By Staff Reports
(Victorville)–There was standing room only at the Chamber’s State of Victorville Address on Wednesday morning. Over 300 business people watched newly elected Mayor Jim Cox give the annual address.
The State of Victorville was a three-part presentation with former Mayor McEachron highlighting accomplishments in 2012, City Manager Doug Robertson addressing misconceptions on past issues, and Mayor Cox outlining his plans for the future.
Bringing more jobs to the High Desert was a prominent theme for Mayor Cox. With St. Joseph Health, St. Mary breaking ground it’s estimated to bring over 1,200 construction jobs with permanent staffing positions to follow upon completion. Two new county buildings will also be locating in Victorville. Retail is improving with Macy’s, JCP and new exterior/interior renovations to the mall.
Updates were given on new activities at SCLA, expansions elsewhere in the city, national recognition for Victor Valley Community Hospital and various road improvements. The conclusion is – Things are looking up for Victorville!
Key City Highlights and Points
St. Joseph Health, St. Mary’s broke ground on a $260 million hospital, including the first trauma center in the High Desert. The complex is expected to open in 2016 and bring more than 1,200 construction jobs to the area over the next 4 years.
Walmart completed construction on a 193,000 square foot new center in September.
The Mall of Victor Valley underwent exterior and interior façade improvement in 2012.
JC Penney’s relocated to a renovated 100,000 square foot anchor in the Mall of Victor Valley in October.
Construction on Macy’s 100,000 square foot anchor location continued in 2012, with the store opening in March 2013.
Panera Bread opened a new restaurant in January.
In July, Church & Dwight, the parent company of Arm & Hammer, moved into a 450,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility at Foxborough Industrial Park, bringing approx. 100 jobs.
Newell Rubbermaid completed construction on a 176,800 square foot expansion of their facility at SCLA in December 2012. The updated facility is now over 584,000 square feet and the company will add 60 more jobs in 2013 because of the expansion.
SCLA’s Industrial development generated over $200,000 in permitting fees with $90,000 going to local area school districts in 2012.
SCLA had 33,556 military troops rotate through the airport in 2012 • Over 50 tons of cargo passed through SCLA in 2012.
SCLA has 63,265 airport aircraft operations recorded in 2012. This includes all landings, takeoffs and touch & go’s.
In 2012, 8,196 overflight aircraft operations were recorded at SCLA, which includes flights that did not land at SCLA but passed through our airspace and were in contact with SCLA’s control tower.
In March, SCLA tenants Boeing and Pacific Aerospace Resources & Technology (PART) signed a 10 year contract for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance with Boeing’s Gold Care Program.
Air National Guard’s 163rd Reconnaissance Wing completed construction in June on a $5 million hangar facility built specifically for the MQ – 1 Predator.
SCLA currently employs over 2,100 people