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SEP-OCT 2015

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Strengthening Infrastructure Infrastructure is one of the county's key attributes, and the county is continuing to work to both maintain and improve that infrastructure across the spectrum of transportation, energy and facilities. For example, the county has $4 billion worth of transportation related infrastructure projects under construction right now from freeway widening to new bridges, all of which will help to make the logistics industry more effi cient. One of the advantages that San Bernardino County offers is that a portion of its high desert communities are located in the Mojave Desert Air Quality District. In this district the air quality regulations are less stringent that in other parts of the state. . So, manufacturers are able to do things in San Bernardino that they might not be able to do in other parts of Southern California, such as the Valley or closer to Los Angeles. For example, aerospace manufacturers are able to paint aircraft. San Bernardino County also touts its growing supply of modern industrial facilities. At mid- year, there were about 19 million square feet of new industrial space under construction in the Inland Empire including both multi-tenant and build-to-suit facilities. In fact, the majority of industrial development occurring nationally is taking place in the Inland Empire, notes Krieger. Many of those new warehouse/distribution facilities are cutting edge with 36' clear height, cross docks for inbound and outbound loading and oversize truck courts for trailer storage. "We have found the county government to be very proactive in really assisting prospective companies with understanding the process and being hands-on," says Krieger. "They are seeing to it that the infrastructure investment that is occurring is suffi cient to keep pace with the demands of the industries that are really driving the market," he adds. In fact, San Bernardino County has been recognized twice in the past fi ve years with the annual "2013 Public Partner of the Year" presented by the NAIOP Inland Empire Chapter. The county works closely with its cities to make sure that business needs are met thoroughly and effi ciently in terms of building approvals, services and resources, says Olhasso. "We know that time is money, and we also want to help reduce corporate risk," she says. "When a corporate real estate executive makes a decision to locate to our county, we want them to know they made the right choice." Trident's expansion in San Bernardino County is part of a strategic move by the mobile device case manufacturer to onshore more than 50 percent of its business from China to Southern California. San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency 909-387-4700 San Bernardino County Economic Development Agency | Special Advertising Section | 4 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

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