Ontario International Airport Authority commissioner Curt Hagman (left) and OIAA CEO Kelly Fredericks recently returned from a trip to China to foster economic partnerships for growth. Here they sit in a China Airlines simulator cockpit in Taoyuan City, Taiwan.

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/05/17 – 9:38 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> A recent trip to China connected a San Bernardino County supervisor and a top Ontario International Airport official with a developer who’s considering vacant land near ONT as an ideal spot for a large indoor mall.

No business deals were made during the visit, but Supervisor Curt Hagman, who also serves as a commissioner on the Ontario International Airport Authority, provided Chinese business leaders with data from the region that could convince them to do business here, he said.

“They’re very excited,” Hagman said. “I think that Ontario International Airport has not been a viable option for many years because (in the past), they dealt with one (entity, Los Angeles World Airports), and they want you to fly into LAX. So this will give them an alternative to study and look at.”

Hagman said he couldn’t reveal too many details about a Chinese investor who has built large indoor malls in China and is interested in making an offer on an unidentified parcel near the airport.

“They formed a U.S. corporation and they want to put an offer for one of the properties,” Hagman said.

Hagman, who has traveled to China on a number of occasions to bolster potential trade for the Inland region, traveled this time with a delegation that included Kelly Fredericks, CEO of the OIAA. Between Feb. 16 and Feb. 25, they visited Shanghai, Wuxi and Nanjing in China and Taoyuan in Taiwan, meeting with government officials, and business and airline executives.

Wuxi formally become an international economic development partner with San Bernardino County and Taoyuan City became a sister city to the county, Hagman said.

“We explain the demographics and the makeup of the county,” Hagman said. “They have other business associates, so we’re advertising the economic viability of San Bernardino County, and it gets magnified at each one of these meetings.”

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