2014 Program Award Nominees

Business Retention and Expansion

City of Anaheim: Brew City
In February 2014, the Anaheim City Council approved changes to the City’s Zoning Code eliminating the need for business owners to obtain a conditional use permit which allowed breweries, wineries, and distilleries to open, by right, in most of the City’s commercially and industrially-zoned areas.
City of Huntington Beach: Project Occupancy: Bella Terra 2
The City of Huntington Beach established Project Occupancy: Bella Terra 2 to assist in the expansion of a key shopping center to achieve occupancy within expected timelines, utilizing a team approach consisting of staff, property owners, and the general contractor to facilitate clear communication, accurate scheduling, and minimization of unnecessary costs and delays.
City of Irvine: OC Great Park Development
Officials from the City of Irvine, Five Point Communities Management, Inc., and Heritage Fields El Toro LLC, worked together to present Broadcom with an opportunity to keep and expand the company’s operations on 78.5 gross acres of vacant land located in the Great Park Neighborhoods.
City of Lake Forest: G.R.O.W. (Growing and Retaining Our Workforce in Lake Forest)
In partnership with the Workforce Investment Board and the Orange County One-Stop Center, G.R.O.W. (Growing and Retaining Our Workforce) offers Lake Forest businesses access to no-cost hiring solutions, candidate screening, on-site recruitments, job fairs, customized trainings for employees based on new technologies or service procedures, and more.
City of Newport Beach: From BIDs to Business Associations
The City Manager’s Office presented a proposal that includes  disestablish the BIDs in order to support local business while alleviating the significant amount of staff and consultant time required of the BID Boards and City staff and providing City financial support for area improvements and marketing.
Orange County Transportation Authority: ACCESS Service Contract
In response to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Orange County Transportation (OCTA) implemented ACCESS paratransit service which is a shared-ride service for people who are unable to use the regular, fixed-route bus service because of functional limitations caused by a disability.
City of Orange: The Ayres Hotel Orange
Officially opened in July 2014, the new 139-room Ayres Hotel was a result of a multi-year economic development to facilitate hospitality expansion in the City of Orange that involved Caltrans parcel acquisition and redevelopment agency site consolidation and State approvals for property disposition under the new 2012 Assembly Bill X1 26.
City of Stanton: Permit Streamlining
In order to remove red tape and expedite the process for businesses to establish in the City of Stanton, City staff and the City Council conducted a thorough review was of the business licensing forms and processes to determine if they presented an undue burden on the business community.
Responding to Globalization

Capistrano Unified School District: Two-Way Language Immersion Program
In 2012, Capistrano Unified School District began its first Mandarin/English immersion program at Bergeson Elementary in Laguna Niguel. The deal language teaches students to think, read, write, and communicate naturally in two languages. Native English speaking students begin their study of Mandarin in kindergarten, in this intensive elementary program.
Sustainable and Green Development

City of Anaheim: The Anaheim Solar Energy Project
The Anaheim Solar Energy Project is a 2.4 megawatt solar energy facility located on the rooftop of the Anaheim Convention Center. This installation is currently the largest city-owned convention center roof-mounted system in North America, producing enough renewable energy to power 600 homes per year.
County of Orange, OC Libraries: Santiago Library System Courtesy Delivery System
OC Public Libraries enhanced their delivery system to minimize its reliance on an expensive or independent delivery company, thus effectively saving additional trucks on the road, saving gasoline, reducing emissions and greenhouse gases, and thus leaving a small carbon footprint for the enhanced County-wide delivery service.
OC Parks and Public Works: Haster Basin Recreation Park
Haster Retarding Basin, Pump Station and Recreational Field Project is a unique, creative project that highlights partnership between County agencies to reconfigure the basin during construction to accommodate an additional 2 acres of much-needed park area and improvements, including space for soccer fields, new shelters, restrooms, and a playground. 
Orange County Sanitation District: Secondary Treatment
The Orange County Sanitation District developed a 10-year Capital Improvement Program to improve the quality of water leaving plants by enhancing the current system and increasing the capacity to treat every ounce of wastewater entering the plats to a high level of treatment than previously provided.
Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse

City of Newport Beach: The Newport Dividend
To spur reinvestment in residential properties, Mayor Rush Hill proposed, and the Newport Beach City Council approved the “Newport Dividend” program to temporarily waive all City fees related to obtaining a permit for qualifying residential development activity.
City of Santa Ana: Terraces at Santiago and the Depot at Santiago
The Terraces at Santiago and Depot at Santiago both provide much needed affordable workforce housing in the City of Santa Ana, while also planning around transportation needs and creating additional retail space. Santa Ana has the second densest housing rate following San Francisco. To address this issue, the city creatively leveraged local and federal funds to build two properties that provide affordable housing to the lowest income brackets. Also, as the first properties built using Santa Ana’s Transit Zoning Code, the proximity near the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center will provide working families convenient access to public transportation, and is a catalyst for future transportation/housing building models.
City of Tustin: Re-Energized Development at Tustin Legacy
The City of Tustin completed a $40 million Tustin Ranch Road infrastructure project that reduced traffic congestion, created jobs, and brought about new residential developments that will bring much needed workforce housing to the City and the County as a whole. 

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