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UCR's Buydos Awarded for Economic Development

Economic Development Director Earns “Spirit of the Entrepreneur” Award for Work at UC Riverside

Chris Buydos is one of Seven Award Winners

(November 12, 2004)

Chris Buydos

Chris Buydos

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Chris Buydos, director of economic development at the University of California, Riverside, won the Social Entrepreneur award at the second annual Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards dinner at the Riverside Convention Center Tuesday, Nov. 9.

She was one of seven honorees selected by an independent panel of judges for the program, hosted by The Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University, San Bernardino and The Business Press newspaper.
Buydos plays an important role at UC Riverside, connecting the university to the business community in practical ways, as part of UCR’s technology transfer effort. “I like to describe myself as the grout between the tiles,” she said.

For example, she was instrumental in opening the UCR Technology Transfer Center, a facility located within the 39-acre UCR Research Park, which houses the Small Business Development Center, part of the IEEP (Inland Empire Economic Partnership).

Phase I of the Research Park is divided into 11 parcels, 10 of which have been purchased for private development. Construction on various office space and laboratories will begin in the next few months to house a host of new technology businesses. Another 17-acre parcel in Phase II will be ready for development within the next few years.

Buydos said her success can be measured in ongoing stages, rather than a completion point. Right now she is thinking about where the startup companies in the Research Park will be able to expand to when they have outgrown the current space.

C. Michael Webster, UC Riverside’s Vice Chancellor of Administration, said he is proud of Chris Buydos and her influence on the economic development of the region. “Her contributions were recognized last night by those in the business of economic development,” Webster said the morning after the award. “She clearly has put UCR in the forefront of economic development and has made the campus a player of significance."

Buydos lives in San Jacinto with her husband, Jerry, and son, Dakota. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning and is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planning. She is also a member of the San Jacinto City Council.

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