Southern California Edison has opened its third building in Innovation Village.
The utility company, in association with the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation and Trammel Crow Co., celebrated the grand opening July 12.
Innovation Village, which the foundation manages, is a 65-acre research and technology park on campus-owned land set aside for public/private partnership development. The opening of the third Southern California Edison building completes Phase V of Innovation Village, which is now 65 percent complete and has 18 acres left for development. Edison is the largest tenant in Innovation Village with 369,000 square feet of space and approximately 1,200 employees.
During the grand opening, Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley highlighted the benefits of having Southern California Edison as a partner and the valuable support the company provides the students and the university.
“Southern California Edison has helped advance the university’s mission by providing internships, hands-on research opportunities, and most importantly, jobs to our students,” Coley said. “Southern California Edison has gained access to the vast talent pool. Last year, the company had 59 interns from the university, and 15 of those interns joined the company as full-time employees after graduation…Southern California Edison employees are also benefitting from this partnership; many of these employees pursue degrees and other professional development opportunities here at Cal Poly Pomona.”
Paul J. Grigaux, vice president of Transmission, Substations and Operations in the Transmission and Distribution organization at Southern California Edison, discussed the advantages of opening a third building in Innovation Village.
“[Southern California Edison at Innovation Village] is strategically located for us as a company; it’s centrally located,” Grigaux said. “It is also…a significant opportunity to really expand our partnership to attract talent in our company.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place once the speeches were concluded. Southern California Edison in Innovation Village received proclamations from Pomona Mayor Elliot Rothman on behalf of the city of Pomona; Sen. Bob Huff on behalf of the California State Senate, District 29; Sen. Connie M. Leyva on behalf of the California State Senate, District 20; Sen. Ed Hernandez on behalf of the California State Senate, District 22; and U.S. Rep. Ed Royce on behalf of the United States House of Representatives, District 39.