Press conference

Mayor Acquanetta Warren, joined by other local leaders, speaks at a press conference regarding Fontana being named the "Most Prosperous City in California" by RENTCafe.  (Herald News photo by Alejandro Cano)

Fontana has undergone many notable improvements since the year 2000, and a new study has recognized the city because of its accomplishments during that time period.

Fontana was named the "Most Prosperous City in California" and the "Fourth Most Prosperous City in the United States" out of cities with a population of more than 100,000, according to a report by RENTCafe.

City officials and business leaders gathered for a press conference at the newly constructed Miller Park Amphitheater on June 14 to celebrate the designation by RENTCafe, which is a nationwide Internet listing service that aims to help renters find apartments and houses for rent.

The RENTCafe study focuses on six key economic and demographic factors: change in population, median income, home values, inhabitants with a higher education degree, poverty rate and unemployment rate. According to the study, the list of top cities is based upon how much progress a given city has made between the years 2000 to 2016.

Fontana excels in the categories of population and home values with an increase of 60 percent, along with a higher education change of 57 percent, the study said.

"It's beyond dispute that the city has come a long way since the turn of the century, not to mention since its foundation. From a small agricultural town, Fontana has turned into what's now one of the most important regional hubs for the U.S. trucking industry," said Balazs Szekely, author of the RENTCafe article, "The Most Prosperous Cities in the U.S."

During the press conference, Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren spoke alongside Fontana Unified School Board President Peter Garcia, Fontana Chamber of Commerce President Phil Cothran, and Senior Vice President and Area Manager of Kaiser Fontana Greg Christian.

"This [recognition] is significant if you know how far we've come …We have overcome challenges and have emerged from them a stronger, more prosperous city," said Warren. "Our future looks bright in Fontana."

Fontana experienced much growth from 2000 to 2008, but then was hit hard by the devastating nationwide recession. However, the city has rebounded in recent years and has made significant strides economically.

Looking ahead in 2018, officials said Fontana will move forward with several projects. Construction on the Central Park Sports Complex is expected to begin, about 3,000 new homes are to be built, and the city plans to continue welcoming businesses like Sprouts and Oggi's.

According to RENTCafe, the "Most Prosperous Cities in the U.S." were Odessa, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Charleston, South Carolina; Fontana; and North Charleston, South Carolina. To see the report, visit:

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