The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                      Tuesday, January 28, 2014
'LESS REGULATION + LESS TAXATION + LESS LITIGATION = MORE INNOVATION, JOB CREATION'

OCBC hosted a roundtable discussion Thursday between Orange County business leaders and U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, 7th District of Tennessee, and Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee. She has served on the majority and minority whip teams since her election in 2002, including Deputy Whip for the 110th Congress from 2007 to 2009. Blackburn addressed some of the top issues in government affecting business, such as job creation, the Affordable Care Act, the Medical Device Tax, national energy policy, necessary infrastructure projects, tax reform, and immigration policy reform. Blackburn stressed that while the economy is slowly recovering, the federal government is not doing enough to support job creation. She said that lawmakers should employ a simple formula to lower the unemployment rate and boost the economy. CLICK HERE to read more.  CLICK HERE for photos of the congresswoman's visit. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.

THIS WILL SELL OUT! REACH NEW HEIGHTS AT OCBC'S 2014 ANNUAL DINNER - THE SKY'S THE LIMIT!

Come fly with OCBC at the 2014 Annual Dinner, sponsored by FivePoints Communities, where "The Sky's the Limit" for unlimited growth, unlimited opportunity, unlimited potential in Orange County. OCBC is pleased to present George Will, nationally-syndicated columnist, author and Pulitzer Prize Winner, as the keynote speaker. OCBC will recognize outgoing 2013 Chairman Michael Hornak, Senior Partner, Rutan & Tucker LLP, and install the 2014 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chairman Les Card, CEO,  LSA Associates Inc. 

 

 

When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. I February 20, 2014                                                                                                 

Where: Hotel Irvine, Jamboree Center 

Tickets: Member - $200 I Non-member- $300 I Table of ten: $2,000                                              

 

   

For more information contact Jocelin Jimenez at 949-794-7200. 

HOW DOES OC'S ECONOMY FARE FOR 2014? HOUSING MARKET RECOVERING, BUSINESS OPTIMISTIC
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Orange County's economy is showing positive signs of growth and recovery moving into 2014. At 5.2 percent, Orange County's unemployment rate is significantly lower than both the state and national averages, which are 8.3 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Chapman University predicts steady growth in California manufacturing industries, while CSU Fullerton data reveals that the Business Expectations Index is at an optimistic 88.8 in the first quarter of 2014, compared to 75 in the first quarter of 2013. The housing market is also recovering, with the total number of housing permits on the rise. However, Orange County remains the fifth costliest county in the state for renters, which is why Jamboree Housing recently called for more focus on building partnerships to strengthen the availability of workforce housing. CLICK HERE to read an article about the progress Jamboree Housing is making to address this critical issue. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

OCBC WELCOMES NEW EVENTS MANAGER SABRA BENES

OCBC is thrilled to announce that Sabra Benes will step in on February 3 as the new Events Manager. Benes comes to OCBC from her role as Events Manager for a number of Southern California venues, including Hotel Laguna. She brings nearly a decade of management experience to the position and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management from Chapman University. Welcome! OCBC bids a fond farewell to Leslie Dods, Director of Events. Dods leaves OCBC with great accomplishments, including elevating OCBC's profile and orchestrating numerous sold out signature events. We will miss her, but wish her well on her next adventures! For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development.

STATE OF EMERGENCY: CALIFORNIANS MUST CUT WATER USAGE BY 20 PERCENT

Gov. Jerry Brown called a drought emergency January 17 in response to the lowest rainfall year in California's 163-year history. The governor requests all California citizens employ a few simple tactics to cut water usage by 20 percent. The easiest way to save water is to conserve it outdoors as that is where 50 percent of residential water use occurs, said Chris Brown, former executive director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council. It is important to remember that plants need less water this time of year than in the summer. Among other tips, experts also recommend reducing shower times, turning the faucet off while brushing teeth or shaving, and using a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios instead of a hose. OCBC applauds Gov. Brown's focus during his State of the State Address on such important infrastructure projects as the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, which will help lead California out of a State of Emergency caused by severe water shortages.CLICK HERE for more tips on saving water. CLICK HERE to hear California Alliance for Jobs radio host and humorist Will Durst discuss why action is needed today to address the serious drought. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

REGISTER TODAY! 2014 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING SYMPOSIUM

Join OCBC, the Orange County Economic Development Working Group and the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), for the 2014 Southern California Economic Development Training Symposium.  Topics will include economic development financing tools, social media marketing as an economic development tool, creating an economic development strategy, and inside tips for business retention and expansion. CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE for an agenda.

 

When: Wednesday, February 5, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Anaheim Convention Center  I  800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim

Cost: $50 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and parking on site.

 

For additional information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

ROUNDTABLE SERIES TO PREPARE FUTURE BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERS

OCBC and the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) at Cal State Fullerton invite executives, engineering directors, project managers and human resource professionals in biomedical industries to the first of a series of biomedical industry roundtables and consultations. To reserve a seat at the roundtable, please RSVP to Hart Roussel at 657.278.5429 by Thursday, January 23. Registrants will receive additional information about the roundtable, including a brief questionnaire to help focus the discussion. CLICK HERE to read more. 

 

What: ECS Biomedical Engineering Industry Roundtable

When:  Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: OCBC Conference Center, Ste. 125, 2 Park Plaza, Irvine

 

For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

WANT CHANGE? JOIN OCBC AND ACC-OC IN SACRAMENTO TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Help make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County's competitive advantage by joining OCBC and the Association of California Cities--Orange County, for the annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Participants on the Sacramento trip will attend meetings with Assembly Speaker John Perez; Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway; Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones; Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction; Secretary Matthew Rodriquez of CalEP; and Secretary John Laird of California Natural Resources Agency. Speakers include State Treasurer Bill Lockyer; Secretary Diana Dooley  of California Health and Human Services; Secretary Cabellero of Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency; Claudia Cappio, Executive Director of California Housing Finance Agency; and Jeanne Cain of  California Chamber of Commerce.

 

Sacramento, CA - February 24 -25, 2014
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Washington, D.C. - May 19-21, 2014
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For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

OCBC COMMENDS GOV. BROWN'S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

OCBC applauds Gov. Jerry Brown's focus during the 2014 State of the State Address on the critical issues affecting California's economic recovery. OCBC commends the governor's push for local control on key concerns, such as reforms to the prison system and education. This focus on reforms shows fiscal restraint and will add stability to the economy. OCBC appreciates the governor's recognition of California's role in a global economy and mention of Orange County as a leader in the biotechnology and medical device industries.  While OCBC commends Gov. Brown's focus on fiscal restraint and stability, there must be more emphasis and leadership on regulation reform that advances jobs creation. At 8.5 percent unemployment, California continues to suffer one of the highest rates in the country. OCBC stands ready to work with the administration and legislature toward California's full economic recovery and employment. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

GET THERE FASTER! TCA ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE TOLL ROAD TECHNOLOGY

At a recent press conference, the Transportation Corridor Agency announced that Orange County drivers can now travel non-stop on tolled State Routes 73, 13, 241, and 261 due to new technology that will replace toll plazas. Drivers now have a variety of options to pay for traveling on the toll roads, such as investing in an ExpressAccount, or paying online within 48 hours of traveling on a toll road. CLICK HERE for a video that explains all the options available to motorists. CLICK HERE for a video of OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, responding to TCA's announcement. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

STATE INFRASTRUCTURE BANK RECEIVES PROGRAM UPGRADE FROM 'BIG THREE' RATING AGENCIES

Teveia Barnes, Executive Director, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) announced that the 'Big Three' credit rating agencies - Standard and Poor's (S&P), Fitch, and Moody's - have all awarded top ratings to the I-Bank's approximately $97 billion series 2014A Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) bonds. The I-Bank's ISRF Program provides loans to finance a wide range of infrastructure and economic expansion projects to local governments and other eligible borrowers.  I-Bank can fund more necessary infrastructure projects in California as a result of the ISRF program improvements, the credit upgrade, and the resulting lower interest rates. CLICK HERE to learn more about the ISRF bonds. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS FOR ORANGE COUNTY'S NEW VENDOR INFORMATION DAY
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As part of the County of Orange's effort to increase the awareness of potential procurement opportunities and to encourage vendors to participate and compete for the multitude of goods and services purchased by the County, the County's Procurement Office has established a Vendor Information Day. Held on the last Thursday of every month, this forum allows interested vendors to learn how to do business with the County and network with specialized purchasing agents that can explain the County's procurement process. Vendors are also provided with the opportunity to exchange information on their goods or services.  CLICK HERE to learn more or to RSVP for a session. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

SUPERVISOR SHAWN NELSON SELECTED AS OCTA BOARD CHAIRMAN

Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson was unanimously selected as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors January 13. Nelson, who is also the Fourth District Supervisor, served as the OCTA board's vice chairman for the last year. He replaces outgoing Chairman Greg Winterbottom, who remains on the board. Nelson, a resident of Fullerton, is an attorney by profession and has more than a decade of political experience since being elected to the Fullerton City Council in 2002. He served as mayor of Fullerton from 2004 to 2007. Replacing Nelson as vice chairman is Director Jeffrey Lalloway, who is a member of the Irvine City Council. He joined the OCTA board in January 2013. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

LUCY DUNN TO RECEIVE THE BISHOP'S AWARD FOR EXEMPLARY BUSINESS INTEGRITY

Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, will be awarded The Bishop's Award for Exemplary Business Integrity at the Twelfth Annual Orange Catholic Foundation's Conference on Business and Ethics: A Forum for Responsible Leaders. The conference program will feature keynote presentations by Matthew Kelly, an internationally acclaimed speaker, bestselling author, and business consultant; and pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and bestselling author. Timothy LeVecke, former President and current Chairman of the Board for the LeVecke Corporation, will also be honored. The conference will take place from 7:30 am. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21 at the Irvine Marriott. CLICK HERE for event details  and sponsorship opportunities information. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH NEIL PETERSON - MARCH 27

OCBC is pleased to announce that the first Chairman's Leadership Breakfast of 2014 will feature Neil Peterson, Founder of Flexcar, now Zipcar; CEO of Transportation Corridor Agencies; and Founder and Chairman of the not-for-profit Edge Foundation. Peterson has been a leader in innovation throughout his career. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of Orange County's top executives, interviewed by CEO Leadership Caucus Chairman, Tom Phelps, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Thanks to CLB sponsors Wells Fargo and AT&T.

 

When: 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast I 8 a.m - Program I 9 a.m - Adjourn

Where: Center Club, Costa Mesa

Tickets: OCBC Members - $60 I Non-member: $125

 

For more information contact Jocelin Jimenez at 949-794-7200. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY RECEIVES FIRST LEED GOLD RATING

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The historic Cypress Street Schoolhouse in Old Towne Orange, owned by Chapman University and renovated to house the university's early human development research program, was honored with a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.  The project is Chapman University's first to be LEED Gold-certified. LEED-certified buildings are honored because they have been designed to reduce landfill waste, conserve energy and water, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and be healthier and safer for occupants. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: PHOTO EDITING APPS

VSCO Cam: Mobile images have never looked so stunning. Utilizing this innovative processing technology, VSCO Cam™ yields elegant results, previously unattainable on the iPhone.  

Landcam:The all-in-one camera and square photo editor. This app allows for quick and easy editing in real time with live results. 

Viewfinder Basic: Use Viewfinder to quickly and easily compose your shot, choose your focal length, and a lot more before you ever reach for your equipment bag.  
Frontback: Frontback is a hot new camera app featured by CNN, Bloomberg TV, The New York Times, and The Verge! Take a photo with the front camera, another with the back camera, and share them both in a single image. 

Camera +: Whether you're a seasoned photographer or someone who's barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos. This app improves on almost every aspect of the built-in camera.  

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.  

POLITICAL CORNER  

Political events are for information purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.  

 

Assemblymember Tom Daly Re-election Campaign Kick-Off Reception - Thursday, February 13

Join friends and supporters for the Assemblymember Tom Daly for his Re-election Campaign Kick-Off Reception February 13, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at La Casa Garcia located at 531 W. Chapman Ave., Tustin, CA. To RSVP or for more information, please call (714)-495-4075.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

2013 CFO of the Year Awards - Tuesday, January 28

Join the Orange County Business Journal for the 2013 CFO of the Year Awards from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center. Murray Rudin, Managing Partner, Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Individual tickets cost $150, a table of ten is $1350. Day-of-event ticket sales will be available from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at Hotel Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Irvine Chamber Joins IEDC in Hosting 2014 Leadership Summit- February 2 - 4

Join the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and International Economic Development Council for the 2014 Leadership Summit, February 2 - 4, 2014. The 2014 Leadership Summit will focus on the economic development industry's transition into the global economy. The conference will identify the skills that leaders in the profession must have to excel within international business models.  CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Cox Cares Scholarship - Monday, February 3

The 2014 Cox Cares Scholarship Application is now live! Across Southern California, Cox will award a total of $110,000 in college scholarships. Scholarships are specific to residents who live in a Cox CA service area and who are pursuing higher education. The deadline to apply is February 3, 2014. CLICK HERE for additional criteria and the application link. 

 

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Public Meeting - Wednesday, February 5

The Draft BDCP and BDCP Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement have been made available for a 120-day public review and comment period that will conclude on April 14, 2014. Attend an open house meeting from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Ontario Convention Center to learn more and provide your input. CLICK HERE for more information and to download the documents. 

 

Community Ensembles Festival - Saturday, February 8

Join the Pacific Symphony for the Community Ensembles Festival where community ensembles from throughout Orange County have the unique opportunity to perform on the concert hall stage and receive feedback from Pacific Symphony musicians. This all-day event, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., will feature community ensembles from throughout the county performing on the RenĂ©e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall stage. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

CSUF Fast Pitch Competition - Saturday, February 8

Join California State University of Fullerton's Center for Entrepreneurship's first annual Fast Pitch Competition, bringing together students from universities and high schools from across Orange County to pitch their promising business ideas and network. They are currently searching for local businesses to sponsor this unique event. For more information, please contact the CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship at (657)-278-3464 or Trev77@csu.fullerton.edu.

 

Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Living Ethics Every Day Seminar - Thursday, February 27

Join the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership Living Ethics Every Day seminar on February 27, 2014 from 7:15 to 9:45 a.m.  for a breakfast seminar featuring Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and Co-CIO of PIMCO, as the keynote speaker.CLICK HERE to register. 

 

Pacific Research Institute's 2014 Baroness Thatcher Dinner - Friday, March 7

Join the Pacific Research Institute for the 2014 Baroness Thatcher Orange County Dinner featuring Dr. Charles Krauthammer at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Island Hotel Newport Beach. The institute will honor William E. Simon, Jr. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Pacific Symphony Announces 2014-15 Concert Series - September 25, 2014 to March 14, 2015

Pacific Symphony Announces 2014-15 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series -- Celebrating Music Director Carl St. Clair's 25th Anniversary. CLICK HERE for more information and a concert calendar. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: FEBRUARY
Economic Development Committee Meeting 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting
Friday, February 7, 2014 I 7:30 a.m to 9:00 a.m

Government Affairs Committee Meeting
Friday, February 7, 2014 I 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m 
 
Membership Committee Meeting
Monday, February 10, 2014 I 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
 
Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 I 7:30 a.m to 9:00 a.m.
 
LEA Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 13, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
 
Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 I 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
 
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 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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:    

NEW! SUPPORT PACIFIC CHORALE AND ENJOY SHOWS AND SOIREES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Vivace is a new social-oriented support group of the Pacific Chorale, creating opportunities for music lovers to engage by attending concerts and interacting socially with the Pacific Chorale family. Vivace membership includes concert tickets, special soirees, and discounts and other offers at restaurants and hotels. For more information contact Liana Schwind at 714.662.2345 or liana@pacificchorale.org

 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this summer. From the music of Neil Diamond to Beethoven to the soundtrack of your favorite Pixar Movies; there's something for everyone this summer. These concerts are perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations, groups of friends, and family. Groups of 10 or more save 20% or special seating in 3rd tier Upper Terrace at just $20 for groups only. Visit PacificSymphony.org for complete schedule, seating charts and concert information. Group discounts are available only through Group Sales at (714) 876-2384 or by email to Groups@PacificSymphony.org.

 

SAVE MONEY AND ELECTRICITY BY GOING SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER 

Have you considered solar for your home?  The world's leading solar manufacturer, SunPower Corporation, has joined OCBC and is offering OCBC investors (and their employees) a special discount on solar for your home.  Beyond a generous discount for us all, SunPower is also making a donation to STEM Education in Orange County for each residential system purchased through this program.  This is a great way to save costs on electricity and to support the local community at the same time. CLICK HERE to sign up for a free solar home evaluation and for more information on this special offer. 

 

SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FROM TOSHIBA  

OCBC members receive special discounts on Toshiba LCD televisions, laptop computers and accessories. CLICK HERE for the discount website or call 1-800-405-3704 and reference PROGRAM ID: PAOB.

 

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATES
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 http://savewithups.com/ocbc/ or call 714.502.2577.
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