ONTARIO >> San Bernardino County leaders on Wednesday evening shared a vision of economic strength and growth at their annual State of the County event, which touched upon recent positive trends.
Hundreds heard how real estate, e-commerce job growth and the arrival of locally grown businesses are opening new markets and opportunities for a highly skilled local workforce.
A 10-minute video presentation included Rich Karlgaard, the publisher of Forbes magazine, commenting on the economic potential of the region, in addition to the county Board of Supervisors.
Other speakers in the economic presentation video included entrepreneurs Jack Dangermond of the Redlands-based Esri digital mapping company; Chris Ma, CEO of the Ontario-based Vantage LED company, which makes large LED displays; and Ben Cook, owner of Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands.
“If we look at this past year, there was substantial growth within the bi-county areas, and there were 15,000 new jobs in the past year for the county,” Robert Lovingood, chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, said in a phone interview prior to the event. “You have up-markets in health care, up-markets in business services, up-markets in manufacturing.”
Board vice chairman Curt Hagman agreed, saying by phone the county is on a very strong foundation right now.
“On Nov. 1, we got our (Ontario International) airport back and that is a big plus for the economy,” Hagman said. “We’re going forward with infrastructure projects throughout the county.”