10:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

San Bernardino County attempted to show itself as a place for business opportunity in its annual State of the County address Wednesday evening.

The 11-minute presentation at the Million Air hangar at the San Bernardino International Airport featured only brief remarks by Josie Gonzales in her first address since she was chosen as Board of Supervisors chairwoman in January.

She introduced a short video outlining the business, educational and transportation strengths of the county and followed it with a brief mention of the county’s proposal to create a shared vision plan with the cities in the county.

Gonzales said business leaders will be a vital part of the effort.

“The partnering that must continue to take place as we work towards an economic recovery will only take place because of the intrinsic value you bring to San Bernardino County,” she said. “We can’t do this without you.”

The county has been working on the plan since last year when Supervisor Gary Ovitt, who preceded Gonzales as chairman, also mentioned it in his State of the County address.

The event included no mention of recent issues confronting the county such as a $122.5 million budget gap that could lead to layoffs and service cuts or renewed attention to a corruption scandal following last week’s plea deal with former Assessor Bill Postmus.

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