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Canan Tasci, Staff Writer
Posted: 07/16/2013 08:57:09 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO — County Board of Supervisor Chairwoman Janice Rutherford wants to start a task force that would help create a dialogue between investors and the county that would ultimately promote business here, she said Tuesday.

Rutherford’s idea came up Tuesday at a special study session, where officials revealed that while California is not necessarily a business-friendly state and lacks incentives for those wanting to create a business, good customer service and relationships will help attract those investors to this county and make them want to stay.

“I suspect that we have a lot of red tape in the county that we need to not cut, but eliminate,” she said. “Too often we have set up systems, where it works really well for the bureaucrats, but not well for business owner or investors.”

Rutherford’s plan comes at a time when county officials are saying that for the first time in five years the economy is starting to pick up. Because of that, the need is more urgent to start maximizing what the region has to offer.

One speaker discussed how foreign investment is starting to pick up and how those investors are looking to spend their money, she said.

The county’s Economic Development Agency Administrator Kelly Reenders led Tuesday’s presentation that detailed the services provided by the agency and how they could use those to strengthen the area’s economy and work force.

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