Economic Development Committee

OCBC’s major goal is to foster job creation, increase private investment and enhance county revenues through the implementation of a countywide economic development strategy. The strategy focuses on maximizing the standard of living of the county’s residents, providing economic opportunities for the county’s businesses, fostering a competitive environment and positioning the county as a highly competitive region for business opportunities. The strategy will emphasize industry sectors with high-growth potential and offering high paying jobs.

  • Understand the tangible drivers of economic growth
  • Understand key opportunities for regional growth
  • Reduce risk factors in the local economy
  • Implement a plan to harness and capture our share of growth

The committee has welcomed a variety of high-level speakers to provide insight into Orange County and the nation’s economic development opportunities, including:

  • Tom Morton, Executive Director, Anaheim Convention, Sports & Entertainment
  • Diane Long, Executive Director, California-China Office of Trade and Investment
  • The Honorable Jun Niimi, Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
  • Janet Wang, Principal, EB5 Direct Investments, LLC
  • Paul Duncan, Regional Director, Orange County Export – Import Bank of the United States
  • Kish Rajan, Director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
  • Sachiko Yoshimura, Chief Executive Director, Japan External Trade Organization
  • Courtney Wiercioch, Deputy Airport Director, Public Affairs, John Wayne Airport
  • Shunji Nakamura, Senior Vice President, Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas, Inc.
  • Donald B. Snyder, Director of Trade Development, Port of Long Beach
  • James Mayfield, Commercial Officer / Acting Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center

Committee Meeting Schedule

All meetings are held at OCBC Offices from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Log in to register online for committee meetings.


Committee Co-Chairs

Rick Nogueira, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Juan Basombrio, Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

OCBC Staff

Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist.

All committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. Not a member? Talk to Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development Natalie Rubalcava to join Orange County’s leading voice of business.

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