Weekly Round-Up: August 31
New homes, fresh produce and a City in a region that is ripe for development. Here are 8 things you need to know happening in Ontario, California business news.ONTARIO FARM TO YOUR TABLE: Back in 2012, Kaiser Permanente issued a $1 million Heal Zone grant to the City of Ontario to encourage healthy living and eating in the City. Part of that funding has been utilized to create a community garden, which is now in full bloom. The four-acre park, Huerta del Valle, is at 831 East Belmont Street, and has 62 plots of land available to Ontario residents. What’s more is that a portion of the property also has produce that is made available to area restaurants. In fact, the produce supplies some restaurants such as those at Santa Ana’s Fourth Street Market - but it sure would be nice to serve businesses closer to home! So, yes, if you are a business looking to tap into the fruits of Ontario’s labor, we have a Farm to Table opportunity to you. The garden is also a collaboration with Pitzer College. To learn more, click here.KAISER IS THRIVING IN ONTARIO: Speaking of Kaiser, did you know that the Kaiser Permanente Ontario Medical Center is the City’s largest hospital? The hospital was built in 2011, and is not only a top employer but a critical resource to the City of Ontario and the region. Side Note: For the employees that work at or near Kaiser, know that they have a Farmer’s Market every Wednesday between 10 am to 2 pm.ONTARIO RANCH: Infrastructure improvements continue to make way for residential units in the southern section of Ontario, known as Ontario Ranch. Development is going so well, in fact, that Brookfield Residential has announced that it will open model homes at New Haven, Brookfield Residential’s newest planned community. Read more. REALSHARE: At a recent Real Estate conference in Orange County hosted by RealShare, the Inland Empire was a hot topic. Orange County is facing challenges such as strong competition from investors that is driving up prices, and a lack of developable land. In fact, whatever land is available is being converted to residential. It was also reported that taxes and minimum wage are going to drive opportunity outside of Orange County to – you guessed it – the Inland Empire. During the conference, RealShare executives reported out findings in a survey, and one of the questions were: “How can OC keep industrial users in the county when rents/purchase prices are high, land is scare and the Inland Empire is convenient?” In response, one panelist said, “I don’t think we should try to manipulate the market.” In Ontario, we couldn’t agree more. Call Ontario EDA staff today so that we can help you find your next available site.Upcoming Events: There are a few…JOB FAIR: The 2015 West End Regional Job Fair is scheduled for Thursday, September 10 from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario. For the details, click here.ICSC SAN DIEGO: Economic Development staff will be attending one of California’s top retail conferences at the International Council of Shopping Centers Western Conference and Deal Making in San Diego from September 16 to September 18. Visit the City of Ontario at Booth #645.CRUISIN' REUNION: Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is right around the corner from September 18 to September 20. It is expected that 1,200 cars in total will be displayed with anticipated attendance over the three days at 200,000 people. The event will also feature KC and the Sunshine Band, Danny Koker’s Rock Band of the Counting Cars television show, and Rick and Kelly Dale with American Restoration. Read more.LET’S TALK ECONOMICS: For the sixth year, Citizens Business Bank is presenting the Sixth Annual Inland Empire Economic Forecast Conference on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 10:15 AM at Citizens Business Bank Arena, located at 4000 East Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario. The annual conference is hosted by the Inland Empire Center for Economics and Public Policy at Claremont McKenna College (CMC), a joint venture between the Lowe Institute of Political Economy and the Rose Institute of State and Local Government of CMC, and the UCLA Anderson Forecast. Read more.