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County Library and Fontana Unified join forces for college fair

collegefairThe San Bernardino County Library in partnership with Fontana Unified School District will be holding a 2014 College Fair on October 10, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lewis Library and Technology Center in Fontana. Over 40 schools will be in attendance and admission is free. Various workshops will take place during this event including free financial aid, Overdrive- online book resource, and where to find used text books.

Colton Community Cabinet meeting

Families, business, labor, education, government, public safety and community service organizations from Colton, Grand Terrace and Bloomington came together this month to identify priorities for supporting the success of every child from cradle to career. Colton Joint and San Bernardino City unified school districts are piloting the first Community Cabinets for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education, which seeks to foster partnerships amongst all community sectors to support the education system. In October and November, the Colton Community Cabinet will meet with teachers and students to ensure everyone’s priorities align. The Alliance plans to eventually roll out community cabinets in other school districts throughout the county.

SANBAG awarded environmental grant

coloradoriverIn support of the efforts of Countywide Vision Environment Element Group, Southern California Association of Governments has awarded a grant to San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) for creation of an inventory of existing species and habitat preservation efforts throughout the county and development of strategies for future coordination of conservation efforts. SANBAG plans to hire a consultant to assist the Environment Element Group pending availability of the $50,000 grant funds. SANBAG plans to support the project with $20,000 in matching funds and $20,000 in staff support.

Water Element Group drafting long-range plans

waterThe Countywide Vision Water Element Group is scheduling discussions with city officials to address protection of land for stormwater and imported water recharge sites as part of collaborative effort to develop a long-range plan to ensure water sustainability for our region’s future. Water agency leaders presented a map identifying areas of the county critical for getting water into our local aquifers at the 2013 San Bernardino County Water Conference in August. The Water Element Group also plans to work with business and developers on the drafting of a comprehensive water resources plan.

Regional Leadership Academy moves forward

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership this month welcomed its inaugural Regional Leadership Academy class of future business and government leaders. During the yearlong program, students will learn about quality of life issues affecting the region and opportunities to make improvements through collaboration across sectors. The Academy addresses a priority identified by a group of business leaders attending a Countywide Vision meeting last year – local businesses should regain their tradition of civic engagement and help train the next generation of business and community leaders.

ARMC mentors Colton High School students

ARMC JPG logoArrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) health care professionals spoke this month to about 100 ninth-graders at Colton High School’s new Health Education Academy of Learning program at the school’s career day. Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals discussed the required education and skills for a career in health care. ARMC developed a partnership with the high school to help address a critical shortage of health care professionals in the county. The collaboration also helps achieve the Countywide Vision’s regional goal to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career.

Educators and government officials attend Nashville conference

ChildrenThe San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education sent a small group of educators and government officials to 2013 Alignment Institute conference in Nashville this week to learn about collective impact successes in other communities throughout the United States. The information they gather will help guide the development and implementation of strategies for achieving the Countywide Vision’s regional goal to partner with all sectors of the community to support the success of every child from cradle to career.

Community Vital Signs completes Summer of Engagement

community vital signsCommunity Vital Signs completed its Summer of Engagement, holding more than 23 regional and community-based meetings in July and August. More than 1,000 stakeholders participated from all sectors of the community, including local businesses, education, planning and transportation, health/human services, public safety, elected officials, and community and faith-based organizations.  “We brought together wonderful people and organizations working to improve health in our communities to discuss and develop effective strategies to meet our shared goals,” said Janice Rutherford, chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Community Vital Signs is a community partnership with county government to assess and address the health of the county in support of the Countywide Vision Project.

Vision group reveals progress in long-range plans for County’s water supply

waterelementONTARIO – The Countywide Vision Water Element Group today presented progress made toward a comprehensive water management plan that ensures sustainable water supplies in the County for future population and economic growth at the 7th Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference.

The plan aims to enhance the County’s water portfolio through greater conservation efforts; investment in improved infrastructure for local, imported and recycled water supplies; and environmental stewardship.

The Water Element Group is comprised of public and private water agencies, regulators, planners, educators and business people who are working together on solutions to a potential imbalance between population growth and water supply.

The group has determined that the County has enough water to supply residents, business and agricultural needs through 2035 if there is a commitment from the community to invest in capital projects and programs to store new water supplies, protect current water supplies and increase conservation efforts.

At today’s conference, County Chief Executive Officer Gregory C. Devereaux said the work the group has done so far is crucial to determining how and where to invest in future growth. In the past, water resources and infrastructure were not always a part of planning and developing projects.

“If we conserve our water and if we invest our resources and infrastructure differently, we have enough water to support our future growth,” Devereaux said.

The Water Element Group is developing two documents: a countywide inventory of water conservation programs and a countywide inventory that identifies land to protect for water recharge projects.

The group will evaluate the impact of water use efficiency programs to identify and promote best practices before publishing the water conservation programs inventory online.

In the next few months, the County and the San Bernardino Associated Governments will assist the Water Element Group by holding discussions with business, residents and land use planning agencies to review the need for water conservation, landscaping ordinances and the protection of land for stormwater and imported water recharge sites.

For more information about what the Water Element Group is doing, read the

Executive Summary and view the presentation at www.sbcounty.gov/vision.

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