By Joe Nelson
joe.nelson@ @SBCountyNow on Twitter
Posted: 04/10/2013 06:29:11 PM PDT
Updated: 04/10/2013 09:01:26 PM PDT

ONTARIO — A rebounding economy. A more idealistic Board of Supervisors with a focus on ethics and good government. And most importantly, a Countywide Vision to ensure San Bernardino County residents, business owners and community leaders prosper for decades to come.

County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Janice Rutherford touched on the progress the county has made in the last three years following a succession of corruption scandals and the worst economic downturn in the county’s and nation’s history since the Great Depression during the annual State of the County event Wednesday at the Citizens Business Bank Arena.

“We have bright economic indicators, and our job now is to position the county so that as those indicators rise, we can fully capture the benefits of the next cycle,” Rutherford said. “That’s what San Bernardino County is about today. ”

State of the County is mainly a networking event where elected leaders and county movers and shakers can come together and share ideas on the county’s future. This year’s theme: Vision in Action, coined from the Countywide Vision implemented in June 2011 and pushed by county CEO Greg Devereaux.

“When I came to the county, the county itself did not have a vision for the future. What I told the Board (of Supervisors) was I don’t know how to do my job unless there’s a vision for this county,” said Devereaux, who was city manager in Ontario and Fontana.

Since implementation of the vision plan, Devereaux and county transportation officials held more than 20 community meetings countywide, brought in 25 panels of experts in different areas, from transportation to health care to education, to assess the county’s needs and lay out an action plan.

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