On Friday, Congressman Steny Hoyer (D–MD), Democratic Whip, met with David Pyott of Allergan, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, Eddie Northen, UPS, OC manufacturing leaders and business owners, and Kate Klimow, OCBC Vice President of Government Affairs, to discuss the “Make It In America” agenda and progress. The agenda supports job creation by encouraging businesses to make products and innovate in the U.S. and sell to the world through strengthening infrastructure and supporting investments in key areas like education and energy innovation. Rebuilding the manufacturing sector and increased focus on jobs creation and growing the economy is a key issue for the business community. Regulatory reform, duplicative processes, inability to compete in a global economy where other countries allow for product testing and review much more efficiently, were some of the concerns raised by business. Although OC’s manufacturing is on the rise, the U.S. lost nearly one third of its manufacturing jobs over the past decade.
Several “Make It In America” bills have already become law, cutting taxes and creating loans for small businesses, speeding up the patent process, lowering costs of raw materials, and ending tax loopholes that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas. The House also passed “Make It In America” legislation to support American clean energy firms and invest in job training partnerships.
“Make It In America’s” mission is a good start on reforms that the business community has been aggressively advocating for on the state and federal level for the last few years. Orange County is a great example of how creating a pro-business environment that fosters jobs creation and innovative product development can lead to economic growth and success.For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.