City officials are ecstatic after hearing the news that Hesperia led the way as one of the least expensive cities in San Bernardino County to do business.

"First and foremost, the credit goes to the city staff and their departments, which have been active in attracting and maintaining good relationships with new and established businesses," Mayor Bill Holland said.

The 18th annual Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey revealed that Hesperia tied with Upland and Chino Hills for the top business spots in the county, based on taxes, fees, incentives and additional incentives.

"Previous councils have had a very pro-business, pro-growth stance and attitude, which has paved the way for developments like the Gateway Center and Walmart," Holland said.

Main Street's Gateway Center, which is west of Interstate 15 and features Super Target as its anchor tenant, has earned the city nearly $2 million in additional tax revenue for the 2011-12 fiscal year, according to Holland.

"Forward and proactive thinking landed the Gateway Center, and laying the infrastructure to accommodate business made it very attractive," Holland said.

The Ranchero interchange, which should break ground in January, will also pave the way for more business to come to the city, Holland said.

Every Victor Valley municipality ranked well in the survey, with Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow and Victorville considered "low-cost" places for business.

The three least expensive California cities were Aliso Viejo, Chino Hills and Costa Mesa.

California led the way as the most expensive state in the West to do business. A total of 11 cities ranked as "very high cost," including San Bernardino, Pomona, Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Texas stood out as a low-cost state, with six cities on the list of 20 least expensive western cities.

To view the full city-by-city ranking, visit

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at