BEYOND Framework Fund Program
The BEYOND launched in 2015 to support member agency efforts to improve quality of life in Western Riverside County. Over the two rounds of the Program, $4.1 Million was awarded to member jurisdictions to support 83 projects. Each of the completed projects corresponded to at least one of the goals outlined by WRCOG's Economic Development & Sustainability Framework. These goals help steer a project’s efforts to enhance local issues as they relate to the economy, education, health, energy & environment, transportation, and water initiatives.
BEYOND Project Highlights
City of Temecula - Global Citizens Vocational Training
The Global Citizens Vocational Training Program was designed to provide opportunities to special needs adults throughout Temecula in an effort to increase workforce and economic development. The Program provides jobs readiness and trains participants for jobs in the viticulture and hospitality industries to cater to the growing winery and tourism industries in Temecula. A few training areas in the program include: computer skills, local vineyard history, viticulture, hospitality, marketing, business, customer service, and agriculture. Students are also given the opportunity to earn a customer service certificate and a food handler’s license, which are underwritten by the City of Temecula. This innovative educational program utilizes the city’s key industries and brings together various community resources to promote both equal opportunities and economic development.
Framework Goals: Economic Development, Energy and Environment, Education
Western Municipal Water District - Customer Handbook: Using Water Efficiently in the Landscape
Western Municipal Water District (WMWD) dedicated funds to support the creation of a water-wise landscaping handbook with engaging written content, photos, links, and embedded videos. The official launch date of the book was at the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) Conference at the Ontario Convention Center in May 2017. This water-wise handbook is web-based and has been distributed to SAWPA and their member agencies, botanic gardens, conservation districts, and the Master Gardeners of Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. With their new handbook WMWD anticipates water savings of 7,240-acre feet and greater per year.
Framework Goals: Water
City of Perris - Green City Farm Program
The City of Perris dedicated a portion of its Round I BEYOND allocation to fund the Green City Farm project, which develops community garden demonstration centers that exhibit best practices in water-wise gardening and healthy living. This cutting-edge urban community garden initiative, now dubbed “Grow Perris”, exhibits a variety of produce growing systems ideal for small, urban settings using traditional and advanced, sustainable growing methods and aims to facilitate horticulture and nutrition education. The Green City Farm’s success has served as the model for more than 30 additional community gardens developed throughout the City of Perris.
Framework Goals: Health, Education, Energy and Environment
City of Jurupa Valley - Rubidoux Walking Corridor
The City of Jurupa Valley allocated a portion of its Round II BEYOND Core and Health funding to enhance the Rubidoux Walking Corridor. The project was initially established through Round I BEYOND funds and progressed with the second round of funding. The Walking Corridor, also known as The Walk, has received beautification enhancements including multiple mural installations, as well as a community painted crosswalk. These improvements boost the vitality of the four-mile walk and promote Jurupa Valley’s goal to increase neighborhood pride, healthy opportunities, safety, and access to resources, arts, and recreation.
Framework Goals: Transportation, Health
City of Calimesa: Creekside Park Fitness Facilities
The City of Calimesa allocated Round II BEYOND Core and Health funding toward transforming Creekside Park into a Fitness Park. The City installed park-grade fitness equipment stations which were then complimented with the installation of a new walking trail. In addition to the installations, the park received a makeover complete with a rehabilitated basketball court, repainted restrooms, restored barbecue grills, new landscaping, and new benches and trash cans. This renovation project has helped turn Creekside Park into a local jewel that promotes the health and wellness of the community.
Framework Goals: Health