Employee of the Month

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City of Porterville
291 North Main Street
Porterville, CA 93257
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City of Porterville

November 2014 Employee of the Month

Jason Ridenour

Community Development Department

Jason Ridenour joined the City’s Community Development Department as the Economic Development Associate in December 2012. Prior to working with the City, Jason worked in the San Francisco Bay area in the private sector helping new businesses to develop as a Director at an angel investment firm, similar to venture capitalism. Jason studied Finance at California State University Chico, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2007.

The regular workload of the Economic Development Associate position is anything but “regular,” and tasks vary from statistical data crunching to helping local businesses improve and expand.  In addition to staying connected to the community and assisting local businesses as they grow, Jason proactively recruits national retailers and industry to the city. Jason builds relationships with possible businesses, as well as with local developers, and uses his experience and local familiarity to encourage partnerships that would result in a new business in Porterville. Jason’s ability to successfully “sell” Porterville is evident with the upcoming openings of Panera Restaurant, Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria, and Applebee’s Bar and Grill.

Jason is a dedicated and driven employee, and is always willing to take on those “other duties as assigned,” he steps in to help wherever he can. His work ethic is only matched by his great sense of humor. Jason helps keep spirits high in what is often a stressful department, and encourages his teammates to keep up the good work by reminding us that we all contribute to the growth and future of Porterville.

Born and raised in Porterville, Jason is enthusiastic about doing all he can to bring great things to his hometown, both professionally and personally. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Tiffany, and in August of this year they welcomed their son, Lucas. When he isn’t doting on his wife and son, Jason enjoys working on his racecar (Number 83!) and doing home improvement projects.

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