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Economic Development Agency

County leads trade mission to South Korea

The county will lead local business leaders on a mission to South Korea in April to expand trade and investment opportunities for the county’s investors.

South Korea is California’s sixth largest export destination. In 2017, California exported more than $9.6 billion to South Korea, making California the top U.S. exporting state to South Korea.

“This mission is a tremendous opportunity for businesses in our county to grow their exports and foster international trade. By doing so, we ultimately enhance the performance of businesses here at home and drive job creation in the county,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Supervisor Robert Lovingood and I are looking forward to working with the county’s business community in face-to-face meetings with our government and private-sector counterparts in South Korea.”

“Strengthening ties between our county and South Korean business leaders during this mission allows for our Economic Development Agency to work directly with Korean businesses that may be considering an investment in the county,” said Supervisor Lovingood. “In addition to marketing San Bernardino County’s products and services, this mission provides an opportunity for us to connect with and assist Korean companies wishing to establish or expand operations here in the county.”

San Bernardino County companies in all industry sectors are participating or will be invited to participate in this trade mission. Participating companies will have one-on-one, pre-qualified appointments targeted to their objectives, whether that is developing or expanding direct export sales, locating distributors or agents, or conducting market research, among other goals. Company recruitment for the South Korea mission will begin shortly and will be handled through the County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency.

Furthermore, the mission will also enhance relationships between San Bernardino County and South Korea in order to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the County. South Korean FDI into the

United States has more than doubled in recent years, increasing from $19.9 billion in 2011 to $40.9 billion in 2016.

The South Korea mission will also complement the recent trends observed in regard to businesses reshoring their manufacturing operations back to the US. The County of San Bernardino offers many compelling advantages to companies with offshore operations that are seeking to simplify their supply chains, reduce labor costs and bring jobs back into the US; this Mission will enhance awareness of the County as a destination for manufacturers interested in strategic reshoring. Over 10,000 total US jobs were restored from Korea between 2010-16; the County is strategically positioning itself to be a part of this job creation with this Mission.

The South Korea mission is scheduled for April 20-27, 2019, with Seoul being the primary destination for this mission. Highlights for this mission include targeted one-on-one business meetings for participating County businesses, exploring foreign direct investment and reshoring opportunities, meetings with government and industry association officials, along with briefings on the market. Participating San Bernardino County companies will hold pre-arranged meetings specific to their market entry or expansion needs.

The County of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency is promoting an international trade and investment program countywide. The primary goal of this program is to inform business about opportunities to expand markets on a global scale and attract investment from abroad. To find out more about this program or other key initiatives or services offered, please visit http://www.sbcountyadvantage.com

Find your Vision2Succeed at the county’s largest regional business summit

On Feb. 12, more than 1,000 business, community and government leaders will come together for San Bernardino County’s annual Regional Business Summit and State of the County. For 2019, the event theme “Innovate. Transform. Grow.” recognizes the County’s economic strength, business growth and innovative ideas designed to further transform the region, including the recently launched Vision2Succeed campaign, designed to prepare county residents for the jobs we have and the jobs we want to attract.

The Inland Empire chapter of NAIOP will also hold a real estate industry presentation prior to the State of the County titled “San Bernardino County: The Road Forward.”

For more information, registration and sponsorship information, click here.

Recognized as the largest regional business event in the County, the event will feature a message from Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman along with interviews to include Jason Feifer, editor-in-chief, Entrepreneur magazine along with leaders from the County’s top industries and businesses such as Garner Holt Productions, General Atomic, China Airlines, Federal Express UPS, NUUO, and Lennar Homes.

“The County continues to lead the state and nation in job and population growth. At a time when business and residents are being priced out of coastal markets, we continue to be a quality choice for business expansion and for a quality lifestyle,” Chairman Hagman said. “That’s why I encourage businesses to make plans now to be part of this event. We will share information to encourage business growth as well as provide a forum for valuable engagement with regional leaders. Bottom line, this event is about business expansion and job creation.”

The 2019 Regional Business Summit and State of the County is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with the most influential business owners, presidents, CEO and other decision makers in both the public and private sectors because of the high level of content presented and attendees.

The NAIOP IE panel will begin at 3:30 pm. Registration for State of the County begins at 4:30 pm. The NAIOP panel will be led by moderator Terry Thompson, director of real estate, San Bernardino County with panelists: Bill Heim, principal, Lee & Associates; Doug Jorritsma, senior vice president, Land Advisors; and Val Achtemeier, executive vice president, CBRE and Greg Devereraux, Worthington Partners.

The event will be held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena located at 4000 Ontario Center in Ontario. Sponsorship opportunities for greater business exposure are still available. For more information, visit http://www.sbcountyadvantage.com/About-Us/State-of-the-County.aspx.

Need help buying a home? Free expert assistance is available

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 home_ownership-1050x699housing 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.

For more information, call 951-682-6581 or 1-800-655-1812 or register to attend at the event website. Click here for more details.

 

This is BIG! County has new display in Sacramento

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.

After more than 16 years without an update, the county’s display case is now sporting a new look.display

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.

 

County wins five Public Relations Society of America awards

C.L. Lopez, Summer Adams, Gloria Affatati and Cynthia Malvin accept awards for Human Services

C.L. Lopez, Summer Adams, Gloria Affatati and Cynthia Malvin accept awards for Human Services

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.”

 

 

County appoints new EDA Administrator

LarryVaupelLarry 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.

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Learn how to expand your business globally

earthParticipate in an exclusive free training program carefully designed to give business executives strategies, insights, and a ready network of contacts necessary to successfully expand sales globally.

“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.

 

Learn more about your housing rights and responsibilities

Reaching For A HomeIf 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.

County to hold second Joshua Tree community meeting

SBCountySEALBack 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.

State of the County highlights collaboration and successes

2014_StateOfTheCounty_1Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford gave an inspiring and captivating speech during the State of the County on Wednesday night.

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

Visit www.sbcountyadvantage.com for more information about State of the County.

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