IRVINE, Calif. — Orange County Business Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards, presented by JP Morgan & Chase Co. The awards program recognizes leaders, policies and programs in local government eliminating barriers to economic growth and private sector jobs creation. The winners were selected by a diverse committee of business and city leaders, chaired by Dan Miller, Senior Vice President, Entitlement and Public Affairs, The Irvine Company, and were honored at last night’s reception at The Center Club. The award winners are:

Award for Business Retention and Expansion

City of Buena Park: Beach Boulevard Entertainment District Revitalization

Buena Park tackled the much needed revitalization of the Beach Boulevard Entertainment District with vigor— committing to attracting quality entertainment venues, hotels, 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 award in the category of Business Retention and Expansion for its FilmApp.

Award for Sustainable and Green Development

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 award in the category of Sustainable and Green Development for its Bowerman Power Landfill Gas Project.

 Award for Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse

City of Fullerton: Reinvestment and Reuse Zoning

The City of Fullerton, like many cities throughout north and central Orange County, has many commercial buildings built prior to the adoption of current development standards. These requirements often make it impossible for the property to get new tenants and/or make new investments in the property. The city also has three different commercial zones that only varied in minor ways, creating confusion for property owners. The Reinvestment and Reuse Zoning ordinance combined these existing commercial zones into one, making it much simpler to understand and comply with—resulting in new business opportunities for the city and its residents.

Award for 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 (GO-Biz) received an honorable mention award in the category of Responding to Globalization for its California STEP Program.

Award for Public-Private Partnership

There were two award winners in the category of Public-Private Partnership 

Anaheim Fire & 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. During the first year of service the CCRU has treated more than 300 patients and has kept 51 percent of them from going to the emergency room via ambulance. 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 award in the category of Public-Private Partnership for its Tustin Veterans Outpost.

Leadership Award

There were two award winners in the category of Leadership.

LOCAL 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.

NATIONAL AWARD: 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.

For more on the award winners, nominees, and program visit:

About OCBC:
Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America’s sixth largest county. For more information, visit

Posted on November 18, 2016

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