2011 Program Award Nominees

Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week
City of Lake Forest

Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week was a joint business marketing program between the City of Lake Forest, the business community and shopping center property managers aimed at promoting Lake Forest businesses. The week-long citywide program encouraged the community to shop and dine at Lake Forest shops and restaurants and take advantage of a variety of promotional offers and discounts offered by participating businesses. Planning for Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week included four months of extensive outreach to every business in Lake Forest to encourage them to participate in this free business marketing program. Over 220 businesses participated with a variety of promotions including 2 for 1 deals, buy one get one at 50%, 20% off food and merchandise and more. Shop & Dine Lake Forest Week included a Kick-off Event and Celebration Event that were attended by over 1,000 people combined.

Economic Development Action Team (EDAT)
City of Fullerton

In one convenient roundtable meeting, the Economic Development Action team (EDAT) provides new, relocating or expanding businesses with a friendly introduction to all of the key city department necessary to complete their plans.

The city of Fullerton created EDAT in 1993 to provide high-level customer service to businesses considering expansions or relocations in Fullerton. EDAT’s mission is to provide a prompt and coordinated response by explaining services offered, fee structures, reviewing processes, discussing permits, resources for financial assistance, technical, employment and training resources and responding to specific questions. Ultimately, EDAT’s objective is to begin building a relationship with the business that will serve as a foundation for future success and growth in the City of Fullerton.

Regulatory Relief Task Force
City of Anaheim

The Anaheim Regulatory Relief Task Force’s goal is to make Anaheim the most business and jobs-friendly City in the entire state. To achieve this goal, the task force will listen closely to the business community and other citizens to hear ways that government can support—rather than thwart—job creation by identifying areas of regulatory burden that can be eliminated, streamlined or reduced in order to create more prosperity for business owners in Anaheim and those seeking to create a business in Anaheim.

Project Assistance Center
City of Anaheim

The Permit Assistance Center’s mission is to provide planning resources and efficient procedures that help residents, property owners, businesses and the development community to accomplish their goals. Managed and operated by the Planning Department, the PAC is the physical location in City Hall where customers can obtain building, land use, and regulatory permits, as well as the on-line location where customers can gain information and access to resources.

Corporate Yard
Costa Mesa Sanitary District

Prior to 2010, the Costa Mesa Sanitary District (CMSD), which serves 116,700 residents in sewer and refuse system collections, did not have a facility of its own to store vehicles and equipment during non-business hours, nor did it have a facility to store parts and supplies or have the availability of training rooms and workshops for field staff. To improve operations and customer services, the CMSD Board of Directors approved the construction of a Corporate Yard that is setting new standards for local governments by constructing a public facility that can actually benefit and preserve the environment. The goals set for this project were met, and include: 1) Construct a building that uses sustainable practices and achieve “Gold” level of certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for new construction; 2) Crete jobs that will stimulate growth in the local and regional economies; 3) CMSD will not incur debt or raise sewer and/or refuse rates for constructing the building; 4) The construction cost will be at, or under budget.

Stanton Business Alliance
City of Stanton

The Business Alliance was established to allow for direct and open communication between the business community and the City and as a one-stop center for all of the economic development programs that the City would offer. The Alliance is comprised of the City’s business community, local leaders, City Council and City staff. The Business Alliance meets periodically with the goal of providing businesses an opportunity to meet and talk directly with City officials, inviting guest speakers to discuss programs of interest to the business community and allowing discussions on City policies and regulations

Rancho Santa Margarita Auto Center
City of Rancho Santa Margarita

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita prepared an Auto Center Zoning District to protect and preserve the City’s Auto Center from redevelopment during the recent economic crisis. The Auto Center Zoning District clearly defines the boundaries of the City’s Auto Center, the types of uses permitted within the Auto Center and allows for the future expansion of the Auto Center when the economic crisis is over.

Huntington Beach Ten Point Plan for Local Business
City of Huntington Beach

The Huntington Beach Ten Point Plan for Local Business was created as a vehicle to cement the city’s commitment to supporting and influencing local business retention and expansion. The goal of the Ten Point Plan is to achieve improved business retention and expansion efforts in Huntington Beach, and to further position the city as business-friendly. The Plan’s ten “points” are as follows; the development of an economic gardening program, streamlined development processes, enhanced customer service standards, expanded funding resources, expanded economic development programs, establishment of Huntington Beach as a place for green business, strengthened shop local programs, increased community support activities by local business, expansion of the film program, and the establishment of a website as a comprehensive business resource.

Business Facilitation/Liaison
City of San Clemente

To improve communication and expand customer services, the City of San Clemente established the Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program. The Program’s goal is simple – to provide valuable “nuts and bolts” advice and assistance for business owners who must often juggle multiple tasks such as marketing, sales, purchasing, hiring staff, management, accounting, with the fundamental needs of running a business. The program assigns urban planners, with specialized knowledge and experience in specific business districts, to serve as Liaisons for business customers in those districts. The Liaisons provide personalized, professional services to business owners, including on-site meetings to learn their needs and use of City resources, where possible, to help businesses accomplish their goals and objectives. Liaisons play a key role in improving understanding and cooperation by providing direct, accurate and on-time information as a single point of contact between the City and the business owner. According to local business owners, this new program has provided a much-needed boost for business owners during these challenging economic times.

Layoff Aversion Project
Orange County Workforce Investment Board and CA Manufacturing Technology Consulting

OCWIB and CMTC conducted a Layoff Aversion project for Orange County manufacturing businesses. The project was designed to help companies improve processes, efficiencies and profitability, adding to the health of the industry as a whole, helping to retain employers, averting layoffs, and adding to the Orange County economy. Participants include 20 of Orange County’s manufacturing businesses ranging from manufactures of circuit boards to prosthetic joints. All services were provided free of charge to the companies and were funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Santa Ana Layoff Aversion Program
City of Santa Ana

The concept of Layoff Aversion is to develop systems that provide an “early warning,” which identifies businesses that may be “at-risk” of a layoff or closing, so that the City of Santa Ana’s Economic Development Division (SAEDD) can offer these businesses more focused assistance to potentially avert the layoff and/or offer workers assistance in transitioning to new jobs. The program’s staff developed a specialized assistance plan utilizing local incentives and resources available resulting in several large companies not relocating out of the city of Santa Ana.

It’s Your Business
Dana Point Business Services Team

On the heels of its nationally recognized program, Hide it, Lock it or Lose it, the City of Dana Point, in conjunction with the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and Dana Point Police Services, launched It’s Your Business, an innovative initiative created by the newly formed Dana Point Business Services Team. It’s Your Business aims to identify the needs of the local business community. It is a comprehensive business outreach program that is not designed to regulate the local community; rather, it empowers professionals by giving them a voice to help direct the future of the business environment in Dana Point.  The program is identifying the critical issues businesses in Dana Point face, as well as solutions that will foster business success, retention and expansion.

Orange Brokers Brunch
City of Orange, Economic Development Department

The Orange Brokers Brunch sets the stage for a successful Orange business. Real estate brokers are a critical link between the business that could be, and the business that will be. Having the advantage of understanding their client’s future business relocation and expansion needs, the City of Orange Economic Development Department explored opportunities to outreach to the brokerage community to enhance community relationships and share information about available city resources. A departure from the traditional Orange Broker’s Breakfast held annually, the Orange Broker’s Brunch took the “show on the road” by directly reaching out to local brokerage firms specializing in retail, industrial and office representation. Examples of new businesses making Orange their home base due to the Orange Brokers Brunch include: the relocation of California Gasket Company, consolidation of SA Recycling corporate offices, relocation of Standard Register, relocation of CalOptima, and relocation of Promontory Financial Services.

E-Submit Business Portal
Orange County Health Care Agency, Environmental Health

For those businesses operating in the realm of hazardous materials, the administrative burden associated with the submittal of various forms and applications required by California laws and regulations is particularly cumbersome. It is for this reason that OCHCA/EHD developed and launched the E-Submit Portal. The E-Submit Portal has a dual purpose: to provide relief to businesses that are required to submit various environmental regulatory forms, applications, or plans; and to provide emergency responders with the detailed chemical information associated with each business site in order to ascertain the appropriate response to any emergency incident at that location.

Community Development Reorganization
City of Newport Beach, Community Development Department

With the goal of providing excellent customer service, the City of Newport Beach initiated a significant transformation project to improve its developmental-related services for local businesses by combining previously distinct city departments and divisions into a unified Community Development Department. The new department is organized into four divisions: Building, Planning, Code Enforcement and Systems & Administration. Newport Beach recognizes that overly restrictive and complex development policies, outdated procedures and miscommunication between staff and applicants do not support its business community. One of the City Council’s primary goals is to maintain the balance between a sustainable business environment, while ensuring public health and safety for all who live, visit and work in Newport Beach.

Small Business Program: OC Public Libraries/SCORE
OC Community Resources, OC Public Libraries

OC Public Libraries and SCORE implemented the Small Business Program, which involves a series of workshops where small business executives teach small business owners on topics such as marketing, obtaining loans, dealing with worker’s compensation and business writing plans.  The goal of the program is to better align library services, programs, workshops and technology to meet the needs of small business owners. It was implemented at two branches in 2005 and, due to its success, has expanded to serve all population groups of small business owners at five library branches.

Online Employment and Career Services Program
OC Community Resources, OC Public Libraries

OC Public Libraries and OC Workforce Investment Board established an Online Employment and Career Services Program, provided through Tutor.com, to offer online resume and homework assistance from counselors and tutors. Since 2009, OC Public Libraries has seen a marked increase in the number of job seekers using the library to search for employment opportunities or information on changing careers. When the public’s need for employment-related assistance outweighed library resources, OC Public Libraries turned to OCWIB for ideas on how to meet the public’s need. The goal of the Online Employment and Career Services Program is to deliver these important services to Orange County library visitors during this time of economic hardship.

Water Recycling Demonstration Plant
City of Anaheim

The Water Recycling Demonstration facility is a 100,000 gallon per day wastewater treatment facility that can save up to 35 million gallons a year of imported water – enough to serve about 220 households. The Water Recycling Demonstration facility will treat wastewater taken from an existing sewer line in the vicinity of the City Hall complex to meet State reuse standards and provide recycled water for toilet and urinal flushing in Anaheim West Tower, landscape irrigation around City Hall, potential irrigation in nearby parks and schools, and potential indoor and outdoor uses in nearby future developments.

Cactus Scrub Enhancement and Restoration Project
Transportation Corridor Agencies

The Cactus Scrub Enhancement and Restoration Project aims to increase suitable habitat for the cactus wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus) and provide for movement between isolated populations within the Coastal Reserve of the Natural Community Conservation Plan (NCCP) for the Central/Coastal Sub region of Orange County. By restoring cactus to the coastal sage scrub corridor, and enhancing disturbed habitats adjacent to the corridor, this project will facilitate movement of cactus wrens between currently isolated populations. This dispersal is important for maintaining genetic exchange and augmentation of populations that are threatened by other factors such as predation and drought.

John Wayne Airport Central Utility Plant
John Wayne Airport

Construction of the JWA Central Utility Plant began in September 2009 as part of the John Wayne Airport Improvement Program. The Plant was completed in late 2010, and is currently on-line supplying the Thomas F. Riley Terminal complex with power and with chilled water to serve the air conditioning system. The Central Utility Plant was built in an effort to provide long-term sustainability of John Wayne Airport’s operations, and is also financially and environmentally responsible. This important project significantly increases the airport’s ability to provide an uninterruptible and reliable source of electricity to the Thomas F. Riley Terminal complex by supplying approximately 95% of the Airport’s power needs.

Brea Energy Efficiency & Solar Power Project
City of Brea

The Brea Energy Efficiency & Solar Power Project consisted of multiple retrofits and modernization of all city operational facilities, upgrades to city street lighting, plus the addition of three separate solar installations capable of producing up to 1.8 megawatts of clean, renewable solar power. Savings of at least $2.6 million of energy costs is expected in just the first five years of the project coming online. Overall, the combined improvements will offset 86,884 metric tons of CO2 emissions over the project’s 25-year life span as $13 million in net savings accumulates. The city’s main goal for this project was to generate long-term General Fund and Water Fund savings. Even after paying for infrastructure costs, continued savings will result while simultaneously reducing energy usage by more than 40 percent.

Residents, Businesses and the City of Mission Viejo Go Green
City of Mission Viejo

In an effort to continue to be a leader in the implementation of environmentally sound policies, practices and procedures Mission Viejo developed a Green Building and Energy Efficiency Program. The Program encourages residents and businesses to incorporate energy efficient and quality green building design and construction methods whenever feasible. The program includes green building and solar energy educational resources, energy efficiency permit fee waivers, expedited permit processing, job site guidelines, technical assistance, and a green building services and suppliers list.

City of Anaheim

The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) will combine a transportation gateway and mixed-use activity center on a 16 acre site owned by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the City of Anaheim. ARTIC will serve as a hub for Orange County and the region, a landmark where freeways, major arterials, bus routes and Orange County’s backbone rail transit system converge. ARTIC will be an iconic regional landmark. The station will accommodate passenger arrivals, departures and transfers with supporting retail, restaurants and passenger services within the building.

International West Resort District
City of Garden Grove, Garden Grove Agency for Community Development

The International West Resort District is located along Harbor Boulevard, beginning at the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue and running south to the city boundary at Harbor Boulevard and Westminster Avenue. Creating something from nothing, the project takes advantage of its unique geographic location adjacent to Anaheim, approximately one mile from the Anaheim Convention Center and the Disneyland Resort. The ongoing goals of the project are: 1) eliminate blighting influences along the Harbor Boulevard Corridor, which not only limit revenue to the city, but also cost the city money with increased “calls of service” to the city’s public safety and public works departments; 2) increase general fund revenue; 3) make jobs available at various levels to Garden Grove and Orange County residents; and 4) create a tourist destination.

1000 E. Imperial Hwy
City of La Habra

This project is located at a major intersection within the city, and consisted of the rehabilitation and reuse of an approximate 106,000 square foot, vacant, freestanding, retail building by a major big box retailer. At the time this project commenced there was a total of 350,000 square feet of vacant retail at the four corners of this intersection – a real problem for the community and city tax base. The goal of the project was to rehabilitate, upgrade and reuse a blighted property in order to create additional jobs and increase the tax base within the city. The redevelopment and reuse of this former big box will play a major role in revitalizing this entire quadrant of the City of La Habra. Subsequent to the approval of this project, two of the neighboring retail properties have been put up for sale and are being marketed as redevelopment opportunities.

Developer Impact Fees Deferral Program
Anaheim Union High School District

The Developer Impact Fee Deferral Program was enacted in January 2009 by the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees. It has been renewed every year since. The goal of this program is to stimulate housing construction by providing builders with fee deferral incentives. This will result in production of more quality housing and also create needed jobs for the local economy, directly and indirectly.

Imperial Promenade
La Habra Redevelopment Agency

In 2006, the La Habra Redevelopment Agency and Arnel Capital/Hopkins Real Estate Group entered into an agreement to redevelop the site. The project utilized the existing 182,983 square foot commercial structure and constructed an additional building for a total new floor area of 190,506 square feet. The Goal of the project was to revitalize a vacant commercial shopping center and develop it into a prime and thriving retail location. Imperial Promenade was given a brand new Target anchored community center located in the affluent submarket of Westridge and the center now features over 214,000 square feet offering a wide variety of shopping, services, and restaurant tenants.

Orange County Great Park
Orange County Great Park

The Orange County Great Park project is the most ambitious and unique redevelopment project in Orange County, and one of the largest non-transportation public works projects in the country. The Great Park is a plan to turn a decommissioned military base into a great metropolitan park. The goal of the Great Park is to bring a centralized park space to Orange County, with a wide range of cultural, social, recreational and educational amenities in one central location. The project will stimulate job growth and provide unique recreational opportunities to a wide range of visitors from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

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