Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Created: 03/25/2010 09:32:41 PM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – If San Bernardino County wants to grow smart in coming years, it must ensure that quality medical care, education and infrastructure are in place and that economic opportunities are ripe for businesses.

But faced with an unemployment rate of 15 percent, some of the poorest performing schools in the country and a gloomy business climate, the county has its work cut out for it.

“Now we must begin the work of creating that vision,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Gary Ovitt said during Thursday’s State of the County Address at the Lewis Family Playhouse.

Following a short film that touched on the aforementioned issues, Ovitt stressed the county is well equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead, with new County Administrative Officer Greg Deveraux on board to help lay the groundwork and a recently published community indicators report.

The community indicators report, prepared by the Rancho Cucamonga-based nonprofit La Jolla Institute, serves as a baseline to where the county stands now and where it needs to go, Ovitt said. He said the county will use the report as a guideline as it plans for the future.

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