Andrea Baldrias | Contributor
San Bernardino International Airport (SBIA) is partnering with developer, Hillwood Enterprises, to build a new air cargo logistics facility on campus. The facility is anticipated to bring in an estimated 1,500 to 4,000 new jobs to San Bernardino and will add 26 flights to the airport.
Local community organizations formed a coalition to organize a Town Hall with San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA) because they neglected to consult with community members during the economic development process. The purpose of the Town Hall is to allow community members to engage with the SBIAA and consider their input in the development process. The Airport decision makers, the developer and tenant will be in attendance to hear from the community.
Hillwood Enterprises is looking to enter a 35-year ground-lease agreement with SBIAA, which will be called the Eastgate Air Cargo Logistics Center, prior to leasing the center to a tenant or operator. Though a tenant has not been named, media has speculated Amazon as a possible tenant. Randy Korgan, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 1932, a union of 14,000 working people in the Inland Empire, commented “When Norton Air Force Base closed in 1994, good jobs were lost for our community. As the San Bernardino International Airport begins to grow, our communities need to be a part of the development process so residents can be assured that good jobs will come back to the region — not the run-of-the-mill low-paying logistics jobs that our communities sadly know so well. We can set a standard here and now.”
The Town Hall will be hosted at Our Lady of Hope Church in San Bernardino on April 17th.