; or from Bruce Coleman, Economic Development Director at the city of Murrieta at email@example.com or 951-461-6021.