Tuesday, October 25 2011
Open Board of Directors
San Bernardino Community College District
114 S. Del Rosa Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92408
Present: Carole Beswick, Ann Bryan, Rashelle Bussell, Ken Coate, Mark Kaenel, Neil Macready, John Magness, John Mirau, Tom Nightingale, Ty Schuiling, Larry Sharp, Steve von Rajcs, and Phil Waller.
Guests: Robbie Broedow and Steve Wall.
Announcements: 1) Mobility 21 has sent letters of support for the Devore Junction and other projects that have applied for TIGER Grants. 2) Best, Best & Krieger has been recommended for membership. Peter Barmack will serve as their representative.
M/S/P: Minutes of the October 18, 2011 meeting
Steve von Rajcs introduced Joe Farrell, Southern California Director of Marketing, U.P.S.
Joe Farrell directs the marketing strategy and business planning for a $2 billion UPS business area of California Nevada and Hawaii.
The area of Logistics is becoming increasingly complex. Logistics now requires well-trained personnel to handle the many changes in regulations, inventory management, and coordination/advancement of information technology. Industrial planning is needed for today’s successful business. The Inland Empire has advantages such as low cost per square foot, proximity to ports, airports and has major freeway access. We are held back, however by a work force that is unprepared. Supply chain management is a multi-trillion dollar industry and a good fit for the IE, but we must have an educated work force.
Taxes and duties in the U.S. need updating. Revisions that make sense will spur better business environments. The Inland Empire is well positioned for international business. In addition to airport access from both Ontario and San Bernardino we have a Free Trade Zone here that is available to big and small business. Many businesses fall into the international arena by accident or based on a one time need, but we need to encourage growth in this area. The demand outside U.S. borders is huge. These zones offer tax incentives that give businesses opportunities that are not available elsewhere.
The U.S. can again be a manufacturer, but must move from the past and integrate more automation and utilize facility maintenance. Facility maintenance is not janitorial. It is now much more involved with planning and repair of higher tech instruments, equipment and machinery.
A Q & A period followed.
Meeting adjourned at 8:35 a.m.