Jorge T. Barrera has been named Riverside’s economic development manager.
Currently Modesto’s economic development director, Barrera has worked in government for more than 20 years, according to a statement on Riverside’s website.
Barrera’s first public sector job was development specialist in Riverside County’s economic development agency. For the past 12 years, he has worked in business retention, expansion, and attraction, from local companies and international brands.
Recently, Barrera negotiated a $1 million lease with Tesla for surplus parking at Modesto Airport.
“Jorge Barrera has the skills and the background to advance our economic development program to the next level,” said Jennifer Lilley, community and economic development director, in the statement. “His experience around the state, paired with his knowledge of our local economy, make him uniquely qualified for this position.”