The City Council’s top priority for 2013 remains the
successful transfer of Ontario International Airport to local
control. This change in ownership to those with a vested
interest in the Airport’s success is the best way to stimulate
the local economy and create new job opportunities in the
Inland Empire. Thanks to the Ontario City Council’s
persistence and your support, our Set ONTario Free
campaign has received endorsements from over 130
governments, organizations and prominent officials
throughout Southern California. In fact, approximately 50
communities in Los Angeles County have now joined our
coalition. For the latest Airport endorsements, please visit
the campaign website at
or on
Facebook at “SetONTarioFree.”
The City continues to partner with local school districts
as the City Council has placed a high priority on preparing
future generations of Ontario residents for success in the
workforce. The City’s participation in the Promise Scholars
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program is one example of this partnership. The Promise
Scholars initiative prepares young adults to compete in a
knowledge-based global economy and contribute productively
to the communities in which they live. To better prepare for the
future, K-12 schools must work with local government,
businesses, higher education institutions, and other
organizations to build a workforce with 21st century skills. For
students in Ontario, this means they must complete high school
and have access to a post-secondary education – a community
college, specialized technical program, college, or university.
By building a college pipeline from elementary, middle, and
high school to a post-secondary education, Promise Scholars
helps students aspire to, and achieve more: More technical
skills; more educational attainment; more drive and ambition for
the future; and more success. This all translates to higher
economic growth and a higher standard of living for those living
in Ontario and the Inland Empire.
On March 20th, the Ontario Mayor and City Council will
once again host the State of the City. Ontario’s State of the City
is an opportunity for our Mayor and City Council to celebrate the
success of the prior year and share Ontario’s vision for future
economic prosperity. Each year our Council creates an event
aimed to further the City’s commitment to business retention,
attraction and job growth. This event is one of our most
important opportunities to showcase Ontario’s many strengths
and attract new growth to the City of Ontario. More information
is available at
or call our Economic
Development Agency at 909-395-2081.
Finally, please “Like” us
on our City Facebook page
(City of Ontario – Southern
California) and follow us
on Twitter (@cityofontario).
These social media channels
provide a great way to stay
informed about City activities
and community news.
Chris Hughes,
City Manager
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