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Economic Development Agency

June 24, 2020 County Update Business Edition

The County’s transportation systems drive economic opportunity at the local, national and global level. Our collection of international and logistics airports include Southern California Logistics Airport, Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino International Airport. These critical airports serve cargo, passenger and private markets, providing businesses cost-effective and time-efficient alternatives to other regional business centers, even during the impact of COVID-19. We also benefit from the work of the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority and its innovative multi-modal transit options.

In this issue:

  • Mark Thorpe, CEO of Ontario International Airport, on the impacts of COVID-19 on air operations
  • Michael Burrows on the growth of San Bernardino International Airport and its work during this pandemic
  • SBCTA shares news of its latest projects to move people in an innovative and efficient way

Thank you for supporting, sourcing, and buying from local County businesses. We are here for you. #SBCountyTogether

For the latest Statistics and a complete list of upcoming Testing Locations and important links, scroll to the bottom.

Despite COVID-19, Ontario Airport Remains Critical Economic Engine for County

Mark Thorpe is the CEO for Ontario International Airport Authority. He shared the impacts of COVID-19 on air operations and plans for recovery and reopening.

Ontario International Airport (ONT) headed into 2020 as America’s fastest-growing airport two years running and as one of the busiest cargo airports in the world, fortifying our role as an important economic engine for San Bernardino County, the Inland Empire and Southern California.

Then came COVID-19, which impacted airports across the U.S. as domestic and international air travel declined sharply. ONT was no exception, recording significantly lower passenger volumes in March, April and May as business and leisure travelers largely stayed home. Even so, there is a growing sense of confidence that passenger traffic will pick up in the coming months as the post-pandemic recovery takes root, and based on flight schedules published by our airline partners, we share that optimism.

Mark Thorpe

In the meantime, cargo shipments through ONT have increased dramatically through the pandemic, underscoring the critical role our region plays in logistics and the supply chain. Our freight volumes have grown more than 20 percent in each of the past three months, fueled by a surge in e-commerce as shoppers stayed at home. In May alone, more than 81,000 tons of commercial freight passed through ONT – up 24 percent from the same month a year ago.

These kinds of historic gains are encouraging news for our County and region as we begin to recover from the economic damage caused by COVID-19. When it comes to logistics and supply chain management, the Inland Empire has a distinct competitive advantage. We’re ideally located, and have the infrastructure and talent pool to handle the growing demand for product and goods shipments.

Through the efforts of our regional economic development agencies, colleges and universities, and groups such as Inland Economic Growth and Opportunity (IEGO), the Inland Empire is developing the partnerships and systems to become a global innovation hub – bringing more business and even better jobs to the region.

We feel Ontario Airport plays an important role in all of this, and look forward to our continued partnerships with our local business community and stakeholder groups.

We also look forward to the return of the kind of passenger travel that made ONT the fastest growing airport in the country. To that end, we’ve taken industry-leading steps to ensure the health and safety of its passengers, visitors and employees, including the use of high-tech sprayers and a highly effective disinfectant to sanitize all touch points within the airport, new passenger screening trays treated with powerful antimicrobial technology, new escalators with self-sterilizing UV-C light technology and clearly posted social distancing guidelines.

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our industry and our economy, but we’re doing everything in our power to weather these very turbulent times as we look forward to an equally strong recovery.

A Deeper Look at San Bernardino International Airport

Michael Burrows is executive director for San Bernardino International Airport (SBD). SBD was once the Norton Air Force Base (NAFB) until it was closed during the 1988 round of military base closures. The closure of NAFB created a loss of 10,000 direct jobs and more than $1.9 billion in economic output to the local economy. Now close to 13,000 new jobs have been created at SBD, with just over $2.7 billion in economic output for the region. Michael shares more about that effort, and how SBD is positioned for the future.

What has helped drive job creation at SBD?

Fueling the redevelopment effort at and around the airport has been a flagship public-private partnership with Hillwood resulting in over 15 million square feet of new commercial development. Called AllianceCalifornia, it recently added a fourth Amazon facility, which rounds out a host of Fortune 50, 100 and 500 companies operating in the Inland Empire. We now have over 4 million square feet of Amazon e-commerce facilities, alone.

Michael Burrows

UPS started flying cargo at SBD in 2017, and they put us on the map. FedEx followed and added a FedEx ground facility as well. We now have our largest expansion underway — a 100-acre Amazon Air regional air hub, a $300 million investment that will add up to 26 flights a day. With Amazon Air, we will have the three largest air cargo carriers in the U.S. flying out of SBD.

How does SBD benefit the community?

We’re home to fantastic public safety facilities such as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation Department Headquarters, including search and rescue, medical response and aircraft maintenance teams. We have the U.S.D.A. Forest Service Fire Tanker Base, a critical regional asset, and the San Bernardino Regional Emergency Training Center where we train and certify aircraft firefighters.

As we strive to create new aviation jobs, I cannot say enough about the San Bernardino County Workforce Development team and their support for current and new businesses. We have partnerships with the educational sector which helps expose younger generations to careers in aviation related fields. There are many jobs other than pilot or flight crew member that a high school student isn’t necessarily going to think about. We help students cross-train in administration, operations, aircraft rescue, firefighting training, and even security and maintenance so that they see what skill sets they might need and how they can grow professionally.

Bringing career opportunities to the region is a big part of our community responsibility. We have returned nearly 13,000 jobs to the region and we anticipate the Amazon Air Regional Air Hub employing 1,700 people when it becomes operational towards the end of the year. At full operation, it will employ over 3,800 individuals.

How are you supporting COVID impacts?

Our international customs clearance capability provides charter options, particularly to our healthcare community, for transport of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential cargo. When companies are struggling to get product in and out of the LA basin, airports like Ontario and SBD are here to provide support. When capacity gets tight, as it has during COVID-19, you need relief valves to get vital merchandise and equipment to the regions that need it most.

An airport is an economic anchor, in good times and bad, and that’s part of our job. Whether it’s a medical aid flight, corporate charter, aerial firefighting tanker, or an air cargo operation, that’s what we’re here to support.

We’re currently assisting Delta Airlines with aircraft storage and maintenance during the pandemic. Our team provides all the fueling, services and hospitality to each of these customers. Whether you’re a small plane or a commercial aircraft, our staff will treat you like gold particularly in times like this. Even though they’re wearing masks, there are smiling faces behind them.

San Bernardino County Transportation Authority

The San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA) is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system for San Bernardino County. Ray Wolfe, executive director for SBCTA, shared more on COVID impacts and new and in-progress projects.

Can you give us a snapshot of the current scope of SBCTA?

SBCTA is currently delivering on its largest program in the agency’s history.  Actively bringing more than $4 billion in transportation improvements to help people and goods move to and through our county, SBCTA is proud of introducing multi-modal solutions to our growing population.

We are addressing the current demand in both roadway and transit through projects like the I-10 Express Lanes, the US 395 Widening, and upcoming Arrow rail service that will connect the east valley to transit options that reach all of Southern California.

We are also addressing the next generation of transportation needs. The SBCTA team is bringing the first zero-emission, self-powered train to North America, facilitating real change to the way passenger rail travel operates for years to come. The innovative spirit thrives in San Bernardino County as we look at this and other emerging technologies to deliver on our promises in a faster, less-expensive, and environmentally-friendly way.

Ray Wolfe

What are your priority projects at the moment – has COVID impacted or helped in terms of moving these projects forward?

Providing an excellent transportation system warrants the designation as an essential sector. So, when it comes to identifying our priorities, the Board of Directors continues to do an outstanding job of making sure staff has the tools and the direction it needs to treat every project we deliver as if it is the only one.

Our approach has not wavered during concern from COVID-19. However, given the financial strain this pandemic has placed on both the State and Federal governments, we should be prepared for the impact it might have on some our funding sources going forward. In the meantime, SBCTA will continue to look to innovation for how we can deliver projects in the most effective way possible.

What can residents expect when they travel with SBCTA?

SBCTA supports our partners in transit as they offer outstanding, safe, and effective services throughout the County.  From buses to rail, the demand for transit choices continues to grow and our transit providers look for more ways to step up to that challenge.  When someone steps out of their car and into the transit world in San Bernardino County, they can expect a safe, clean, courteous experience as they reach the various destinations we serve.

COVID-Compliant Program Informational Webinar

The San Bernardino Economic Development Department and SBDC is hosting its second information webinar on the COVID-Compliant Business Partnership Program. The webinar will take place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 25. Join us to get your questions answered and to learn more about this helpful program. Register here for the session.

Latest Stats

10,407 Confirmed Cases               (up 4% from the previous day)
245 Deaths                                         (up 4.7% from the previous day)
114,640 Tested                                 (up 2.7% from the previous day)

For more statistics from the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, click the desktop or mobile tab on the County’s website.

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at  Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

Actualización del Condado del 24 de junio de 2020

Edición de Negocios

 Los sistemas de transporte del Condado impulsan oportunidades económicas a nivel local, nacional y global. Nuestra colección de aeropuertos internacionales y logísticos incluye el Aeropuerto Logístico del Sur de California, el Aeropuerto Internacional de Ontario y el Aeropuerto Internacional de San Bernardino. Estos aeropuertos críticos sirven a los mercados de carga, pasajeros y privados, proporcionando a las empresas alternativas rentables y eficientes en el tiempo a otros centros de negocios regionales, incluso durante el impacto de COVID-19. También nos beneficiamos del trabajo de la Autoridad de Transporte del Condado de San Bernardino y sus innovadoras opciones de tránsito multimodal.

En esta Edición:

  • Mark Thorpe, director ejecutivo del aeropuerto internacional de Ontario, Sobre los impactos de COVID-19 en las operaciones aéreas
  • Michael Burrows sobre el crecimiento del Aeropuerto Internacional de San Bernardino y su trabajo durante esta pandemia
  • SBCTA comparte noticias de sus últimos proyectos para mover a las personas de una manera innovadora y eficiente

 Gracias por apoyar, abastecerse y comprar a negocios locales del Condado. Estamos aquí para ti.


Para obtener las estadísticas más recientes y enlace a nuestra página de pruebas de la comunidad COVID-19, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la actualización de hoy

A pesar de COVID-19, el aeropuerto de Ontario sigue siendo un motor económico crítico para el condado

Mark Thorpe es el director general de la Autoridad del Aeropuerto Internacional de Ontario. Compartió los impactos del COVID-19 en las operaciones aéreas y los planes de recuperación y reapertura.

El Aeropuerto Internacional de Ontario (ONT) se dirigió a 2020 como el aeropuerto más rápido de crecimiento de los Estados Unidos durante dos años de funcionamiento y como uno de los aeropuertos de carga más concurridos del mundo, fortaleciendo nuestro papel como un importante motor económico para el condado de San Bernardino, el Imperio Interior y el sur de California.

Luego vino COVID-19, que impactó a los aeropuertos en los Estados Unidos a medida que los viajes aéreos nacionales e internacionales disminuyeron drásticamente. ONT no fue una excepción, registrando volúmenes de pasajeros significativamente más bajos en marzo, abril y mayo, ya que los viajeros de negocios y de ocio se quedaron en su casa. Aún así, hay un sentido de confianza en que el tráfico de pasajeros se recuperará en los próximos meses a medida que se arraigue la recuperación posterior a la pandemia, y sobre la base de los horarios de vuelo publicados por nuestras aerolíneas asociadas, compartimos ese optimismo.

Mientras tanto, los envíos de carga a través de ONT han aumentado drásticamente a través de la pandemia, subrayando el papel crítico que desempeña nuestra región en la logística y la cadena de suministro. Nuestros volúmenes de carga han crecido más del 20 por ciento en cada uno de los últimos tres meses, impulsado por un aumento en el comercio electrónico mientras los compradores se quedaron en casa. Solo en mayo, pasaron por ONT más de 81,000 toneladas de carga comercial, un 24 por ciento más que el mismo mes del año anterior.

Mark Thorpe

Este tipo de ganancias históricas son noticias alentadoras para nuestro Condado y nuestra región a medida que comenzamos a recuperarnos de los daños económicos causados por COVID-19. Cuando se trata de logística y gestión de la cadena de suministro, el Imperio Interior tiene una clara ventaja competitiva. Estamos ubicados idealmente, y tenemos la infraestructura y el grupo de talentos para responder bien la creciente demanda de envíos de productos y mercancías.

A través de los esfuerzos de nuestras agencias de desarrollo económico regional, colegios y universidades, y grupos como crecimiento Económico Interior y oportunidad (IEGO), el Imperio Interior está desarrollando las asociaciones y sistemas para convertirse en un centro de innovación global – trayendo más negocios y aún mejores empleos a la región.

Creemos que el aeropuerto de Ontario juega un papel importante en todo esto, y esperamos continuar nuestras asociaciones con nuestra comunidad empresarial local y grupos de interesados.

También esperamos el regreso del tipo de viaje de pasajeros que hizo el aeropuerto de ONT el más rápido crecimiento en el país. Con ese fin, hemos tomado medidas líderes en la industria para garantizar la salud y la seguridad de sus pasajeros, visitantes y empleados, incluyendo el uso de pulverizadores de alta tecnología y un desinfectante altamente eficaz para desinfectar todos los puntos de contacto dentro del aeropuerto, nuevas bandejas de detección de pasajeros tratadas con potente tecnología antimicrobiana, Nuevas escaleras mecánicas con tecnología de luz UV-C autoesterilizante y directrices de distanciamiento social claramente publicadas.

COVID-19 ha tenido un impacto sin precedentes en nuestra industria y nuestra economía, pero estamos haciendo todo lo posible para hacer frente a estos tiempos tan turbulentos mientras esperamos una recuperación igualmente fuerte.

Una mirada más profunda al Aeropuerto Internacional de San Bernardino

Michael Burrows es director ejecutivo del Aeropuerto Internacional de San Bernardino (SBD). SBD fue una vez la Base de la Fuerza Aérea Norton (NAFB) hasta que fue cerrada durante la ronda de cierres de la base militar de 1988. El cierre de NAFB creó una pérdida de 10.000 puestos de trabajo directos y más de 1.900 millones de dólares en producción económica para la economía local. Ahora se han creado cerca de 13.000 nuevos puestos de trabajo en SBD, con poco más de 2.700 millones de dólares en producción económica para la región. Michael comparte más sobre ese esfuerzo, y cómo SBD se posiciona para el futuro.

¿Qué ha ayudado a impulsar la creación de empleo en SBD?

Michael Burrows

Impulsar el esfuerzo de reurbanización en y alrededor del aeropuerto ha sido una asociación pública-privada emblemática con Hillwood, que ha dado lugar a más de 15 millones de pies cuadrados de nuevo desarrollo comercial. Llamado AllianceCalifornia, recientemente agregó una cuarta instalación de Amazon, que completa una serie de compañías Fortune 50, 100 y 500 que operan en el Imperio Interior. Ahora tenemos más de 4 millones de pies cuadrados de instalaciones de comercio electrónico de Amazon, solamente.

UPS comenzó a volar carga en SBD en 2017, y nos pusieron en el mapa. FedEx también siguió y agregó una instalación terrestre de FedEx. Ahora tenemos nuestra mayor expansión en marcha: un centro aéreo regional de Amazon Air de 100 acres, una inversión de 300 millones de dólares que sumará 26 vuelos al día. Con Amazon Air, tendremos las tres compañías de carga aérea más grandes de los Estados Unidos que vuelan desde SBD.

¿Cómo beneficia SBD a la comunidad?
Somos el hogar de fantásticas instalaciones de seguridad pública, como la sede del Departamento de Aviación del Sheriff del Condado de San Bernardino, incluyendo equipos de búsqueda y rescate, respuesta médica y mantenimiento de aeronaves. Tenemos la Base de Tanques de Bomberos del Servicio Forestal de la U.S.D.A., un activo regional crítico, y el Centro Regional de Capacitación de Emergencias de San Bernardino, donde entrenamos y certificamos a los bomberos de aeronaves.

A medida que nos esforzamos por crear nuevos empleos de aviación, no puedo decir lo suficiente sobre el equipo de Desarrollo de la Fuerza laboral del Condado de San Bernardino y su apoyo a los negocios actuales y nuevos. Tenemos asociaciones con el sector educativo que ayudan a exponer a las generaciones más jóvenes a las carreras en los campos relacionados con la aviación. Hay muchos trabajos que no son piloto o miembro de la tripulación de vuelo que un estudiante de secundaria no va a pensar necesariamente. Ayudamos a los estudiantes a realizar el entrenamiento cruzado en administración, operaciones, rescate de aviones, entrenamiento en lucha contra incendios, e incluso seguridad y mantenimiento para que vean qué habilidades necesitan y cómo pueden crecer profesionalmente.

Traer oportunidades de empleo a la región es una gran parte de nuestra responsabilidad comunitaria. Hemos devuelto casi 13.000 puestos de trabajo a la región y anticipamos que el Centro aéreo Regional de Amazon, empleará  a 1.700 personas cuando entre en funcionamiento hacia finales de año. En plena operación, empleará a más de 3.800 personas.

¿Cómo estamos apoyando los impactos DE COVID?
Nuestra capacidad de despacho de aduanas internacional ofrece opciones chárter, especialmente a nuestra comunidad sanitaria, para el transporte de equipos de protección personal (EPP) y otras cargas esenciales. Cuando las empresas están luchando para obtener producto dentro y fuera de La cuenca de Los Angeles, aeropuertos como Ontario y SBD están aquí para proporcionar apoyo. Cuando la capacidad se aprieta, como lo ha hecho durante COVID-19, necesita válvulas de alivio para llevar mercancía y equipo vitales a las regiones que más lo necesitan.

Un aeropuerto es un ancla económica, en los buenos tiempos y en los malos, y eso es parte de nuestro trabajo. Ya sea un vuelo de ayuda médica, una carta corporativa, un buque cisterna aéreo para combatir incendios o una operación de carga aérea, eso es lo que estamos aquí para apoyar.

Actualmente estamos ayudando a Líneas aéreas de Delta con el almacenamiento y mantenimiento de aeronaves durante la pandemia. Nuestro equipo proporciona todo el abastecimiento, servicios y hospitalidad a cada uno de estos clientes. Ya sea un avión pequeño o un avión comercial, nuestro personal le tratará como el oro en particular en tiempos como este. Aunque lleven máscaras, hay caras sonrientes detrás de ellas.

Autoridad de Transporte del Condado de San Bernardino

La Autoridad de Transporte del Condado de San Bernardino (SBCTA) es responsable de la planificación regional cooperativa y de promover un sistema de transporte multimodal eficiente para el condado de San Bernardino. Ray Wolfe, director ejecutivo de SBCTA, compartió más sobre los impactos COVID y los proyectos nuevos y en curso.

¿Puede darnos una instantánea del alcance actual de SBCTA?

SBCTA está actualmente entregando su programa más grande en la historia de la agencia. Llevando activamente más de $4 mil millones en mejoras de transporte para ayudar a las personas y los bienes a moverse a través de nuestro condado y a través de él, SBCTA está orgulloso de introducir soluciones multimodales a nuestra creciente población.

Ray Wolfe

Estamos abordando la demanda actual tanto en carretera como en tránsito a través de proyectos como los carriles exprés I-10, la ampliación de US 395, y el próximo servicio ferroviario Arrow que conectará el valle este con opciones de tránsito que llegan a todo el sur de California.

También estamos abordando la próxima generación de necesidades de transporte. El equipo de SBCTA está llevando el primer tren auto- impulsado de emisión cero a Norteamérica, facilitando un cambio real en la forma en que los viajes en tren de pasajeros operan durante años venideros. El espíritu innovador prospera en el condado de San Bernardino mientras miramos esta y otras tecnologías emergentes para cumplir nuestras promesas de una manera más rápida, menos costosa y respetuosa con el medio ambiente.

¿Cuáles son sus proyectos prioritarios en este momento – COVID ha impactado o ayudado en términos de avanzar en estos proyectos?

Proporcionando un sistema excelente de transporte garantiza la designación como un sector esencial. Por lo tanto, cuando se trata de identificar nuestras prioridades, el Consejo de Administración continúa haciendo un trabajo excepcional de asegurarse de que el personal tenga las herramientas y la dirección que necesita para tratar cada proyecto que entregamos como si fuera el único.

Nuestro enfoque no ha vacilado durante la preocupación de COVID-19. Sin embargo, dada la tensión financiera que esta pandemia ha impuesto tanto a los gobiernos estatales como a los federales, deberíamos estar preparados para el impacto que podría tener en algunas de nuestras fuentes de financiación en el futuro. Mientras tanto, SBCTA seguirá buscando la innovación en la forma en que podemos entregar proyectos de la manera más eficaz posible.

¿Qué pueden esperar los residentes cuando viajan con SBCTA?

SBCTA apoya a nuestros socios en tránsito, ya que ofrecen servicios excepcionales, seguros y efectivos en todo el Condado. Desde autobuses hasta ferrocarriles, la demanda de opciones de tránsito sigue creciendo y nuestros proveedores de tránsito buscan más maneras de hacerse llegar a ese desafío. Cuando alguien sale de su auto y entra en el mundo del tránsito en el condado de San Bernardino, puede esperar una experiencia segura, limpia y cortés al llegar a los diversos destinos que servimos.

Seminario web informativo sobre el Programa Compatible con COVID

El Departamento de Desarrollo Económico de San Bernardino y SBDC organizan su segundo seminario web de información sobre el Programa de Asociación Empresarial Compatible con COVID. El seminario web tendrá lugar a las 9 a.m. del jueves 25 de junio. Acompáñenos para obtener respuestas a sus preguntas y para obtener más información sobre este programa. Regístrese aquí here para la sesión.

Estadísticas más recientes

10,407 Casos Confirmados           (un 4%más que el día anterior)
245 Muertes                                      (un 4.7% más que el día anterior)
114,640 Probados                           (un 2.7% más que el día anterior)

Para obtener más estadísticas del Tablero de Vigilancia COVID-19, haga clic en la pestaña de escritorio o móvil en sitio web del Condado.

Para toda la información relacionada con COVID-19, incluyendo estadísticas de casos, preguntas frecuentes, pautas y recursos, visite la página web de COVID-19 del Condado en  Los residentes del Condado de San Bernardino también pueden llamar a la línea de ayuda COVID-19 al (909) 387-3911 para obtener información general y recursos sobre el virus. La línea telefónica NO es para llamadas médicas y está disponible de lunes a viernes, de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. Si tiene preguntas sobre servicios sociales, llame al 211.

June 10, 2020 County Update – Business Edition

This Business Edition of the County Update includes:

-Recent leases demonstrate the resiliency of the High Desert

-Plans and protocols for the new High Desert Training Center

-High Desert restaurants excited to reopen safely

Thank you for supporting, sourcing, and buying from local County businesses. We are here for you. #SBCountyTogether

For the latest Statistics and a complete list of upcoming Testing Locations and important links, scroll to the bottom.

High Desert Shows Resiliency

Brian Parno

Three major lease transactions with The Boeing Company, United Furniture Industries (UFI) and ComAv Asset Management were recently completed at Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) in Victorville. The announcements highlight the meaningful operational, workforce, and expansion benefits to high-caliber companies locating at the regional business and logistics hub and within the High Desert.

 Brian Parno, chief operating officer at Stirling Development, developer of SCLA, shares why business is looking to the High Desert now more than ever, and the enduring strength of the High Desert region.

The good news is that all three companies decided at some point that they were going to work through the current health crisis and plan for the long term. People are still optimistic about the future.

Boeing is moving one of their operations out of the Los Angeles basin. For them SCLA is a cost-effective, viable alternative. That’s a growing trend we have been witnessing for many months now. Companies are leaving Orange and Los Angeles counties because of economics. There’s a place for them in Victorville with an abundant workforce and very low overall cost of occupancy.

ComAv is a business that’s been at SCLA for more than 13 years. Among many other things, they handle aircraft service. The lease renewal we have agreed upon continues their long-term commitment to the region. San Bernardino County has proven to be an economical place to operate.

Since the end of April we’ve noticed companies are renewing their search for spaces, they’re calling and activity has started back up again. In the 4.5 million square feet of space we’ve built at SCLA, approximately 50 percent of our tenants are manufacturers. The High Desert is attractive because of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District and the overall lower cost of occupancy. When I look at the future deal flow for our properties, I would say 75 percent are manufacturing-based inquiries.

When we get requests from companies, one of the questions is, “Where am I going to get my workers from?” There are 450,000 people in the High Desert. Most of them would rather work close to home. Currently 60,000 or so people drive down the hill for work each day. They would rather work next door so there is a massive pent-up workforce supply in the immediate region. Every time a business locates here, there is a line around the block of job applicants. With the addition of the new High Desert Training Center this year, operated by Victor Valley Community College, we’re now able to provide customized training solutions for local businesses to further equip their local workforce.

High Desert Training Center Looks to Fall Opening

The High Desert Training Center became a reality in 2019 when Stirling Capital Investments and Prologis, Inc. entered into a 10-year agreement with Victor Valley Community College (VVCC) to donate an existing building at SCLA. VVCC will facilitate hands-on training programs to better prepare the High Desert region’s workforce in the skills identified as in demand by local businesses.

“The partners in our business believe strongly that having a training facility specifically dedicated for businesses in the region will help us grow the economic base of the entire High Desert. It will ensure our community has people with the right skills moving forward,” Brian Parno shared.

According to Dr. Walden, president, Victor Valley College, the Center is making plans for fall classes, with required COVID-19 safety guidelines in place. Some of the programs being planned now include: Apprenticeship with General Atomics; Industrial Mechanical Training; and Workforce Readiness Academy.  There could even be a (pre)apprenticeship program for high school students focused on Industrial Mechanical, pending guidelines and reopening timelines.

“Victor Valley College is excited about the collaboration with our private sector partners on this exciting project.  Now more than ever, we must prepare the future workforce to meet the needs of local industries,” said Walden.

Are You Ready to Open – and Stay Open?

Critical to the success of reopening all of our businesses is a strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.

This specifically means using the State guidance documents to create an operational plan that is meant to keep both employees and patrons safe. By now we all know the drill – require both employee and patron face coverings around strangers, except when sitting down to eat. Maintain safe distancing in your operation, with signs and ground markers to help patrons know what this means in your business. And provide sanitizer and encourage frequent hand washing.

The bottom line is that a surge in cases or hospitalization may prompt the State to reverse course on re-openings. If we want to keep our doors open, we have to keep COVID out!

High Desert Restaurants Begin to Reopen

El Pescador

El Pescador proudly bears its 2019 Best of the Desert award on the front entry of its Victorville location. It’s a well-earned recognition for the restaurant that just reopened. The owner, Carmen Rocha, shares that even during the shut-down she didn’t start doing take out right away since they weren’t set up for that operation.

“We needed to make sure we were ready,” she commented. But now the restaurant is once again open for diners. “We’ve had a great response from the community. I think people were excited to get out again. They’ve been very appreciative.”

El Pescador has been a Victorville fixture for five years and Carmen credits city support for helping them through this period. “We had a lot of support from the schools, the City of Victorville, and different organizations all ordering from us.” In turn, Carmen shared that it was important to also give back, donating food to first responders, hospitals, police and fire departments.

Now the focus is on safety and cleanliness. “We want to do all things with excellence. The important thing now is cleanliness. We are taking all the precautions possible.” Looking ahead, she hopes to bring back all of her staff as they slowly begin to welcome more guests.

Serafina Pizzo

Serafina Pizzo has been running Fina’s Giuseppe’s Italiano Restaurant in Victorville for 12 years. She enthusiastically cites the support of the local community and her regulars as critical to keeping her in operation. “The regulars kept me going. They would call and check on me. See how I was doing and if I needed anything, letting me know when they were ordering from me. And ordering extra when they could.”

During the shut-down she was able to do take-out orders and now has her dining room at about half capacity. “This is working out well. We have six tables and the booths. No one is on top of anyone. The guests and the waitresses have breathing room. I like it this way, it’s better for everyone.”

While she has been able to keep most of her staff, she fears that we aren’t ever returning to normal. “Nothing will be the same. But we will do the changes. We’ll be ready for it,” she added.

Latest Stats

6,593 Confirmed Cases           (up 2.7% from the previous day)
225 Deaths                              (up 1.8% from the previous day)
79,337 Tested                         (up 1.9% from the previous day)

For more statistics from the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, click the desktop or mobile tab on the County’s website.

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at  Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

Actualización diaria del 10 de junio, 2020
Edición de Negocios

Esta Edición Ejecutiva de la Actualización del Condado incluye

-Los recientes arrendamientos demuestran la resiliencia del Alto Desierto

-Planes y protocolos para el nuevo Centro de Entrenamiento del Desierto Alto

-Restaurantes de alto desierto emocionados de reabrir de forma segura

Gracias por apoyar, abastecerse y comprar a empresas locales del Condado. Estamos aquí para ti. #SBCountyTogether

Para las últimas estadísticas y para obtener una lista completa de las próximas ubicaciones de pruebas y enlaces, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la actualización diaria de hoy.

Alto desierto muestra resiliencia

Tres importantes transacciones de arrendamiento con The Boeing Company, United Furniture Industries (UFI) y ComAv Asset Management se completaron recientemente en Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) en Victorville. Los anuncios destacan los beneficios significativos operacionales, de mano de obra y de expansión para las empresas de alto calibre que se encuentran en el centro regional de negocios y logística y dentro del Alto Desierto.

Brian Parno

 Brian Parno, director de operaciones de Stirling Development, desarrollador de SCLA, comparte por qué los negocios están buscando el Alto Desierto ahora más que nunca, y la fuerza duradera de la región del Alto Desierto.

La buena noticia es que las tres empresas decidieron en algún momento que iban a trabajar a través de la crisis actual de salud y planificar a largo plazo. La gente sigue siendo optimista sobre el futuro.

Boeing está moviendo una de sus operaciones fuera de la cuenca de Los Angeles. Para ellos SCLA es una alternativa rentable y viable. Esa es una tendencia creciente que hemos estado presenciando desde hace muchos meses. Las empresas están dejando los condados de Orange y Los Angeles debido a la economía. Hay un lugar para ellos en Victorville con una fuerza de trabajo abundante y muy bajo costo general de ocupación.

ComAv es un negocio que ha estado en SCLA por más de 13 años. Entre muchas otras cosas, manejan el servicio de aeronaves. La renovación del contrato de arrendamiento que hemos acordado continúa su compromiso a largo plazo con la región. El condado de San Bernardino ha demostrado ser un lugar económico para operar.

Desde finales de abril hemos notado que las empresas están renovando su búsqueda de espacios, están llamando y la actividad ha comenzado de nuevo. En los 4,5 millones de pies cuadrados de espacio que hemos construido en SCLA, aproximadamente el 50 por ciento de nuestros inquilinos son fabricantes. El Alto Desierto es atractivo debido al Distrito de Gestión de la Calidad del Aire del Desierto de Mojave y el menor costo de ocupación en general. Cuando miro el flujo de transacciones futuros para nuestras propiedades, diría que el 75 por ciento son consultas basadas en la fabricación.

Cuando recibimos solicitudes de empresas, una de las preguntas es: “¿De dónde voy a sacar a mis trabajadores?” Hay 450.000 personas en el Alto Desierto. La mayoría de ellos preferirían trabajar cerca de casa. Actualmente, más o menos 60.000 personas conducen por la colina para trabajar cada día. Prefieren trabajar al lado, así que hay un enorme suministro de mano de obra en la región inmediata. Cada vez que una empresa se encuentra aquí, hay una línea alrededor del bloque de solicitantes de empleo. Con la adición del nuevo High Desert Training Center este año, operado por Victor Valley Community College, ahora podemos proporcionar soluciones de capacitación personalizadas para las empresas locales para equipar aún más a su fuerza de trabajo local.

Centro de Entrenamiento en el alto desierto busca apertura para el otoño

El High Desert Training Center se convirtió en una realidad en 2019 cuando Stirling Capital Investments y Prologis, Inc. celebraron un acuerdo de 10 años con Victor Valley Community College (VVCC) para donar un edificio existente en SCLA. VVCC facilitará programas de capacitación práctica para preparar mejor a la fuerza laboral de la región del Alto Desierto en las habilidades identificadas como demandadas por las empresas locales.

“Los socios de nuestro negocio creen firmemente que tener un centro de capacitación específicamente dedicado a las empresas de la región nos ayudará a hacer crecer la base económica de todo el Alto Desierto. Garantizará que nuestra comunidad tenga personas con las habilidades adecuadas para seguir adelante”, compartió Brian Parno.

Según el Dr. Walden, presidente, Victor Valley College, el Centro está haciendo planes para las clases de otoño, con las pautas de seguridad COVID-19 requeridas en su lugar. Algunos de los programas que se están planeando ahora incluyen: Aprendizaje con Atomics General; Capacitación Mecánica Industrial; y Workforce Readiness Academy.  Incluso podría haber un programa (pre)aprendizaje para estudiantes de secundaria enfocado en Mecánica Industrial, directrices pendientes y plazos de reapertura.

“Victor Valley College está entusiasmado con la colaboración con nuestros socios del sector privado en este emocionante proyecto.  Ahora más que nunca, debemos preparar a la futura fuerza de trabajo para satisfacer las necesidades de las industrias locales”, dijo Walden.

¿Está listo para abrir y permanecer abierto?

Fundamental para el éxito de la reapertura de todos nuestros negocios es una estricta adhesión a los protocolos de seguridad COVID-19.

Esto significa específicamente el uso de los documentos de orientación estatal para crear un plan operativo que esté destinado a mantener seguros tanto a los empleados como a los clientes. A estas alturas, todos conocemos el ejercicio: requieren coberturas de cara de empleado y de los clientes alrededor de extraños, excepto cuando nos sentamos a comer. Mantenga un distanciamiento seguro en su operación, con señales y marcadores de tierra para ayudar a los clientes a saber lo que esto significa en su negocio. Y proporcionar desinfectante y fomentar el lavado frecuente de manos.

La conclusión es que un aumento en los casos u hospitalización puede llevar al Estado a invertir el curso en las reaperturas. Si queremos mantener nuestras puertas abiertas, ¡tenemos que mantener COVID fuera!

Restaurantes de alto desierto comienzan a reabrir

El Pescador

El Pescador lleva con orgullo su premio Best of the Desert 2019 en la entrada frontal de su ubicación en Victorville. Es un reconocimiento bien merecido por el restaurante que acaba de reabrir. La dueña, Carmen Rocha, comparte que incluso durante el cierre no empezó de inmediato la comida para llevar ya que no estaban configurados para esa operación.

“Necesitábamos asegurarnos de que estábamos listos”, comentó. Pero ahora el restaurante está una vez más abierto para los comensales. “Hemos tenido una gran respuesta de la comunidad. Creo que la gente estaba emocionada de salir de nuevo. Han sido muy agradecidos.

El Pescador ha sido un elemento fijo de Victorville durante cinco años y Carmen atribuye el apoyo de la ciudad por ayudarlos durante este período. “Teníamos mucho apoyo de las escuelas, la ciudad de Victorville y diferentes organizaciones que nos ordenan”. A su vez, Carmen compartió que era importante también devolver, donando alimentos a trabajadores de primeros auxilios, hospitales, policías y bomberos.

Ahora el enfoque está en la seguridad y la limpieza. “Queremos hacer todas las cosas con excelencia. Lo importante ahora es la limpieza. Estamos tomando todas las precauciones posibles”.  Mirando hacia al futuro, espera traer de vuelta a todo su personal mientras poco a poco comienzan a dar la bienvenida a más clientes.

Serafina Pizzo

Serafina Pizzo dirige el restaurante Italiano Giuseppe’s de Fina en Victorville durante 12 años. Ella cita con entusiasmo el apoyo de la comunidad local y sus clientes habituales como crítico para mantenerla en funcionamiento. “Los clientes habituales me mantuvieron en marcha. Me llamaban y me revisaban.  Ver cómo estaba y si necesitaba algo, haciéndome saber cuando me estaban ordenando. Y pedir extra cuando podían.

Durante el cierre fue capaz de hacer órdenes para llevar y ahora tiene su comedor a aproximadamente la mitad de su capacidad. “Esto está funcionando bien. Tenemos seis mesas y las cabinas. Nadie está encima de nadie. Los huéspedes y las camareras tienen sala de respiración. Me gusta así, es mejor para todos”.

Si bien ella ha sido capaz de mantener a la mayoría de su personal, teme que nunca volvamos a la normalidad. “Nada será igual. Pero haremos los cambios. Estaremos listos para ello”, agregó.

Estadísticas diarias

6.593 Casos Confirmados         (un 2,7 % más que el día anterior)
225 Muertes                              (un 1,8 % más que el día anterior)
79,337 Probados                      (un 1,9 % más que el día anterior)

Para obtener más estadísticas del Tablero de Vigilancia COVID-19, haga clic en la pestaña de escritorio o móvil en sitio web del Condado.

Para toda la información relacionada con COVID-19, incluyendo estadísticas de casos, preguntas frecuentes, pautas y recursos, visite la página web de COVID-19 del Condado en  Los residentes del Condado de San Bernardino también pueden llamar a la línea de ayuda COVID-19 al (909) 387-3911 para obtener información general y recursos sobre el virus. La línea telefónica NO es para llamadas médicas y está disponible de lunes a viernes, de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. Si tiene preguntas sobre servicios sociales, llame al 211.

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

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

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.

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