Imperial Regional Alliance

Imperial Regional Alliance (IRA)

The Imperial Regional Alliance, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2011, serves the Imperial County community through initiatives that improve the quality of life for low to moderate income. The mission is accomplished by bringing education, workforce training, and employment opportunities in the Imperial Valley.


Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center

Soft Skills Training

Internship-to-Career Program

General Assembly and Economic Summit



Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center

The SBDC's mission is to grow the economic vitality of our community and our State, fostering job creation and retention, capital investments, and dynamic innovations that support an ever-improving quality of life for everyone in our community.

This mission is accomplished by helping local small businesses and entrepreneurs build a foundation for individual and company success through individual counseling, organized business education, and innovative special programs.


Soft Skills Training:

Imperial Regional Alliance in partnership with the Imperial County Workforce Development Board has created an interactive Soft Skills Training program that will engage, train, teach and motivate your employees using compelling tools and strategies that have a meaningful impact on organizational performance and culture.

Click Here to register for the El Centro Venue

Click Here to register for the Brawley Venue


The Internship-to-Career Program "Route to Employability" is a sustainable and well-designed strategy to enhance collaboration between regional stakeholders. This program was developed because of the desire for students and recent graduates to gain work experience and the need expressed by businesses to find qualified employees. IRA aims to implement the Internship-to-Career program to bridge the experience gap and provide tools for SME's to become a hosting company of one or multiple interns on an ongoing basis. Our program differs from others since we focus on both the student and business needs. Through our program, the intern can help them apply what they are learning in “real world” settings, gain more substantial professional experience, and begin to develop a network of people in fields that interest them. On the other side, the businesses can utilize the Imperial County Workforce Development Office, “on the job training” OJT program to receive training funded through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Under WIOA, an employer that is provided to a paid participant while engaged in productive work in a job that provides knowledge or skills essential to the full and adequate performance of the job, and provides reimbursement to the employer for the costs associated with training the OJT trainee.

General Assembly Economic Summit:

The annual Summit will convene state and local stakeholders, state and local legislators, business owners, investors, elected officials and organizations from across the southwest California region to Imperial Valley.

The event is hosted by the Imperial County Transportation Commission and the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation and organized by the Imperial Regional Alliance, a nonprofit organization bringing education, job training and employment opportunities in Imperial County.


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