San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane published this interesting oppinion piece about his county’s support of private enterprise. It was published yesterday in The San Bernardino Sun. I particularly appreciate his mention of the San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone.
The San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone was designated effective as of October 15, 2006. Based on my own quick review of the zone’s qualifying street address ranges, I see at least the following communities mentioned: Colton City, San Bernardino City, Muscoy, Highland, Bloomington, Crestmore, Rialto,Fontana, Grand Terrace, and Devore. If you have a business in the area, give me a call or send me an email. I’ll check your eligibility. Reach me at (800) 655-5281, ext. 101 or at vah@WOTCPlanet.com.
Here’s Supervisor Paul Biane’s article:
There has been a lot of talk about government job-creation efforts lately as our economy begins to slowly emerge from a very deep recession.
But the truth is government does not create jobs. Private enterprise does.
However, government can and does play a pivotal role in facilitating development and making it possible for private enterprise to produce employment opportunities that truly build our economy; i.e., they create wealth rather than taxing someone to pay for a public service.
The 970,000-square-foot Kohl’s online distribution center set to locate in the city of San Bernardino later this year is a good example of how local government can play a real role in creating jobs.
The San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency worked closely with the city to secure an Enterprise Zone designation for the property that Kohl’s later purchased.
A business located in an Enterprise Zone is entitled to multiple tax advantages, including a state income tax savings of about $37,000 per qualified employee over a five-year period.
The online distribution center is scheduled to open this summer and will employ about 500 full-time employees plus hundreds of temporary positions during the holidays.
Time is money, and sometimes time is what is needed to get a commitment from a business.
Late last year, Solar Atmospheres – the world leader in high-tech metal processing – approached the county about opening its first
West Coast facility in unincorporated Fontana. They had one condition. They wanted to be up and running in October 2010.
The county Department of Land Use Services worked to get the plans processed quickly, and Solar Atmospheres’ new facility – which will create about 30 long-term, good-paying jobs – is on track.
Redevelopment agencies can also be very useful tools when it comes to facilitating development that creates employment opportunities and builds our economy.
For example, the San Bernardino County Redevelopment Agency recently provided about $400,000 to help California Steel Industries (CSI) remove and replace two Kaiser Steel-era smokestacks with a more efficient and cleaner furnace that will increase the company’s steel production.
The agency is also providing financial support to help CSI with its plans to remove decades-old steel buildings so a business park can be developed on CSI’s campus in unincorporated Fontana.
The Redevelopment Agency’s support will help CSI improve production, reduce pollution, and create jobs, and this support will also increase the value to CSI’s property. That will mean more property tax revenue for the Redevelopment Agency to reinvest in other job-generating businesses.
The county Department of Workforce Development also has a number of services tailored to help local businesses succeed. The Workforce Development Department can post job ads for local businesses and can also pre-screen prospective employees to save businesses time and money in the hiring process.
About 400 large, small and medium size local businesses utilize this free service every month, saving them thousands of dollars they can use to grow and create additional employment opportunities.
San Bernardino County cannot create jobs, but the county can and is partnering with the business community to lay a solid foundation for real job creation.
San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane represents the 2nd District, which includes Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, most of Fontana and mountain communities from Mt. Baldy to Crestline and Lake Gregory. He is seeking re-election in the June 8 primary.