City of Ontario’s 2015 State of the City Attracts Nearly 1,000 People

On March 18, the Ontario City Council hosted nearly 1,000 people for a one-of-a-kind State of the City that brought together the region’s most influential decision makers. The 2015 State of the City: Business Leadership Conference featured local stories of companies, neighborhoods and individuals that are “Made In Ontario,” in addition to two dynamic keynote speakers. Stories of businesses, neighborhoods and individuals that were “Made In Ontario” were told in a series of videos that appeared throughout the evening. The first video featured programs and individuals that have supported neighborhoods, schools and arts and culture. The second video featured stories on Ontario-based businesses. “Our State of the City is like no other,” said Mayor Paul S. Leon. “It is an evening of celebration, appreciation and inspiration in front of audience members – many of which are ‘Made In Ontario’ – who have invested in the economic growth and expansion of the City of Ontario.” This year’s keynote speakers were ABC’s Shark Tank investor, cyber security expert and innovator, Robert Herjavec; and Pied Piper of community engagement and city love, Peter Kageyama. Mr. Herjavec is one of North America's most recognizable business leaders. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived to North America on a boat with his parents after escaping Communism in the former Yugoslavia. A dynamic entrepreneur, Mr. Herjavec has built and sold several IT companies to major players such as AT&T. In 2003, he founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of the fastest growing technology companies. On the stage, he shared his story and personal philosophy on entrepreneurship and success. Mr. Kageyama is a community and economic development consultant based in St. Petersburg, FL. Peter is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization. He spoke about the role both individuals and government have in fostering love and positive change in a community by encouraging emotional engagement. The Ontario City Council also announced the launch of a new Ontario Arts and Culture website (www.ontarioarts.org) to help with a central place for all the arts and culture amenities that are in the City of Ontario, as well as a centralized calendar for upcoming events.  With this new endeavor, Ontario is looking forward to enhancing arts and culture in the region. Following the City Council and speaker presentations, guests enjoyed the networking forum where Ontario’s Mayor and City Council were present to discuss the details of development and business growth throughout the City as well as speak on future City projects. “We are proud that Ontario continues to be a place where you can live, work and play, and we thank our supporters for their continued investment in our great community,” Mayor Leon said. “We also want to thank the many sponsors that helped make State of the City a reality.” Sponsors included: SMG/Ontario Convention Center; Ontario Auto Center; Ortiz Enterprises Inc.; 5 Guys Named Moe, Inc.; Brookfield Residential; Danken Construction Engineering Group; Niagara Bottling, LLC; Albert A. Webb Associates; Best Best & Krieger; Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.; AEG/Citizens Business Bank Arena; Graffiti Protective Coatings, Inc.; Inland Empire Recycling; Lewis Group of Companies; Ontario Mills; National CORE (National Community Renaissance); Parsons Corporation; Quality Marble & Granite; Related Companies; Sares-Regis Group; Southern California Edison; The Stratham Group of Companies; T.E. Roberts, Inc.; Waste Management; and Fruition.net. Distinguished sponsors included: California Credit Union League; Nevada Credit Union League; Harris & Associates; Inland Empire Recycling; and RCCD. For more information regarding this event or to view the event videos, please visit   www.ontariosoc2015.com or contact Jacob Green at 909-238-8536. ***Note:  A highlight reel will be posted by April 1, 2015 at www.ontariosoc2015.com***