The County of San Bernardino encompasses 24 unique and vibrant cities and towns. These cities represent the best of the region in terms of lifestyle, business, culture, education, and recreation.
To best understand what each city has to offer, we encourage you to read through our summaries. Then spend time getting to know each of the County’s dynamic and diverse communities.
Located in the western portion of the High Desert, the City of Adelanto promotes and encourages economic development opportunities within the 200 acres of city-owned property in the 15,000-acre Redevelopment Area. Some of the City’s advantages include: five Industrial Parks accommodating a variety of business and industrial needs, including sites ranging from three to 30 acres, many of which are improved; industrial Parks adjacent to or near Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA), which has active international multi-modal cargo services; a stable and dedicated workforce; land costs that are among the lowest in Southern California; and air quality regulations that are less restrictive than other areas in Southern California. Learn more at www.ci.adelanto.ca.us
G. Michael Milhiser
Interim City Manager
Adelanto Demographic Report
Apple Valley is a competitve site location alternative to the Souther California industrial market and ranks as one of California's "least-costly cities for doing business."
A 1.35 million square foot distribution center is expected to begin construction in 2017 in Apple Valley's 6,600-acre industrial specific plan area, adding hundreds more jobs to the region. The 106-acre parcel, presented by Watson Land Company, is located south of the 1.2 million square foot Walmart Distribution Center and the Fresenius Medical Care Tru Blu Logistics Center. Ulta Beauty, Carters, Osh Kosh B'Gosh, Jersey Mike's, Pieology and Jimmy John's recently opened their first stores in the region here.
Apple Valley provides efficient and collaborative concierge-services in its efforts to attract and retain companies. With a sustainable water supply, skilled lower-cost workforce,and pro-business climate, Apple Valley offers a golden opportunity for your next project. For more information, visit www.applevalley.org.
Economic Development and Housing
Apple Valley Demographic Report
The city of Barstow, located at the intersection of Interstate 15 and Interstate 40, is an essential crossroads of the regional, statewide and national distribution network. To the south, the I-15 leads to the San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego markets. To the north, the I-15 goes to Las Vegas and then north to Canada, interconnecting with all transcontinental interstates. The I-40 travels generally due east through the Sunbelt until intersects with I-95 in North Carolina. Barstow is also the western division point for the BNSF and the UP railroads' transcontinental mainline. The Barstow Industrial Park, which includes more than 1,200 acres, as well as the recently developed Crossroads Route 66 Industrial Park, offers afordable sites for build-to-suit industrial and logistics users in immediate proximity to the City's extensive freeway network. The City Economic Development Office can provide site information, access to utility company representatives, contact with college officials who can design customized training programs, introductions to city representatives, exploration of locational incentives and employee recruitment. The CIty will also provide other resources tailored to organizational needs. For more information, visit www.barstowca.org.
Economic Development & Planning Manager
Barstow Demographic Report
The City of Big Bear Lake is known for its natural beauty and crisp, clean, alpine air. Located 45 miles northeast of Ontario International Airport in the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Lake covers 3,000 surface acres and contains 23 miles of shoreline. At the center of Big Bear Lake is the "Village," which hosts a variety of restaurants, family owned shops, and art galleries. Approximately two hours from Los Angeles or Palm Springs, Big Bear Lake offers numberous recreational opportunities including boating, sailing, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, golfing, skiing and snowboarding. Big Bear Lake hosts numerous events throughout the year including Old Miners' Days, Oktoberfest, concerts, bicycle races, triathlons, maratons, art festivals, car shows, trout classics, and ski/snowboard competitions. For more information, please visit http://www.citybigbearlake.com/ .
James J. Miller
Community Development Director
909.866.5831 ext. 137
Big Bear Lake Demographic Report
Welcome to Chino, we are ready to help you succeed with your business endeavors. Chino is best known for its small town charm and prime Southern California location. Nestled in the western Inland Empire in San Bernardino County, Chino borders Los Angeles and Riverside Counties and is only 2 miles from the border of Orange County. This location offers access to international shipping ports, large fulfillment centers, private and international airports, and access to major freeways. Chino is one of California’s fastest growing cities. We are a business friendly community with unified community vision that values business growth, inclusion, safety and innovation. This vision is a part of a larger partnership with Chino residents, businesses, and community and economic development partners. Chino attracts a wide array of businesses because of its diversity. Our highly skilled workforce and outstanding infrastructure create a desirable business environment. Chino’s leadership has created a “business friendly” environment where its staff offers business development services, streamlined permit processing, and customer oriented staff looking to serve your needs. The City has demonstrated a commitment to economic success and excellence in service delivery designed to facilitate growth and prosperity. Welcome to Chino where we are Business Friendly, Community Strong. Visit www.cityofchino.org/ for more information.
Christopher S. Kennedy
Community Development Manager
Chino Demographic Report
Chino Hills is well known for its high quality of life and beautiful rural atmosphere. The community, with its growing population of 74,799, boasts 3,000 acres of publicly-owned open space, 40 parks, and 38 miles of trails. Chino Hills’ reputation as a premier City is evident -- Money Magazine ranked Chino Hills 8th on the list of “Best Places to Live,” and the city was named the 13th Safest City in the United States. Chino Hills has the 6th highest median household income in the US at $100,371. Chino Hills is home to a professional workforce. Nearly 42.9% of Chino Hills’ adult residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher (2007-2011 data). The community ranks among the top 17 Southern California cities in its share of residents employed as scientists, professionals or managers. Chino Hills’ strong demographics and its location at the convergence of Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties make it attractive to developers and businesses. For more information, visit www.chinohills.org/economicdevelopment.
Community Development Director
Chino Hills Demographic Report
The City of Colton encompasses approximately 18 square miles of fertile valley nestled against the scenic San Gorgonio Mountains. A comprehensive transportation network, a skilled, ready-to-work labor pool and a viable partnership between business and City government contribute vitality to established commerce. Available sites and a “can-do” attitude toward economic development make Colton attractive for successful relocation and for new enterprise. As we move forward, we continue to build on a solid foundation rich in history and our long-standing community values. We're a city moving ahead – with confidence. Colton has a well-balanced and diversified economy and is home to a variety of manufacturing, service, retail and distribution companies, including Con-Agra Milling; McNeilus Truck; Williams Furnace; Telco Food Products; Al's Garden Art; U.S. Express; Jon-Lin, Inc.; Ashley Furniture; Arrowhead regional Medical Center, a new, and state-of-the-art medical facility. Colton is strategically located at the juncture of the I-10 and I-215 freeways, in the heart of the Inland Empire, and is well-suited to serve the larger Southern California marketplace. Colton offers tremendous freeway access; rail service from both the BNSF and Union Pacific railroads; service from nine major nearby truck terminals and more than 80 independent trucking firms; and close proximity by freeway to LA/Ontario International Airport, as well as the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Visit www.coltonca.gov.
Arthur W. Morgan
Economic Development Manager
Colton Demographic Report
The City of Fontana is one of the most populous cities in San Bernradino County with an estimated growing residential population of 210,000. The City's incorporated area covers 36 square miles, with a sphere of influence of 54.2 square miles. Fontana is considered one of Southern California's most important regional hubs for the trucking industry, with the 10 and 210 Freeways transecting the city from east to west and Interstate 15 passing diagonally through its northwestern quadrant. The City boasts a diverse transportation network that allows for the efficient movement of people and commerce. The Metrolink commuter rail service to the greater Los Angeles area runs through the center of town. In addition, the City of Fontana is only 10 minutes away from the Ontario International Airport. Fontana is committed to supporting and assisting businesses to thrive every step of the way and prides itself with an "Open for Business" philosophy. For those seeking outdoor opportunities, there are currently 41 parks and 13 recreation facilities available to use with a variety of amenities for sports enthusiasts. Fontana also hosts the Fontana Days Half Marathon, which is regarded as the fastest half-marathon in the world. The City is fortunate to have two major medical facilities within its boundaries-Kaiser Permanente and San Antonio Medical Plaza. It is also home to many major distribution centers, including Target Warehouse& Distribution; LG electronics; Mercedes -Benz; Southern California Edison; Home Shopping Network, and Avery Dennison. For more information visit us at www.fontana.org/index.aspx.
Fontana Demographic Report
Money Magazine recently named Grand Terrace one of the top 100 best places to live in the U.S. because we offer the best combination of economic opportunity, good schools, quality housing, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community. The reasonable cost of living and attractive “small town” quality of life means it is easier to retain a qualified workforce. The #1 reason families settle in an area is the performance of the schools. The City of Grand Terrace has the highest performing elementary and middle schools in the local school district. In 2011, a $125 million high school will open in the City as a Technology Magnet School. Also known as the “Blue Mountain City,” Grand Terrace enjoys marvelous views and is bordered on the east and west by scenic, mountainous open space. We are about creating a sustainable, desirable community where businesses and families can explore and prosper. The City offers: a supportive Mayor and City Council; one of the lowest crime rates in the two-county area; a well-maintained infrastructure; no utility taxes for businesses or residents; a stable budget in the face of a changing economy; and low water rates with an ample water supply. Visit www.cityofgrandterrace.org.
G. Harold Duffey
909.824.6621 ext. 240
Grand Terrace Demographic Report
Known for being a city of progress, Hesperia is built on a strong economic foundation supported by good access to key markets, a young and growing population, a strategic location and low living and operating costs. The City is a great location for any business, specifically retail, logistics, and manufacturing and provides outstanding benefits through its newly- awarded Enterprise Zone. Located at the top of the Cajon Pass, this commuter-friendly location is situated on I-15 and Highway 395, a major corridor linking Southern California with Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington to the Canadian border. Hesperia’s Enterprise Zone is a significant business attraction, retention and expansion tool. Businesses in the Hesperia Enterprise Zone are eligible for substantial benefits, such as $37,440 or more in state tax credits for each qualified employee hired. Lenders to an Enterprise Zone business may receive a net interest deduction, up-front expensing of certain depreciable property and more. Go to Enterprise Zone to learn more. For more information, www.cityofhesperia.us/econdev.
Interim Economic Development Director
Hesperia Demographic Report
The City of Highland is a suburban community located in the beautifully scenic foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. At the turn if the 20th century, the citrus industry was booming in Southern California and the City of Highland flourished; bearing rich citrus roots in Highland's historic culture. In the 1940's, residential development soared with to the development of the Norton Airforce Base; setting the pattern for future development. Whenthe base closed in 1994, the opportunity to develop an International airport arose; which will one day support regional passenger services and international cargo transport. The City of Highland is dedicated to creating communities abundant with family oriented amenities for its citizens and a strong infrastructure to better serve its residents. With its multifarious community tails system, Highland has breathtaking views overlooking the Inland Empire Valley, creating a picturesque scene for future residential developments; including Lewis Group of Company's Harmony and Sunland Communities' Mediterra. Higland is excited to create sustainable communities to call home, provide the finest schooling facilities served by both San Bernardino and Redlands Unified School Districts, provide small business growth as well as attract larger prosperous business. Welcome Home to Highland! For information, visit www.ci.highland.ca.us.
Highland Demographic Report
Loma Linda has a history of being a health-conscious community. The tradition of promoting food health has continued over the years. In 1993, Loma Linda became the first “smoke-free” city in San Bernardino County. A prosperous city of 23,261, the city has some of the highest median incomes and highest average home prices in San Bernardino County (2010 estimate). Loma Linda offers residents an alternative to the intense, often anonymous lifestyle that is so characteristic of modern life. Loma Linda is home to the world famous Loma Linda University and Medical Center. The Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital contain the largest neonatal intensive care unit in California, the Proton Accelerator Cancer treatment Center and the infant heart and multiple organ transplant center. Over 900 physicians are on the University and Medical Center staff. Visit www.lomalinda-ca.gov/.
Assistant City Manager
City of Loma Linda
Loma Linda Demographic Report
Located at the western edge of Southern California’s Inland Empire, at the convergence of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Montclair includes a 10-mile trade area of nearly one million people with a median household income above $75,000 and an educated population of over 54 percent. Montclair has a number of key sites ready for development. The City of Montclair is showcasing the North Montclair Downtown Specific Plan, with the goal of transforming approximately 150 vacant and infill acres into a new urban transit village. The City has numerous sites available and is recruiting developers experienced in building urban, mixed-use projects. The Agency implements strategies and services that will create an environment in which business can develop and prosper. It strives to create opportunities for business attraction by targeting certain growth segments of the business community -- retail, office, light manufacturing and entertainment-related businesses. While the Agency faces many new challenges to maximize the growth potential of the City's economic base, it continues to achieve strong financial success in expanding the City's revenue base by working closely with businesses. For more information, go to www.cityofmontclair.org.
Marilyn J. Staats
Deputy City Manager/Director
Office of Economic Development
Montclair Demographic Report
The City of Needles is located in the heart of the lower Colorado River and is bordered by Arizona and Nevada. The Community was founded in 1883 and incorporated in 1913. Needles, CA is defined by its rich history in the railroad industry, as part of Historic Route 66 and as a tourism mecca for those seeking to play on the Colorado River. The community itself is home to 5,000 people while the Colorado River Region is home to about 110,000.
The City of Needles is located along Interstate 40 where as many as 15,000 cars a day travel through the community providing economic opportunities for businesses serving the traveling community as well as tourists to the region. In fact, retail demand within the City itself exceeds $67 million annually and some $1.8 billion of retail sales occur within the regional economy.
With some 350+ days of sunshine, Needles, California is truly a Desert Oasis. The community welcomes and is actively seeking investment from housing developers, renewable energy generators, hoteliers, retailers/restaurants and logistic/distribution/warehouse type businesses.
Welcome to Needles, California... a Desert Oasis along the Colorado River where family and friends are the fabric of our community. www.cityofneedles.com
760.326.2113 ext. 313
Needles Demographic Report
The City of Ontario, is building a Complete Community with urban lifestyle districts that create sustainable places to live, work and play. Located just 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, the City of Ontario is ideally situated as Southern California’s gateway. With three major interstates, two railroads and the Ontario International Airport, Ontario offers direct access from Los Angeles to the rest of California, and to North America. With approximately 170,000 residents and residential development on the rise, Ontario looks to double its population in the next 20 years making it one of the 100 most populated Cities in the nation. Ontario works very closely with its five area school districts, local community colleges and universities, trade and vocational schools, to provide a highly skilled workforce. Complementing its business and residential core, Ontario dazzles with its amenities such as the Ontario Convention Center, Citizens Business Bank Arena, and the Ontario Mills Mall. To find out more information about the advantages of doing business in Ontario, California visit www.ontariothinksbusiness.com or call 909.395.2005. You can also follow us on twitter at @OntarioEDA.
Economic Development Director
Ontario Demographic Report
Crowned by majestic mountains and highlighted by scenic views, tree-lined neighborhoods and a comfortable climate, Rancho Cucamonga is one of Southern California’s most prestigious communities. Easily accessible from three major freeways (Interstate 10 to the south; Interstate 15 to the east; and the 210 freeway to the north), this pro-business community is home to numerous national and international corporations representing all major business sectors. Rancho Cucamonga is also a shopping destination, featuring the Victoria Gardens lifestyle center that offers some of the best high-end shopping in the area. In addition to its diverse business base, Class A commercial facilities and a highly-educated and talented workforce, Rancho Cucamonga is also known for its outstanding quality of life. Recognized as one of the 50 “Best Places to Live” in the United States, Rancho Cucamonga offers its 177,000 residents a clean, comfortable, and safe environment in which to live, work, play and shop, and is quickly becoming the community of choice. For information about the City and its business/housing programs including third-party electrical certification program, Rancho Advantage (Pre-Submittal Planning) and first-time homebuyer’s program, visit http://www.cityofrc.us/.
Deputy City Manager
Rancho Cucamonga Demographic Report
The City of Redlands has embarked on an ambitious multi-phase project to reinvest in the City's historic downtown core, rehabilitating major streets and sidewalks, adding landscaping and identifiable gateway statements and reinvigorating Ed Hales Park to create a new, pedestrian-friendly gathering spot in the center of the City's downtown shopping area. The reinvestment in the Redlands Downtown core has been identified as a high priority by the City Council and the City Manager. The project is in keeping with several of the City Council's stated goals, including “A Community with superior public and physical assets” and “An economically and culturally vibrant downtown that reflects our heritage and Spirit.” The City's investment in the downtown is intended to create jobs and economic activity within Redlands by enriching the business district and enhancing the excellent restaurants, specialty shopping and community pride that are central to Redlands' character. Redlands has a wonderful downtown environment with quality dining, shopping and entertainment, as well as community functions such as the Saturday Farmers Market, Market Night, Bicycle Classic, Run Through Redlands and Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. Visit www.cityofredlands.org/.
Project Manager II
Program Manager I
Redlands Demographic Report
Rialto's central Southern California location provides better access, exposure, and affordability. The City's strategic location has encouraged development of more than 11 million square feet of industrial space in the past five years. Of the new industrial space, more than 300,000 square feet were LEED registered buildings. Rialto is one of the few western Inland Empire cities with the capacity for a significant amount of new industrial development. Business advantages include: 50% lower lease rates than Orange County; 35% lower lease rates than Los Angeles; 15% lower lease rates than many west Inland Empire cities; access to four major freeways; freight and passenger rail; and a skilled and low cost workforce.
Director of Development Services
Rialto Demographic Report
The City of San Bernardino is one of southern California's most historic communities. Incorporated in 1854, its 215,000 residents make it the second largest municipality in the Inland Empire and the 17th largest in California. As the county seat, the city is located in one of the country's fastest growing regions and central to the southern California goods movement to the rest of the United States. The city is located at the convergence of the I-10, Highway 60 and I-210 freeways to Los Angeles, the I-215 to San Diego, and connecting to Highway 91 to Orange County. San Bernardino has been at the center of the Southland goods movement since the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads reached the city back in 1875. Today, San Bernardino is home to the BNSF Intermodal railroad depot and the San Bernardino International Airport. Several colleges and universities are located within the city or in close proximity, incliuing California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino Valley College, University of California, Riverside, Loma Linda University, and University of Redlands. San Bernardino is the gateway to the San Bernardino Mountains, home to several ski resorts, numerous lakes and many other outdoor recreation opportunities. Strategically situated in Southern California, the city is an ideal place for business with a low cost of doing business, access to a skilled workforce and many quality commercial properties to choose from. Visit www.sbcity.org to learn more about your opportunities in the City of San Bernardino.
Cruz Esparza IV
Economic Development Manager
San Bernardino Demographic Report
The City of Twentynine Palms has experienced rapid population growth within the last two decades, which is expected to continue due to the expansion of the adjacent Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, the world’s largest Marine base. One of the main industries in the City is tourism, with nearby Joshua Tree National Park attracting more than 1.6 million visitors annually. New hotels have been built in the City, and additional hotels are in the planning stages. Several market and leakage studies reveal a need for more retail and restaurant development. It is clear why the City of Twentynine Palms is an ideal location for any industry because of its strong population growth, unmet consumer demands, available employees and affordable housing. The city works closely with county, state and federal agencies that provide loan programs and tax credits to job-creating businesses. The team can analyze a business plan and determine if there is a partnership opportunity for the City/Redevelopment Agency to leverage. Visit www.ci.twentynine-palms.ca.us
Assistant City Manager
760.910.3886 ext. 1014
Twentynine Palms Demographic Report
Conveniently located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the west end of San Bernardino County, Upland offers an unparalleled quality of life in Southern California's Inland Empire. Known for being a city rich in heritage and community spirit, this well-established and affluent community offers its residents, businesses and visitors a variety of shopping experiences, business opportunities, friendly neighborhoods and stunning landscapes. The success of the business community is vital to Upland's ability to continue to provide superior services. Upland is committed to supporting and assisting businesses in all matters, including expansion, relocation and retention. The Restaurant Attraction/Incentive Program has been established to rehabilitate commercial structures within a project area by providing financial assistance to restaurant owners interested in establishing a sit-down, full service restaurant in the City of Upland. The Discover Upland Program is a collaborative advertising program to expand the exposure of businesses in Upland while educating the public about the importance of spending money in Upland to support City services. Through this economic development program, the City continues to urge its residents to “Shop Upland” as a way to support crucial local services, such as fire protection, library services, parks and street repairs. For information, visit, www.ci.upland.ca.us.
Development Services Manager
Upland Demographic Report
Located just 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles, the City of Victorville is a booming community in the High Desert region of Southern California with a population just over 116,000. Victorville has become a retail destination with its Restaurant Row, Autopark at Valley Center and Mall of Victor Valley. These retail hubs serve an expanding population of over 400,000 within a 30 minute drive. Macys, JC Penney, Sears, Cinemark and Dick’s Sporting Goods anchor the Mall of Victor Valley, the only mall within the region. The Autopark at Valley Center continues expansion along the western and eastern boundaries of Interstate-15 with Ram Trucks building a new dealership and Valley-Hi Toyota building a new headquarters and showroom for its existing dealership. Restaurant Row features 14 restaurants with the latest addition of BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse opening earlier this year.
Victorville is also home to one of the largest development projects in the County of San Bernardino at Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA). SCLA is a 5,000-acre complex that combines aviation, industrial, manufacturing and commercial development. The complex has drawn world class companies such as Boeing, GE Aviation, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, M&M/Mars, United Furniture Industries and Newell Rubbermaid. The latest business to relocate to Victorville is Arden Companies, which will take occupancy of part of a new 447,740 square foot facility at SCLA in Fall 2016. Along with available land at affordable prices, SCLA features Foreign Trade Zone #243 and an on-site U.S. Customs Port of Entry to provide international companies with immediate global access in San Bernardino County.
Industrial development is also taking place in the southeast corner of the city at Foxborough Industrial Park, a 233-acre complex that includes companies such as Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, ConAgra Foods, Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer’s parent company) and Nutro Products. Foxborough provides manufacturers and distribution companies with immediate rail access through its dedicated rail spur. For more information on why Victorville is an ideal location for your business, visit our website at www.victorvillecity.com.
Sophie L. Smith
Economic Development Division Head
Victorville Demographic Report
Located 75 miles east of Los Angeles, Yucaipa is a mature, well-established community with cleaner air and cooler temperatures as a result of the higher elevations. The city’s comprehensive approach to community safety has produced one of the lowest crime rates for comparably-sized cities anywhere in the state. Amongst its recreational and community amenities, Yucaipa contains a 200-acre regional park with three lakes for swimming, boating, and fishing, plus campgrounds and playgrounds for the entire family. Yucaipa is a highly desirable location for new investments. With four miles of mostly-undeveloped frontage on I-10, Yucaipa offers exceptional development opportunities to new or expanding businesses. The City's immediate market area population currently exceeds 52,176 residents, with a median age of 38 and a median household income of $50,734, based on 2012 demographic data. Local government is business friendly and fiscally sound -- there are no utility taxes levied on residents or businesses, and recent improvements to wastewater treatment and water supply systems provide adequate capacity to meet almost any need. An ambitious program to revitalize the Uptown Business District is currently underway with the Yucaipa Redevelopment Agency, and Agency assistance with other commercial/industrial development projects may be available. Visit www.yucaipa.org.
Director of Community Development
909.797.2489 ext. 247
Yucaipa Demographic Report
Yucca Valley is a Southern California high desert community (elevation 3,300 ft.) that lies conveniently between the San Bernardino Mountains and the Joshua Tree National Park. Located about 25 minutes from Palm Springs, the town is characterized by moderate temperatures, clean air and amazingly starry nights. Situated on State Highway 62 where it is intersected by State Highway 247, Yucca Valley is the hub of the Morongo Basin communities and features a host of recreational opportunities and tourist attractions. The community is a frequent stop for travelers en route to Colorado River vacation destinations. With its rich western and mining heritage, Yucca Valley has maintained its small town atmosphere while experiencing recent residential and commercial growth. Voters approved incorporation in 1991 and the community has thrived under local rule ever since. Visit www.yucca-valley.org.
Deputy Town Manager
760.369.6575 ext. 305
Yucca Valley Demographic Report