Weekly Round Up: August 2, 2016

Ontario Ranch updateOntario Ranch, the 8,200 acre former agricultural preserve, is making progress as infrastructure and construction continue to move forward. Of particular significance, the major arterial roads of Haven and Archibald Avenues now connect with Ontario Ranch Road, the main east-west thoroughfare connecting to the I-15 freeway at Cantu-Galleano Ranch Road, greatly enhancing accessibility for the area.Home construction is firmly underway, as the West Haven, New Haven and Park Place neighborhoods, built by Lennar, Brookfield Homes and Lewis Community Developers and Stratham Communities respectively, have already constructed 470 new homes with 873 more in progress. If touring model homes is your thing, the three neighborhoods have a combined 35 model homes available for tour, and reliable sources report that at least a full 8-hour day should be planned to see them all. Visit www.ontarioranch.com for more information.Fiber updateThe City and IT provider Inyo Networks have partnered to create OntarioNet, a One Gigabit per second (1Gbps) Internet service direct to home or business. The Ontario City Council has committed a significant investment to install the necessary infrastructure, but one that will make the City an even better place to call home or do business. The first phase of construction is nearing completion along 4th Street and Milliken Avenue. Business customers near this route are encouraged to contact Inyo Sales at 844-994-4448 or visit www.canugigit.com to learn how they may connect to this fast and cost-effective service.Residential service is already available at Park Place, and will be available in all future new-home communities in Ontario Ranch. In addition, building upon this successful launch, it is possible that future phases may be planned so that this incredible service will be available to all businesses and residents of Ontario.Former Sunkist Site updateOn Friday, July 22, 2016, Ontario’s Mayor and City Council celebrated the groundbreaking of the former Sunkist Citrus Packing Plant site.  The historic industrial site will be developed by Commercial Real Estate Developer, Majestic Realty Company.  This new site will provide nearly 500 new jobs and will be the new home to Melmarc, a full package screen printing company.  Click here to read more.Unemployment updateThe California Employment Development Department (EDD) released preliminary labor statistics for June 2016. The City of Ontario had a labor force of 82,600 with 77,300 employed and 5,300 unemployed, for an unemployment rate of 6.5%.Regional Intelligence ReportThe City has released its quarterly regional intelligence report. To see the latest in national, state and local economic trends, click here.