IFMA Inland Empire Chapter Celebrates
Its 8th Year Anniversary!
Chartered in December 2013
It's been eight years since our new chapter serving the Riverside and San Bernardino county areas was first organized in the Autumn of 2013, held our first election in November that year, and received our approved by-laws from IFMA HQ a month later in December 2013.
Four months into 2014 in April, the chapter received its 501 (c) 6 non-profit status approval from the State of California – and never looked back until now.
The Inland Empire, also known as “The IE,” is an area approximately 60 miles from north to south and some 50 miles wide. It spans Riverside and San Bernardino Counties and an eastern slice of Los Angeles County. This is an area that is roughly 2/3rds the size of Connecticut. The area is surrounded by mountain ranges and hills on all sides, with only a few natural passes to Los Angeles and Orange County to the west. San Diego County lies to the south and Palm Springs to the east.
People have been attracted to the natural wonders of the area for two hundred years and continue to enjoy the natural amenities today in every conceivable way. With a rich history, natural wealth, and a robust economy, the Inland Empire is an area full of surprises. Today, the economy is one of the largest and fastest-growing in the nation and boasts the 13th-largest metropolitan market and is served by the Ontario International Airport.
Notable IFMA Inland Empire Chapter Accomplishments
The first officers of our Executive Board and chapter consisted of Corey L. Wilson - President, Paul Richardson - Vice-President, Cecilia Sweeney - Chief Financial Officer, and Christopher Hylton - Secretary.
Immediately, the IFMA Inland Empire Chapter set about leading and developing the facility management profession in the Inland Empire and over the past eight years the chapter has amassed an impressive track record of accomplishments as follows:
Consistently participated in the Southern California Facilities Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. as a key exhibitor and sponsor.
Was a proud partner with the IFMA Global Workforce Initiative (GWI), Accredited Facility Manager Degree Program for the Chancellor's Office of the California Community for this essentials of facility management pilot program at Chaffey College.
Was a Doing What Matters (DWM) for Jobs & Economy: Energy, Construction & Utilities (ECU) partner for the new 2-year community college HVACR workforce development program utilizing ASHRAE and NATE credentials in Southern California.
Partnered with the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) Grant for Chaffey Community College for their state renowned InTech Training Center in Fontana.
Partnered with the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency (SBCEDA) to help develop pathways to prosperity in the FM profession for the county's emerging workforce.
Became an IFMA Chaffey College Student Chapter partner, sponsor and mentor to California's first community college 2-year accredited facilities management (FM) degree program.
Drafted a California 2020 Sustainability Program Focusing on Energy Use Reduction for the New Decade program for the Inland Empire Chapter and making it avalable for IFMA's ten other California chapters.
Hosted an online Credentials Training Program with nine registrants from all over California seeking to acquire the prestigious FMP – Facility Management Professional® credential.
Prepared to add to our 2022 online Credentials Training Program the EoFM – Essentials of Facility Management®, SFP – Sustainable Facility Professional®, and CFM – Certified Facility Manager® credentials.
Grew their chapter membership by more than 10% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The chapter's future is promising and we're excited about the possibilities for the upcoming year and beyond and encourage you to join our family of facility management professionals and business services providers by becoming a member. See article below for membership info.