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A WELCOMING ADVENTURE—For 24 years the Riverside Center for Innovation and newly appointed executive director Juan Garrett have been serving as a leader in the transformation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

A WELCOMING ADVENTURE—For 24 years the Riverside Center for Innovation and newly appointed executive director Juan Garrett have been serving as a leader in the transformation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

In the world of business, two important components are resources and collaborations.  Both entities Juan Garrett knows very well. For the near quarter of a century that the Riverside Center for Innovation has been evolving he has had an affiliation with the organization and has been assisting in its development as well as in the starting and advancing small businesses.

In 1991 Garrett began his career at the RCI as an accountant. Through time he advanced to fiscal manager, deputy director and last year became the executive director upon the retirement of long time director Emily Buka.

READY TO ASSIST—Riverside Center for Innovation office manager Tenesha Smith and executive director Juan Garrett prepare to continue to help their many clients (Photos by Dianee I. Daniels)

READY TO ASSIST—Riverside Center for Innovation office manager Tenesha Smith and executive director Juan Garrett prepare to continue to help their many clients (Photos by Dianee I. Daniels)

“It has been a very rewarding experience being here. I have seen a lot of entrepreneurs following their dreams and through their tenacity many jobs have been created,” said Garrett. According to an RCI impact study since 2000, they have assisted more than 4,500 entrepreneurs and their tenants and clients have generated $521.2 million in economic impact and created 1,819 jobs.

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