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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County

Tuesday, August 2, 2011   

LT.GOV. NEWSOM'S ECONOMIC GROWTH PLAN FOR CALIFORNIA

Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom presented his highly anticipated statewide economic growth strategy to business leaders Friday in San Jose. The plan outlines specific strategies for sustainable job creation and economic development that rely upon public-private partnerships at every level of government. OCBC Chairman Eddie Northen of UPS was a featured panelist to comment on the plan. Highlights include promotion of trade and California's international presence; streamlining regulatory procedures while increasing procedural transparency to increase the state's competitiveness in this industry; build infrastructure; and support industry clusters to help regional development. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

TEACHERS UNION PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS OC BUSINESS AND EDUCATION COMMUNITIES

Orange County Business Council is pleased to announce Dean Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association, will be the featured guest at the 2011 Workforce Development Conference, taking place October 13 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Registration is available online at www.ocbc.org/events.

 

California Teachers Association is arguably one of the most powerful public employee unions in the state. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn will discuss with its President in an informal "Oprah Winfrey style" format the critical challenges facing the education system in California, and how labor, business, government, educators, parents and administrators can work collaboratively towards practical solutions. This important discussion will address declining graduation rates, the Latino achievement gap, and preparing students for a 21st century global economy.

 

The Workforce Development Conference will also feature the release of the County's 2011 Workforce Indicators, presented by OCBC Vice President of Economic Development and Research Dr. Wallace Walrod, and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

SIGNING OFF: OCBC BIDS FAREWELL TO DAN NASITKA 

OCBC said goodbye on Friday to Communications and Events Specialist Dan Nasitka, who has left the Business Council to manage Public Relations at the Discovery Science Center. Dan was a valued member of the OCBC family, and will be greatly missed. Though as any one who has ever worked for Lucy Dunn knows, one can never actually "leave" Lucy! Cheers to Dan, and best of luck to one of OC's rising stars.

OCBC is accepting applications to fill this position. If you have the experience, drive, and enthusiasm to join Orange County's Leading Voice of Business, send us your resume. Click here to read the job description. Interested applicants should email their resume to Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. OCBC is also accepting applications for its College Internship Program. Click here to read more. For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

HOW TO KEEP BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA

OCBC's Economic Development Committee,caflag led by Co-Chairs Chris Harrington of Toshiba America Information Systems and Juan Basombrio of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, recently hosted presenters from Kosmont Companies, who briefed the committee on the "all-cuts" balanced budget passed by the State Legislature, and the impact of the Legislature's actions on California's competitiveness. The state's financial woes will continue according to Kosmont, as further cuts were made to education and the courts, spending caps and pension reforms called for by the business community were not addressed, and redevelopment agencies are now forced to either wind down or "pay to play." ABx1 26 eradicates California's redevelopment agencies, creating a situation where agencies must pay $1.7 billion in 2011-12 and $400 million ongoing, or shut down their activities - an expensive prospect for cities already struggling with budget shortfalls. Economic development is essential for the growth and sustainability of communities; local economies cannot sustain without new private investments, tax revenues, and jobs. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

DID THE DEBT CEILING PRODUCE ANY WINNERS?  

 Orange County's Congressional Delegation, Moneyparty notwithstanding, unanimously voted in favor of raising the debt ceiling on Monday. While disagreement about the bill was pervasive in the weeks leading up to the vote, Orange County's congressional leaders did agree that a compromise was more favorable than the United States defaulting on it payments. More negotiations will no doubt to take place in the days ahead as Congress grapples with spending only what the government takes in, likely to result in cuts to programs and entitlements.

 

Budget Control Act of 2011 (S.365):

Rep. Ed Royce: Yes - Rep. Gary Miller: Yes - Rep. Ken Calvert: Yes - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher: Yes - Rep. Loretta Sanchez: Yes - Rep. John Campbell: Yes - Sen. Barbara Boxer: Yes - Sen. Dianne Feinstein: Yes 

 

Orange County has learned the positive effect that a robust economic development strategy can have on employment growth even during tough economic times, and it is no coincidence that the county is recovering faster than most other parts of the state and nation. Engaging in a dialogue about job creation and economic growth is the only proven and sustainable "debt reduction" plan that can be counted on for success over the long-term. Until sustained job creation and a fundamental economic growth strategy are front and center in any dialogue about the financial health and prospects of the U.S., the country will continue to need to revisit this difficult issue in the future. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.  

THIRD TIMES' A CHARM: COMMUNITY COLLEGES SEEK TO LIMIT REPEAT "OFFENDERS" 

California's Community Colleges Chancellor, The Honorable JackGraduation Scott, is considering a policy change to prevent community college students from enrolling in a single credit course more than three times. Based on a report from Inside Higher Ed, in 2010 approximately 33,000 students  retook a single credit class more than five times in the course of their education, on the state's dime.  

 

Advocates of the policy change state that allowing students to repeat courses time and again limits the number of seats available to new students. OCBC's Community College representatives recognize that the system faces severely limited resources to serve thousands of students. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development. 

SICK OF RED TAPE? TELL US WHO USES SCISSORS! 

Orange County Business Council is now accepting nominations for its inaugural competition, "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet," to recognize six outstanding public agencies in the distinct categories of:

  • Business Retention and Expansion
  • Responding to Globalization
  • Sustainable and Green Development
  • Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Leadership Award for Public Service

Nominations are due by September 15, 2011, and may be completed online or mailed to OCBC. The entry fee is $75 per nomination, and there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Honorees will be recognized at a reception on November 17. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

MAKING THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS ONE OC HISTORY LESSON AT A TIME
Your help is needed.
OCBC Past President Stan Oftelie is giving Orange County's school children the "Gift of History." On November 8, 2011 Orange County students are invited to attend an hour-long Assembly at Angel Stadium where they will receive a free copy of Oftelie's book, Nothing Rhymes With Orange, chronicling the history of Orange County. It is the goal of the event, hosted by Children's Education Foundation of Orange County, to educate local students about the cities they live in, the parks they play at, the streets they travel on and the dynamic leaders that shape their communities AND to hold the Guiness Book of Records' title for the biggest attendance at a history lesson! By encouraging students to engage in local history, Oftelie hopes to inspire community members who are civically minded and genuinely curious about their surroundings.

While the event is free, its success requires community support. Bringing together 35,000 students for this once-in-a-lifetime event takes planning and resources. Click here to read about how you can contribute to this exciting event. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
ALLERGAN CEO DAVID PYOTT SHARES HIS TOOLS FOR SUCCESS - AUGUST 23
The next Chairman's Leadership BreakfaCLB logost is nearly sold out! Get your tickets now for this exciting event, featuring Allergan CEO David Pyott. CLICK HERE for more event information.

WHEN: August 23, 2011 I 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
PLACE: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
COST: Non-Members $85, OCBC Members $55
   
For more information or to register for this event, contact Celeste Signornio, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development at 949.794.7223.
AROUND THE COMMUNITY
OCBC hosted the sold out Executive Invitational Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 28, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente of Orange County. THANK YOU to all the generous tournament sponsors--especially title sponsor KAISER PERMANENTE--and congratulations to the contest winners: Putting Contest: Doug Makowecki; Men's Longest Drive: Jason Greene; Women's Longest Drive: Brenda Fountain; Men's Closest to the Pin: Don Lucarelli (7'7"); Women's Closest to the Pin: Lisa Haines (28'11"). The First Place Mixed Team honor went to the foursome of Lacy Kelly, Richard Porras, Kate Klimow, and Javier Mier. The First Place Champions were the foursome of Bill Bester, Kevin Lombardo, Doug Makowecki, and Tom Greubel. Thanks to everyone who participated in this fantastic event! Photos from the event can be viewed by clicking here.

OCBC's Director of Workforce Development Alicia Berhow attended the US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for a Competitive Workforce LEADS Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on the issue of drop out rates among college students, and in particular the challenges facing minority students. The attendees discussed how the business community can work in collaboration with community colleges to offer incentives for students to continue their education, such as college internships and mentoring programs. The institute's goal is to train and educate a workforce that is equipped for the high-skill jobs of the future. To learn more about OCBC's Workforce Development initiative, click here.

ORANGE COUNTY'S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY EMPLOYS 4,000+ 

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While Orange County is no longer known for its citrus production, agriculture remains an important segment of the local economy. According to the California Department of Agriculture, Orange County ranks 31st of California's 58 counties in the value of agricultural production and almost 4,000 people in Orange County rely on agriculture for employment. Orange County's agricultural products were valued at more than $150 million in 2010. From flowers to fruits and vegetables, details on Orange County's agricultural output can be found in the annual Crop Report produced by the Orange County Agricultural Commissioner. The report is available on the County's website at http://ocagcomm.com.  

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: AUGUST

Infrastructure Committee Meeting 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 | 7:30 AM -9:00 AM 

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting  

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting  

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Executive Invitational Golf Tournament Committee  

Thursday, August 18, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, August 26, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  

 

Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only. All committee meetings are held at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on upcoming committee meetings for 2011 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241 or ldods@ocbc.org

IN THIS ECONOMY, YOU NEED ALL THE HELP YOU CAN GET!

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR OCBC MEMBERS. One of the many benefits of being a part of the Orange County Business Council is the ability to leverage our member relationships to improve your business. Take advantage of our new offers:   

 

SPECIAL OFFER FROM SEGERSTROM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts is offering OCBC members an exclusive discount on an upcoming performance of Mary Poppins! Click on the link below and enter the Orange County Business Council Priority Ticket Code - 12087 and pick your seats. It's fast, easy and a great benefit for preferred corporate partners. Mary Poppins -  Tuesday, August 2, 2011 7:30pm.

 

USC OFFERS DISCOUNTED EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

In just two to four days, you can update your knowledge, improve your skills, advance your career, and impact your entire organization through USC Marshall Executive Education programs.OCBC members will receive a special 20% discount on this course. Use code "OCBCmem20" when registering. For a complete list of in-person and on-line course offerings, visit www.marshall.usc.edu/execed, or call (213) 740-8990.

 

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATESUPS
Through the UPS Discount Program, OCBC members can save up to 28% on international, air and ground shipping. Whether you need a shipment to arrive the same day, the next day or in a few days, UPS will get your package there on time - guaranteed. Visit www.savewithups.com or call Kendra at 714.999.6351.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

SCAG 2012 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy Public Workshops - August 

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will be hosting Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) public outreach workshops throughout the region. We encourage you to attend a workshop and provide your valuable input on the RTP/SCS process that will shape the future vision for housing, land use and transportation planning in our region. In Orange County, there will be three workshops: August 3, 1-4pm, City of Anaheim: Gordon Hoyt Conference Center, City Hall West, Second Floor; August 10 4:30-7:30pm, City of Orange: Orange County Transportation Authority, Conference Room 103/104; August 15, 2-5pm, City of Mission Viejo: Civic Center, Saddleback Room. Click here for more information.

 

CBPCA 2008 HERS Basic Certification Training - August 17 - 25, 2011

The CBPCA 2008 HERS Basic Certification Training provides the classroom and field training required to qualify as a California Field Verification and Diagnostic Testing Rater under the new 2008 Standards. This course will qualify you for rating new and existing homes for Title 24, Part 6, field verifications and diagnostic testing of homes for utility HVAC incentive programs. Classes will be held August 17 - 19 at Irvine Valley College, and field tests will take place August 23 - 25. Register online at www.cbpca-hers.org or call 530.575.7835 for more information. 

 

Drive for Water Golf Tournament - Monday, August 22, 2011

Come play in the inaugural Drive for Water Golf Tournament at Monarch Beach Golf Links. The tournament will benefit No Thirsty Child, a program that pilots clean water programs aimed at promoting clean, safe, accessible water solutions in developing nations, allowing children greater access to education, better heath and quality of life. For more information contact Stephen Magliocco at Stephen@driveforwater.com or 714.470.3306.

 

Rep. Ed Royce Presents August Job Fair - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) will host a job fair on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at the Walter D. Ehlers Community Center in Buena Park. The job fair is free and open to all constituents who are interested in learning about available jobs.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with area businesses, employment experts and receive one-on-one resume critiquing. Attendees may register online at www.royce.house.gov/jobfair by clicking on the 'job seeker' button or by calling Rep. Royce's District Office at (714) 744-4130.       

 

Network OC: OC's Ultimate Business Mixer - Thursday, August 25, 2011

You are invited to OC's Ultimate Business Mixer, hosted by the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place August 25 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine. The cost is $25 for members of participating organizations, or $30 for visitors. Pre-register online at www.irvinechamber.com. 

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