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Economic Development Agency
San Bernardino County has made it a priority to promote and protect homeownership. As part of that effort, the County Department of Community Development and Housing encourages interested county residents to attend a free housing expo and town hall meeting on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fair Housing Council of Riverside, 3933 Mission Inn Ave. in Riverside.
HUD-approved housing counselors, lenders and real estate agents will be on-hand to assist those looking to buy their first home or make a new start after a foreclosure, short sale, or bankruptcy. The event will include valuable information about down payment assistance, real estate fraud, foreclosure prevention, mortgage modification, fair housing, and more.
San Bernardino County has a new face in the state capitol.
The first floor of the state capitol in Sacramento is the main traffic area for tourists and other capitol visitors and features approximately 5-foot-by-4-foot display cases for each of the state’s 58 counties.
A 3-D, postcard-themed diorama commissioned in late 2014 by the Board of Supervisors touts San Bernardino’s status as the nation’s largest county and features a swirl of photos highlighting the county’s natural beauty, diversity, tourist attractions, business opportunities, and quality of life.
“Our county stands out from the crowd in terms of business, recreation, beauty, and excitement, and we wanted our capitol display to reflect that,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos.
Designed and constructed by Bill Butler, director of design for San Bernardino-based Garner Holt Productions, the images in the display include the county’s renowned educational and healthcare institutions, agriculture, mining, Ontario International and Chino airports, the San Bernardino County Museum, Calico Ghost Town, the Colorado River, Lake Arrowhead, skiing, rock climbing, Auto Club Speedway, and Mumford & Sons performing at the San Manuel Amphitheater.
“The next time you’re in Sacramento, look for our new display,” Chairman Ramos said.
San Bernardino County’s Human Services communications team, the Economic Development Agency and the San Bernardino County Employees’ Retirement Association (SBCERA) were recognized at the 2014 Polaris Awards by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)-Inland Empire Chapter on Nov. 19 at Center Stage Theater in Fontana.
PRSA’s Polaris Awards program recognizes the outstanding and creative public relations strategies used by professionals dedicated to the advancement of communications. Human Services’ communications team; Cindie Perry, deputy director of the Economic Development Agency; and SBCERA were recognized among communications professionals from the private and public sectors.
Human Services Communications Officer C.L. Lopez and Media Specialist Cindi Malvin accepted three Capella Awards for the HS Connection newsletter, the 2013 Human Services Annual Report and their photo gallery of the Dogs of Rainbow’s End. The photo gallery of dogs rescued during a 2013 hoarding case was featured in an Associated Press photo gallery and garnered international media coverage.
“We are very proud of the work of our Human Services Communications team,” said Chief Learning Officer Summer Adams. “These awards honor the work of the team’s first full-year working together and great things have already been accomplished in their telling of the stories of Human Services.”
The Economic Development Agency was given a Capella Award for the 2014 State of the County event held at Ontario Business Bank Arena in February.
SBCERA was recognized for their 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, “Mission Retirement.”
Larry Vaupel will bring extensive experience in private and public sector economic and real estate development when he assumes the helm of the San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency on Monday.
“Larry’s background and enthusiasm will be great assets as we work to attract and retain investment in San Bernardino County and continue our work toward achieving the Countywide Vision,” said County Chief Executive Officer Greg Devereaux, who announced Vaupel’s appointment today.
Vaupel currently serves as Economic Development Manager for City of Riverside, where he leads a team of 11 economic development and marketing professionals helping businesses create jobs. Prior to his service in Riverside, Vaupel spent much of his career in Illinois working in city planning, real estate development, and economic development, where he served a diverse mix of urban, suburban and rural communities. Vaupel has worked in some of the fastest growing communities in the U.S. as well as established cities and public-private economic development agencies. He has also been a real estate developer and owned and managed a commercial real estate brokerage firm.
“Successful Exporting in Today’s Global Economy,” will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 9 at the Chaffey College Chino Community Center, 5890 College Park Avenue in Chino. Click here to register.
If you believe exporting could be part of your growth strategy, these courses will provide you with the hands on tools and the latest information necessary to succeed. In addition, through this course, you will become informed about the effective finance and marketing assistance currently available through both state and federal agencies and walk away knowing precisely how to leverage these resources.
Selling American products and services overseas is both profitable and culturally rewarding for all companies that want to prosper in today’s global marketplace.
The Export Trade Assistance Partnership (ETAP) provides export training and assistance to local businesses and entrepreneurs interested in expanding to new markets.
To read more about the event, click here.
If you or someone you know rent a room, a house, apartment or mobile home, you will want to attend one of these informative presentations on evictions, security deposits, repairs, discrimination, and housing rights for persons with disabilities. The Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board will be presenting Housing Rights and Responsibilities in nine communities throughout San Bernardino County, for both English and Spanish speakers.
If you plan to attend, please click here and RSVP at the number or email at the bottom of the flier. For more information contact the Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board at 909.984.2254.
Back in September, residents and stakeholders turned out in large numbers for a spirited discussion about the future of Joshua Tree during a special community planning workshop conducted by the County.
Experts on the issues raised in September from the County and other agencies will be available to answer questions and discuss additional concerns. Topics will include the desired character of the community of Joshua Tree, environmental concerns, renewable energy, transportation, bike and pedestrian facilities, tourism, housing, and incorporation.
The community is invited to participate from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. The meeting will begin with a brief recap of the comments received in September then move quickly into an open house format where residents may meet individually with representatives from County departments and other agencies.
For more information about the meeting, contact Michelle McCoy at the Land Use Services Department at (909) 252-5105 or email Michelle.McCoy@lus.sbcounty.gov.
Rutherford emphasized that through collaboration, we can achieve the goals of the Countywide Vision. During her presentation, Rutherford gave a rundown of the unique and important role County government plays in our everyday lives with statistics that reveal the work County departments engaged in over the last year. More than 1,000 county residents, County employees, government leaders, business leaders, and community leaders attended.
Poet David Bowden gave a special performance tailored to the event in which he compared collaboration to how water, soil and seed are essential for growth.
Watch a snippet of Rutherford’s presentation here: http://youtu.be/sgkXJRedROg
Watch the full presentation here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI3vK12Pbao
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San Bernardino County is the largest county in the world and one of the nation’s most populous. The diversity and volume of services County Government provides might still surprise you. During tonight’s State of the County speech, Chair Janice Rutherford cited a number of quirky and interesting facts about the County:
2,076,399 – County population (more than 14 states)
20,160 – Size of the county in square miles (larger than Switzerland)
5,981 – Tires purchased by County Government in 2013
200 – Mosquito Fish on-hand for county residents with fish ponds
676 – Copies of “Green Eggs and Ham” in County libraries
5,825 – Average daily jail population
64 – Species at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
160 – Animals at the Big Bear Alpine Zoo at Moonridge
1,134,088 – Cookies baked by the County in 2013
22 – Rare-earth minerals and metals mined in the County
15,000 – Toothbrushes purchased by the County in 2013
10,000 – Tubes of toothpaste purchased by the County in 2013
65,464 – Environmental Health inspections during fiscal year 2012-13
258,148 – Outpatients seen at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in 2013
0 – Deficiencies found during a recent inspection of ARMC
115,000 – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center ER visits, 2013
278,560 – Latex gloves purchased by the County in 2013
19,953 – Gas pumps inspected by the County in 2013
$56 million – Saved by county consumers in 2013 thanks to scale/gas pump/scanner inspections
7,000 – Coloring books purchased by the County in 2013
6,500 – Crayon 4-packs purchased by the County in 2013
80 – Sentinel chickens to warn the County about impending disease
200,000 – Bird eggs at the County Museum
185,742 – Calls for Sheriff service in unincorporated County areas in 2013
1,403 – Square miles covered by the Victor Valley Sheriff’s station (just shy of Rhode Island)
8,000 – Disposable diapers purchased by the County in 2013
15,171 – Public Health immunizations during fiscal year 2012-13
102,450 – Apples purchased by the County in 2013
250 – Bridges maintained by County Public Works
1,805 – Number of Sheriff’s volunteers
3,800 – Poll workers who served during the 2012 presidential election
1,171 – People who received job training through the Workforce Investment Board in 2013
13 – Aircraft Owned & Operated by the County
Network with business leaders and industry peers as well as hear directly from County leadership on how collaboration, transparency and a commitment to economic opportunity is creating a dynamic future for all invested in the county.
There is still time to register for the event, which is being held at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.
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