Weekly Round Up: October 5

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air - yes, even though it is still 95 degrees outside, that is fall you are feeling. So go ahead, grab that butternut squash, make some soup, and get cozy as you read about the hot bed of business activity happening in the City of Ontario in sunny Southern California. Here's what's new...Gigabit Community: Ontario is on the brink of making history by being among the first cities in the country to offer high-speed, low-cost access to broadband fiber-optic service. Unlike most places, where internet and television is provided by private companies, the City of Ontario is building a municipally owned network and has partnered with a provider to offer gigabit internet service. Ontario has been planning the fiber network infrastructure for nearly a decade, and by the end of the year it will be ready to deliver Gigabit speed broadband at one of the new residential communities in Ontario Ranch, called Park Place. Gigabit Community also got significant attention recently when Brookfield Homes, at its grand opening for three planned communities, announced it would be offering this service to its residents, too. See links below. This advance fiber-optic internet service will also be made available to Ontario businesses.Industrial Sites: Ontario Economic Development staff attended the Industrial Asset Management Council Fall Forum in Cleveland last week. Nearly 500 brokers, site selectors for corporate and distribution locations, and economic developers attended the forum. Ontario has long been a participant of the organization, which emphasizes long-term, sincere relationship building.We Think Business: You know that Ontario Thinks Business, right? I mean, that is the name of the Ontario Economic Development Agency’s website (www.ontariothinksbusiness.com/). But to see just exactly what we’re talking about, check out our latest brochure here.International Council of Shopping Centers in San Diego: Hundreds of cities, developers and retailers were at the Western Conference in San Diego on September 16-18. Our goal: attract retail businesses and developers to Ontario. And we walked away with dozens of leads, too.In the News

  • Where every new home comes with lightning-fast fiber-optic cable. Read more and more.
  • Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion rolls into Ontario once again. Read more.
  • Economists share positive outlook on Inland Empire economy. Read more.
  • R2 Logistics opens Ontario, California operating center. Read more.
  • Perhaps Kobe Bryant will play tomorrow during the Lakers v. Raptors exhibition game on October 8 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Read more.
  • FedEx Distribution Center at full operation. Read more.

Coming Up

  • OCTOBER 15: Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills will be October 15. This provides an opportunity for businesses, schools, organizations and individuals to practice the life-saving “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake safety procedure. It’s free and can take as little as one minute. Participate and register your company. Read more.
  • OCTOBER 18 TO 20: Ontario Economic Development Agency staff will be attending the CoreNet Global Summit in Los Angeles. More than 2,500 corporate real estate executives are expected to attend.
  • OCTOBER 23: It's Ontario Reign's opening night! 
  • NOVEMBER 12 TO 13: California Economic Summit will be coming to the Inland Empire on November 12 to 13 to address statewide economic development strategies and priorities.

PARTING SHOT...Bumstead’s Bicycles: Lloyd Bumstead can remember a time in Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Upland when citrus orchards, giant fields of sandy vineyards and drag strips once stood on what is now freeways, malls and housing developments. Read the “Made in Ontario” story about Bumstead’s Bicycles hereYou don’t have to wait for the Weekly Round-Up. You can also follow Ontario EDA on Twitter, keep up to date with the City of Ontario on Facebook and check us out at the City of Ontario's Instagram