Ontario keeps team in Washington chasing project money

Adam Brown, Ontario city manager, at a recent city council meeting. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise).

ONTARIO – The Ontario City Council decided the city will continue investing in grant writing services through the end of a one-year contract begun last June. 

The contract with the Washington, D.C.-based firm Merchant MacIntyre has enabled the city of Ontario to apply for millions of dollars in federal funds that City Manager Adam Brown and firm co-founder Brent Merchant say the city would otherwise have had little chance of getting.

Despite the seeming promise of this venture, the city has yet to see any money from the work of Merchant MacIntyre because none of the relevant grants have had been awarded yet. 

The lag between application and award, Brown said, made it “difficult to . . .