Weekly Round Up: September 14

School is back in session, Pumpkin Spice Lattes have returned on the menu at Starbucks, red velvet cupcakes can now be eaten without guilt (well, that is debatable), and football season is in full swing. Yes, fall is almost here. But that is not all that’s going on in Ontario Business News. We’ve got new restaurants like Hamburger Mary’s, new homes from Brookfield Residential, and new retail development opportunities to talk about at ICSC. Here are 8 Things You Need to Know Happening in Ontario Business News.Recap HAMBURGER MARY’S: Hamburger Mary’s Restaurant celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, September 12. It is located at 3550 East Porsche Way in Ontario. The Daily Bulletin first reported the news in April that the restaurant would be opening its 12th store nationwide right here in Ontario. Hamburger Mary’s started in San Francisco in 1972, and today has locations in Berlin, Chicago, West Hollywood and Long Beach, among others. Read more.NEW HOMES: Brookfield Residential will celebrate the model grand opening of three new home communities at New Haven in Ontario Ranch this Saturday. Homebuyers will have the opportunity to explore the array of new homes in Ontario from two-story townhomes to detached single-family. Read more. Pictured above is a rendering of the pool area at the new Brookfield Residential master planned community, New Haven. CONNECT INLAND EMPIRE: People are excited about working, living and developing the Inland Empire. That was the message at the Connect Inland Empire event in Rancho Cucamonga on September 10, where more than 300 realtors, developers and economic development professionals attended the first time event to hear from leading professionals on economic and development trends occurring in Ontario and the Inland Empire. Among the other messages taken away from the event: 

  • ATTRACT TALENT: If Inland Empire wants to stay competitive, it needs to attract and RETAIN top talent. Chaffey College, Cal Poly Pomona, UC Riverside, Claremont Colleges, Cal State San Bernardino - all of these are within a stones-throw away from Ontario. How do we keep those students once they graduate, especially given the trend of millennials who are looking for an urban, thriving environment? One solution is to provide more housing opportunities, like those that are being built in Ontario.  (See “New Homes” above) 
  • LOGISTICS: Another key take away is that TRADE AND LOGISTICS IS AND WILL REMAIN HOT in our region. Access to ports, availability of land and more competitive salaries are all major contributors to this force. These sectors also produce job multipliers, like those in professional services, which will benefit our office market.

 In a panel moderated by Ontario-based CBRE broker Joe Cesta on September 10, experts discuss how to retain and bring jobs back to the Inland Empire.WINNER: Congratulations to the Gill Corporation, which was honored as Business of the Year by the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership at its Awards Gala on September 12. The Gill Corporation started 70 years ago in Montebello. Today, it has divisions in France, Northern Ireland, Maryland and Ontario, California, with its headquarters in El Monte. The company produces high performance composite products that serves the commercial aircraft and aerospace industries.In the newsHundreds attend major hiring event in Ontario. Read more.The 2015 California Economic Summit will be hosted in Ontario November 12 to 13, and registration is now open. This is the first time the statewide summit will be hosted in the Inland Empire. Read more.Upcoming EventsICSC 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. If you want to make an appointment, email Jennifer McLain, Economic Development Manager, at [email protected], Redevelopment Manager Charity Hernandez at [email protected], or Economic Development Coordinator Tanya Spiegel at [email protected].CRUISIN' REUNION: The 3rd Annual Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion is this weekend, 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 RestorationRead more.  Pictured above is a past look at the Route 66 Cruisin’ Reunion Car Show in Ontario. Here is the video from the past year’s event.That’s a wrap!You don’t have to wait for the Weekly Round Up to stay up to speed. 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