Adelanto to Host Forum for City Businesses


By Staff Reports

(Adelanto)— With an eye on helping local businesses survive and thrive, Adelanto Mayor Rich Kerr is hosting a forum to help businesses learn about and take advantage of a host of services offered by San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department.

Set for Thursday, November 2 from 11:30 until 1 p.m. at City Hall, the forum will have Sal Monica, Business Services Representative, speak about the variety of services WDD offers for employers and prospective employees.  Lunch will be provided.

“When our local businesses succeed our community succeeds,” said Mayor Kerr, “but we have to know the challenges our businesses face and provide resources to meet those challenges.”

One of the resources the Mayor wants to make sure local businesses take advantage of is the On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. This free program provides eligible companies reimbursement for up to 50% of a new hire’s wage while they are in training.  “For the County to provide 50% of an employee’s salary while they’re in training will enable that business to use the extra funds for technology or equipment upgrades,” said Kerr.

In addition to the OJT program the Workforce Development Department offers a variety of workshops for businesses to take advantage of including marketing, use of social media and a host of Human Resources topics.

“We’re focusing on a growing segment in our community and that’s manufacturing,” said Kerr.  Recent companies in manufacturing choosing the city to establish business include Korean-American Aircore Cookware and precast concrete fabrication plant Clark Pacific.

According to a report commissioned by WDD, “over the past decade California manufacturing – including in the Inland Empire – has faced tremendous challenges, as it has across the country. Ever cascading regulations have prevented the state from participating in the national manufacturing resurgence, which now appears to be slowing down as a result of weaker economic conditions and a strong dollar.

Manufacturing in the Inland Empire does retain some competitive advantages. The area still has lower costs, and a plentiful industrial workforce. Indeed, rather than decline since 2010, the County has actually picked up some manufacturing employment, although total industrial job levels remain well below historic levels.”

Adelanto is poised to lead the way for increased manufacturing.  The city boasts five Industrial Parks, including one of the largest areas of industrial land available for development in the High Desert with 11.41 square miles of land zoned for industrial and business zoning, ample vacant land in its 52 square miles, and a pro-business City Council, Adelanto is well positioned to accommodate future growth and development.

For those interested in attending the Forum, please contact Rachel Suraci to reserve a spot at:  (442) 249-1125 or by texting (760) 885-0037.

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