City Manager Al C. Boling
City Manager's Update - Winter 2016/17
Ontario offers many free events for families and visitors to enjoy throughout the holidays. Downtown Ontario is filled with joy as the streets along Euclid Avenue are lined with holiday decor provided by non-profit organizations: Christmas on Euclid Experience and the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau. As part of the celebrations downtown, the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will occur on December 2 at Ontario Town Square. To find the latest information on events occurring this holiday season, visit www.ChristmasOnEuclid.com.
This Fall, the Ontario City Council approved the Ontario’s Community College Promise Program. Ontario believes that all children within the City should have the opportunity to follow their dreams to attend a vocational or higher learning institution. To help fulfill this dream, the Ontario City Council established a scholarship program for high school graduates, which will provide free tuition for up to two consecutive years at a California community college of the student’s choice. The goal of this program is to expand access to higher education for students and support local economic and workforce development initiatives. For more information about the program or to apply, visit www.ontarioca.gov/education.
The City Council’s primary operating goal has been to Regain Local Control of the Ontario International Airport. On November 1, 2016, the City of Ontario and the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) celebrated the achievement of bringing the airport back to local control. The efforts now shift to working diligently to restore the region’s number one economic and jobs engine. Stay updated with the latest information regarding the airport, by visiting www.FlyOntario.com.
The Annual 5K Reindeer Run and Rudolph’s Dash will be held on December 10 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Ontario-Montclair Promise Scholars program and the City’s Youth Empowerment Scholarship. Information and registration for the race is available at www.ontario5krun.com.
Also occurring on December 10 will be a celebration of the City’s 125th Birthday, since its incorporation in 1891. Events for the celebration will occur in the morning during the Annual 5K Reindeer Run and Rudolph’s Dash, and an evening celebration at Ontario Town Square. Stay up to date with the latest information regarding the City’s Birthday through the City’s social media channels and at www.ontarioca.gov/125.
Finally, I would like to remind everyone to shop local and support our businesses not just during the holidays, but all year long. By shopping local you help businesses grow and create jobs in Ontario. The sales tax revenue also goes back to the community so we can put on amazing events, programs, and services to help our community thrive. Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.