Economic Development Programs and Incentives

Welcome! If you’re doing business or looking to locate in the County of San Bernardino, then you’re part of a dynamic economy. Our Business Services Team is here to keep our economy healthy and growing. By working together with all sectors, we can attract new business and industry to the region while supporting and strengthening existing firms.

 

For a list of our services as well as information about business licenses, the permitting process, and taxes, please see Your Business in San Bernardino County

It’s all about doing what we can to help your business grow and thrive. Below are incentives offered to new and existing businesses:
 


Workforce Development Department (WDD) Business Assistance Programs

WDD programs can assist with hiring and training new employees, as well as develop customized programs to meet your current workforce needs. Services include worker recruitment and advertising, tax credit verification for hired applicants, and space to conduct interviews.

For more information about these programs, please visit our Business Services Workforce Recruitment and Screening page, the Workforce Development Department website, or contact:

Brad Gates
Deputy Director
San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department
Tel: (909) 387-9841
E-mail: Bradley.Gates@wdd.sbcounty.gov


Enterprise Zones

Within San Bernardino County, there are three Enterprise Zones:

Enterprise Zones are a State of California program that offer hiring tax credits, sales-use tax credits, and net operating loss carryover. Detailed information can be found by visiting the websites above for each zone, or at our brief summary of location-based incentives.


Local Agency Military Base Recovery Area (LAMBRA)

The County of San Bernardino has two LAMBRAs that offer the same incentives:

Within LAMBRA areas, businesses can apply for similar incentives found in Enterprise Zones. Detailed information can be found at our brief summary of location-based incentives.



Recycling Market Development Zones (RMDZ)

The RMDZ program is a geographically based program that provides incentives in the form of loans, technical assistance, and free product marketing to businesses that use waste materials to manufacture their products. San Bernardino County has four RMDZ's:

  • San Bernardino County Zone administrator Kelly Reenders - (909) 387-4700. Includes the cities of Colton, Montclair, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, San Bernardino, Yucaipa, and adjacent unincorporated communities.
  • Chino Valley Zone Administrator Cruz Esparza IV - (909) 590-5500. Includes the industrial-zoned areas of the cities of Chino and Chino Hills.
  • High Desert Zone Administrator John Davis - (909) 797-7717. Includes the five municipalities of Apple Valley, Barstow, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, and Yucca Valley.
  • Hesperia Zone Administrator Steven Lantsberger - (760) 947-1906.


 

Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ)

A Foreign Trade Zone is a secure, access-restricted Customs & Border Protection privileged area in or near a U.S. Port of Entry where merchandise, both domestic and foreign, may be admitted for storage, manipulation, manufacturing, exhibition, and/or destruction duty-free. Foreign Trade Zones are designated and licensed by the FTZ Board under the direction of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Click here for an overview of program benefits. The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) and the Foreign Trade Zone Board websites contain additional information.

 

Most developable land within the County is within three designated Foreign Trade Zones. Contact us or the zone administrators below to activate your manufacturing facility:

  • FTZ #50 covers the San Bernardino International Airport and portions of San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. To operate in or receive designation as a site within FTZ #50, please contact the grantee: Board of Harbor Commissioners of the Port of Long Beach, Diana Lam-Brandt, Administrative Analyst, (562) 283-7757, diana.lam-brandt@polb.com.
  • FTZ #202 covers a portion of San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties. The Redlands Business Park (277-acre master planned business park) and the Chino South Business Park (6711 Bickmore Avenue, Chino) are two current sites within FTZ #202. To operate in or receive designation as a site, please contact the grantee: Board of Harbor Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles, Masashi Morimoto, FTZ 202 Manager, (310) 732-3843, mmorimoto@portla.org.
  • FTZ #243 covers the Southern California Logistics Airport and various sites in the cities of Ontario, Chino, and Rialto. To operate in or receive designation as a site, please contact the grantee: City of Victorville, Tracy Foster, FTZ Manager, (760) 241-6425, tfoster@ci.victorville.ca.us.


EB-5 VISA: Attracting Foreign Investment

As an incentive to investing within the County and the American economy in general, foreign nationals may receive permanent resident status through qualified investments in new commercial enterprises.  A foreign national may obtain an EB-5 Visa through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services after a qualified investment of at least $1,000,000, or $500,000 if invested in a designated Regional Center. For frequently asked questions, please click here.


Electric Utility Programs
 

Several electric utilities in the County offer incentive programs and rebates, especially for energy efficiency initiatives. Please visit the Power section to learn more about available programs.




Southern California Gas Company (So Cal Gas)

Businesses can take advantage of utility assistance, energy efficiency, and rebate programs from the Southern California Gas Company. For more information, please contact:

Kristine Scott
Public Affairs Manager
So Cal Gas Company
Tel:  (909) 335-7941
E-mail:  kscott@semprautilities.com


State of California Assistance and Incentive Programs

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and more. The California Investment Guide also provides an overview of State advantages, assistance, taxes and permits. For more information, please contact:

Jeff Malin 
Senior Business Development Specialist (Southern California)
California Business Investment Services (CalBIS)
Tel: (213) 620-2978

E-mail: jeff.malin@gov.ca.gov