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    A Wealth of opportunity in San Bernardino County: Guest commentary
    February 24, 2014
    The Sun, 
    By Janice Rutherford
    02/24/14, 11:17 AM PST

    From 2007 to 2011, about 42,000 Los Angeles County residents packed up and moved east to San Bernardino County. It was the largest county-to-county migration recorded in the nation.
    Why did so many people make the move? There were probably many motives, but certainly chief among them was the desire to own a home and raise a family without breaking the bank.
    Consider this: the median price for a home in Los Angeles County is $449,000 as compared to $260,000 in the inland region. Many of our new residents were likely also enticed by the pleasant quality of life and diverse amenities our county’s communities have to offer.

    These new residents join the many students and workers, global corporations and entrepreneurs who are also growing, building and investing in San Bernardino County.
    Amazon.com has expanded to 1,400 workers since it invested in a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in San Bernardino.
    Cal State San Bernardino received a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct new research and recruit students into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

    New Model Colony, one of the largest master planned communities in Southern California, is moving forward once again bringing jobs, housing and schools to the region.
    Loma Linda University researchers, in partnership with George Mason University, have discovered a trail of biomarkers that may lead to early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, findings that could rank among the greatest medical achievements of the new century.
    Business is blooming in the High Desert with growing companies like Aviation Assurance and Tube Bending, Inc., and new companies like Dick’s Sporting Goods. Aviation Assurance is working with the county to explore tax incentives and take advantage of workforce assistance to facilitate their expansion.

    Our vast county has more to offer than affordability; we are a wealth of opportunity in many ways.
    Creating greater opportunities depends on our ability to work together to build a brighter future. We must support collaboration between the private and public sector.
    Moreover, we can do our part as a public agency by providing a foundation of transparency and certainty to those who seek to invest here.
    There are challenges ahead of us, to be sure. But this county has something else in its favor — a well-defined and comprehensive Countywide Vision. The Vision shapes how we plan for transportation, schools and water as well as how we work hand in hand with our residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations to encourage a greater quality of life and a positive economic environment.

    The annual State of the County event is one of the ways we build those connections and collaborations. On Wednesday, the county’s Board of Supervisors and countywide elected officials will be at Citizens Business Bank Arena to talk with business, government, health care, education and community leaders and to share how we can continue realizing the Countywide Vision by building on our successes, tackling our challenges and helping our residents and businesses find what they seek — an opportunity to succeed.

    For information, go to www.sbcountyadvantage.com
    Supervisor Janice Rutherford is chair of the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. She represents the 2nd District.

    Creating opportunities depends on our ability to work together. We must support collaboration between the private and public sector.
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