2016 Winners Announced!
OCBC’s sixth annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase & Co., acknowledges the good work local government can do in tough times, honoring Orange County’s local governments that have implemented innovative policies and programs that cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth and open the door to private sector jobs creation.
Since its inception the program has expanded to include over 40 nominees each year, showcasing the county’s most innovative and cost-reducing government programs. Its success is recognized throughout the state, including the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, “Streamlining Superstars,” and California Association for Local Economic Development’s annual “Awards of Excellence,” programs.
Award for Business Retention and Expansion
The City of Buena Park: Beach Boulevard Entertainment District
Buena Park tackled the much needed revitalization of the Beach Boulevard Entertainment District with vigor— committing to attracting quality entertainment venues, hotel, and restaurants to the area while creating synergy for existing businesses and attractions. New businesses are opening up along the once dilapidated corridor, expanding Buena Park’s status as an entertainment hub with much to offer.
The City of Huntington Beach received an honorable mention in the category of Business Retention and Expansion for the Film App program. CLICK HERE to view all the great nominees!
Award for Sustainable and Green Development
The City of Huntington Beach: Recycling Market Development Zone
The City of Huntington Beach’s Recycling Market Development Zone is the first Multijurisdictional zone in Orange County, utilizing the growing supply of recyclable materials to fuel new businesses, expand existing ones, create jobs, and divert waste from landfills. As local governments strive to retain and attract business, the recycling program represents a unique and replicable solution to reduce business operating costs while reducing the county’s landfill. Additionally, the program is highly successful in attracting local business throughout the region to take advantage of this service.
The City of Anaheim and County of Orange received an honorable mention in the category of Sustainable and Green Development for the Bowerman Power Landfill Gas Project. CLICK HERE to view all the great nominees.
Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse
The City of Fullerton: Reinvestment and Reuse Zoning
The City of Fullerton combined three existing commercial zones into one commercial zone to make it easier for business and property owners, particularly small business operators, to make changes to their properties without triggering the need to comply with prior regulations. This is a great example of streamlining processes to revitalize underused properties and is a model for any city considering redevelopment projects in the future. CLICK HERE to view all the great nominees.
Responding to Globalization
Santa Ana College: International Business Program
Santa Ana College’s International Business Degree Program provides students with the practical “hands on” exposure to the world of international business, including global business management, supply chain management, marketing and trade finance. Teaching this skill set at the community college level is highly valuable in preparing students for all ranges of employment, helping to close the county’s skills gap and gain a competitive edge in global commerce.
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development received an honorable mention in the category of Responding to Globalization for the California STEP Program. CLICK HERE to view all the great nominees!
Public-Private Partnership Award (2 winners)
Anaheim Fire and Rescue: Community Care Response Unit
Community Care Response Unit is a partnership between Anaheim Fire & Rescue, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, and Metro Net Communications Center to restructure resources going to low-level vs. urgent calls. By sending ambulances responding to low-level calls with a nurse practitioner and fire captain or paramedic—instead of the standard ambulance staffed with 3-4 paramedics— the department is able to respond to calls within the field—reducing unnecessary transports back to the hospital, reducing operating costs, and increasing overall response times. This partnership is a first of its kind in California and a terrific example of public and private entities working together to provide greater service and safety to residents.
Anaheim Union High School District: Loara High School Union Bank Branch
Union Bank partnered with Anaheim Union High School District to open a student-run branch staffed with 12 student bankers. This incredible partnership offers a “hands on” internship experience where students can learn financial literacy and “career-ready” skills, all with little cost to the school district. The project also provides a ripple effect of financial literacy learning as the entire student body, faculty and parents utilize the branch. This is an outstanding example of business working with academia to develop an enriching learning experience that excites and prepares students for 21st century jobs.
The City of Tustin received an honorable mention in the category of Public-Private Partnership Award for the Tustin Veterans Outpost. CLICK HERE to view all the great nominees!
Public Sector Local Leadership Award
Orange County’s Treasurer: Shari Freidenrich
Shari exhibits unbridled passion, commitment, and transparency in her position. She has implemented changes that saved the county over $20 million in operations and over $800 million in pension related costs. Including the recent online property tax information program that significantly streamlines the process for residents to access records. Shari truly serves in the best interest of the county, and her efforts make Orange County a more desirable place for business to grow and prosper. Thank you Shari, we are proud to have a leader with your dedication and commitment!
Public Sector National Leadership Award
CA 45th Congressional District: Congresswoman Mimi Walters
From her time as a small business owner to her leadership in Sacramento and Washington D.C., Congresswoman Walters has been a tireless champion of the biotech industry. She’s strengthened the state’s business climate. She’s fought to protect the continued research and discovery of new cures. She’s supported international intellectual property laws that are the lifeblood of our industry. Through all of these actions, Congresswoman Walters has helped California’s innovative biotech companies thrive. It is an honor to join with the Orange County Business Council and America’s leading biopharmaceutical companies to present Congresswoman Mimi Walters the 2016 Leadership Award for Public Service. CLICK HERE to view all the great nominees.
For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.794.7245.