City Manager Al C. Boling
City Manager's Update - Spring 2017
The Ontario City Council continues to amplify the existing community momentum--providing quality municipal services, programs and projects to build a better tomorrow for the residents and businesses of Ontario.
Ontario remains committed to investing in infrastructure and transportation improvements that better serve not just our city but the Inland Empire region. In February, the City Council, in partnership with the County of San Bernardino, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, and Union Pacific Railroad, officially dedicated the completion of the South Milliken Avenue Grade Separation Project. This three-year, $78 million dollar project will mitigate traffic congestion, cut response times for public safety first responders, and reduce vehicle emissions through the successful elimination of the at-grade train/street crossing. We appreciate the patience exercised by local businesses and residents during the construction period and look forward to the long-term project benefits.
Our historic downtown is alive with enhancements and new businesses spurring growth back to the area. We are excited to share the completion of landscape renovations at the Ontario Museum of History & Art and installation of two new monument signs which were added to the Museum grounds. These monument signs serve as wayfinding for visitors and make a dramatic, visual statement in the rejuvenated arts district. Enjoy touring the new Museum grounds, learn about our City's history, take in the sensory delights of ever-changing museum exhibits, and then stroll Downtown; visit the library, Town Square, the Conservation Park; and shop at your favorite local business or dine at a restaurant with local flair.
In partnership with the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ontario leads the way in attracting visitors to the region. The newly-opened addition of Fashion Alley at Ontario Mills now includes a California Welcome Center with directions, services, souvenirs, and opportunities to learn about all that Ontario and the Inland Empire has to offer for our visitors. The Welcome Center also offers information about exciting events, sports and entertainment options through electronic visual displays and interactive digital screens. As we welcome visitors to the region, we would like to invite the community to take part in cheering on the 2017 Amgen Tour of California, marking the third time hosting a stage of this Tour de France style cycling road race here in Ontario. Join us Thursday, May 18 at the Ontario Convention Center.
Finally, our annual State of the City event will be held on March 29, 2017 at the Ontario Convention Center. For more information or to view featured videos from previous years, visit www.ontariosoc.com. We look forward to working with the community in building a better tomorrow together.