Innovation Village has been named Employer of the Year by the Pomona Chamber of Commerce and will be honored at the 127th Annual Awards and Installation of Officers event on Wednesday, June 24 at Mountain Meadows Golf Course in Pomona.
The Employer of the Year award is presented to an organization that promotes employee growth and development, and demonstrates leadership in the business sector while providing resources and support in the establishment of other local businesses.
According to Erica Frausto, executive director of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce, Innovation Village was selected because it provides leadership and a community to businesses, especially smaller ones.
“[Innovation Village is] housing some really great businesses that are happy to be there,” says Erica Frausto.
Innovation Village is home to a diverse tenant base, including the American Red Cross (ARC), Southern California Edison (SCE), and the Center for Training, Technology and Incubation (CTTi), which houses numerous emerging to medium-sized companies.
Innovation Village is also a major source of employment for Cal Poly Pomona student interns and graduates. For example, SCE has been a significant employer of engineering and business students for many years, as SCE’s internship program remains a pathway to employment upon graduation.
Furthermore, Innovation Village is also a major source of employment for the local region. In fact, jobs within Innovation Village are found to earn an average salary well above the median income within the local community.
“Innovation Village has always focused on enhancing the life of both the university and local community through development of collaborative relationships, internships, employment opportunities, and joint research,” says Sandra Vaughan-Acton, Foundation real estate director and member of the Pomona Chamber of Commerce board of directors. “I am very proud that Innovation Village has been recognized as Employer of the Year.”
Sandra Vaughan-Acton will accept the award at the Pomona Chamber of Commerce event on behalf of Innovation Village.