Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet

2016 Winners to be announced November 17!

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. Winners will be recognized at the Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception Thursday, November 17, 2016.

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Award Categories

Business Retention and Expansion
This award honors economic development initiatives that focus on retaining and growing existing businesses within communities and regions. Applicants should demonstrate extensive cross-community collaboration, and the ability to adapt and respond quickly to unforeseen events.

Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse
This award recognizes innovative real estate development or reuse projects purpose-built or adaptively reused for the creation of jobs or for increasing the tax base. By demonstrating a measurable and quantitative impact on employment and the tax base, the winning project will also serve as catalysts for economic development in the area or region and will demonstrate innovative partnership approaches including public and private sectors. These efforts include, but are not limited to creation of workforce housing and retail development.

Responding to Globalization
This award acknowledges economic development strategies and programs that seek to enable communities, businesses and/or economic development organizations to better integrate into the global economy or to more resiliently respond to the challenges brought by globalization. Strategies and programs may include elements of, but are not limited to, international strategies, the restructuring of economic development organizations, the use of the internet and the networks for integrating globally, and assisting businesses to understand global sourcing and increase their global competitive position.

Sustainable and Green Development
This award recognizes programs that simultaneously target and create relationships between economic development and environmental sustainability. These efforts include, but are not limited to, programs which encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy, green buildings, materials and products, environmental technologies and industries, sustainable tourism, smart growth, green infrastructure, and green chemistry.

Public-Private Partnership
This award recognizes outstanding and innovative development projects that have significantly enhanced the economic revitalizations of distressed communities. Winners represent efforts in which larger private contributions have been added to smaller, vital public commitments. Nominees should demonstrate: the extent to which public and private sector participants have formed a true partnership or joint venture in planning, developing, and financing the project; direct economic benefit to the community (such as jobs and tax base), be sure to include metrics when demonstrating results; spin-off impact of the project; creativity or innovation in packaging the project (e.g., land acquisitions, joint venture aspects and financing).

Leadership for Public Service
This award recognizes an elected or public official or entity who has served as a committed advocate for economic development in the public sector. Nominees must have demonstrated sustained and effective efforts to mobilize community groups and industry leaders in the development of programs and projects, played a key role in the planning and designing of new economic development activities, and displayed dedication and commitment to his/her constituency as a leader and advocate for economic development.

Past Winners

2015 Award Winners 2014 Award Winners 

2013 Award Winners 2012 Winners 2011 Winners

For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist, jjimenez@ocbc.org or 949.794.7245.

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