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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

DUNN & DONE: BROWN'S VISIT BEHIND THE ORANGE CURTAIN

dunnThere's been a lot of media coverage over Governor Jerry Brown's visit two weeks ago to OCBC. Orange County overwhelmingly supported gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman in the last election and it's not often that the OC business community embraces the policy or politics of Sacramento.  Having this Governor visit behind the Orange Curtain was a welcome departure from politics as usual.

 

And I gotta give the Governor credit where credit is due.  He came, he met with 50 top OC CEO's and business leaders, he presented his proposals for systemic reform, and he advocated his proposed November ballot measure, now gathering signatures to qualify, to temporarily raise sales taxes cent for five years and raise annual income taxes for earners over $250,000.  The funds would be used for education in order to avoid further cuts, he says. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

THERE WILL BE SURPRISES YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!

LAST CHANCE: Nothing Rhymes with Orange Annual Dinner Almost Sold Out!

 

OCBC's Annual Dinner features keynote speaker Thomas Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. OC's premiere business event, presented by Bentley Prince Street and Kaiser Permanente, will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Tickets are selling very quickly, so purchase your ticket or table soon before they sell out! 

 

The theme of the 2012 Annual Dinner is Nothing Rhymes with Orange. In keeping with this theme, Staggs will share his perspective on a unique Orange County success story that gave rise to a new concept in family entertainment embraced around the world. The Walt Disney Company, like many global companies, has roots in Orange County and reflects the innovation and creativity that flourish in the region. He will relate the Disney story to your own business, brand and prospects for growth! And, as with anything Disney, something special is planned to make this a unique evening for you.   

     

During the Annual Dinner OCBC will recognize outgoing 2011 Chairman Eddie Northen of UPS, and install the 2012 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair Julie Miller-Phipps, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Orange County. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

SOFTWARE PIRACY COSTS CALIFORNIA 20,000 JOBS AND $1.66 BILLION IN 2011

The Economic Consequences of Software Piracy on California study, conducted by Dr. Wallace Walrod, OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor, was released Wednesday by Protect California Jobs & Innovation. The study highlights the economic impacts of software piracy on jobs creation, job retention, tax revenues and economic activity across California. The IT and Computer Software industry cluster is a large and growing driver of the state's economy, and the health of this sector is vital to economic recovery. The key findings of the study include:

  • In 2011, California lost $1.66 billion in economic activity, almost 20,000 jobs, and $697.6 million in state and local tax revenue in 2011 due to Software Piracy. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.
ELECTION UPDATE: NEW BALLOT MEASURE FOR 2012 GAINS CRITICAL SUPPORT

More government reform on the way: Two nonpartisan citizen organizations dedicated to reforming and improving state government in California are joining forces in support of the Government Performance and Accountability Act (GPAA), a ballot measure expected to qualify for the November 2012 ballot. The Think Long Committee for California and the California Forward Action Fund will partner in leading the GPAA campaign effort and provide expertise, organization and financial resources to ensure its success. The Government Performance and Accountability Act would make common-sense improvements to California's system of budget and governance, bringing state government closer to the people and giving local communities a stronger voice. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

HOW TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF YOUR DAILY COMMUTE

For nearly a decade, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has been committed to integrated transportation and land use planning. Now with Senate Bill 375, a Sustainable Communities Strategy will also be part of the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan (2012 RTP) that integrates transportation, land use, housing, and environmental planning with the goal of reducing regional greenhouse gas emissions.

 

SCAG invites all Southern Californians to participate in the process of creating the future vision for the region. The next public hearing of SCAG's Draft 2012-2035 RT/SCS is Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 3 p.m. located at SCAG's main office, 818 W. 7th Street, 12th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. CLICK HERE to read the RTP. CLICK HERE for more information. 

HOME BUYERS WANT BIGGER, GREENER AND MORE AFFORDABLE

On January 25, the Workforce Housing Committee was honored to welcome Mollie Carmichael of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, to discuss the region's current housing trends and challenges. The main challenges facing the housing market are that home values are still decreasing, interest rates are rising and new home sales are low.

 

In order to overcome these obstacles in the housing market, developers need to accommodate for the needs of the upcoming generation of homebuyers, ages 10 to 30 years. This generation represents the largest generation in history, with 84 million people, and has the greatest transition from their previous generation in terms of lifestyle and home buying. Currently, only 21 million are at the age of buying a home, but by 2020 most of the generation Y will be looking to buy. Until then however, the challenge will be on how to get this generation to want and buy a new home. While most people believe it is a good time to buy, 98 percent say they would rather buy a home than rent and believe their home will gain value, the challenge for buyers' remains finding the right home.

 

With the current and upcoming generations of home buyers, design matters when making the decision to buy a home. Buyers want bigger, more affordable homes, with an outdoor green space. Green technology throughout the home is also expected. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

OCBC HOSTS PREMIER REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM - MARCH 20

In conjunction with the California Stewardship Network and California Forward, OCBC will host the Orange County Economic Development Regional Forum on Tuesday, March 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Anaheim Marriott.

 

OCBC will examine Orange County's economic opportunities for job creation and competitiveness in leading regional clusters, emerging industries and growing markets.  In addition, forum participants will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion regarding the major policy requirements needed to capitalize on opportunities for job creation and competitiveness in a variety of critical areas. More details and event registration are coming soon. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.   

ANAHEIM: STAY THE COURSE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT!

On January 24 the Anaheim City Council approved up to $158 million in tax incentives to build two new luxury hotels in Anaheim's Gardenwalk complex. The development is expected to create about 4,500 much-needed construction and permanent jobs, generate about $4.4 billion in economic activity over 20 years and $20 million in tax revenue annually. The city will not provide money up front to the hotels, but will give back hotel-bed taxes that will be collected after the 866 rooms open.  

 

OCBC Vice President of Government Affairs Kate Klimow testified during the Anaheim City Council meeting in favor of the proposal, along with many other business leaders. The council voted 3-2, with Mayor Tom Tait and Coucilwoman Lorri Galloway opposing the proposal. However, the council is holding a special meeting today to review the contract and consider a possible rescission of the plan, as many residents have called the Council with concern over how the item was presented. On last week's agenda, the proposal was listed as a discussion item, leading some residents to believe the Council would only discuss the item and vote at a later meeting.  Today's special meeting is at 5 p.m. at the Anaheim City Hall, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

GREAT PARK ANNOUNCES $21.5 MILLION CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

The Orange County Great Park Corporation has announced the next phase of Park construction with a presentation on the $21.5 million 2012 Western Sector Park Development Plan Capital Improvement Project. This latest round of development will feature soccer fields, a community garden, and a new visitors center pavilion - representing the Park's first vertical construction.The bid package for this wide-ranging capital improvement project was released for public bid January 12, and construction is expected to begin in March. Bids for 2012 Western Sector Park Development Plan Capitol Improvement Project are due February 24, 2012. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

SAVE THE DATE: OCBC GOES TO WASHINGTON AND SACRAMENTO...JOIN US!


Mark your calendars for OCBC's 2012 One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips to Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, CA, April 23 to 25 and May 14 to 15. Meet with lawmakers, members of the administration, and other decision makes on business issues such as economic development, education, housing, transportation and water. More details and information are coming soon.  

 

Washington, D.C.: April 23 - 25, 2012
Member Price: $1,650 Non-Member Price: $1,850
(includes hotel, meals, meeting materials - but not airfare)

CLICK HERE to register

 

Sacramento, CA: May 14 - 15, 2012
Member Price: $850 Non-Member Price: $1,000
(includes hotel, meals, meeting materials - but not airfare)

CLICK HERE to register 

 

For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

REGISTER TODAY! CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH JAMES MAZZO, MARCH 7

Join OCBC at the first 2012 Chairman's Leadership Breakfast on March 7, featuring James Mazzo, President of Abbott Medical Optics. Headquartered in Santa Ana, Abbott Medical Optics is the global leader in advanced refractive technologies for eye care professionals and patients. As President, Mr. Mazzo grew the company's sales from $538 million in 2002 to more than $1 billion in 2008. During this time, he also engineered several strategic acquisitions worth more than $3 billion, taking the company to clear leadership positions in the cataract and eye care markets and the global No. 1 position in refractive surgery. Join OCBC for this candid discussion with one of OC's top CEO's, hosted by Tom Phelps, CEO Leadership Caucus Chair, and presented by AT&T and Wells Fargo

 

 

 

OCBC has lined up a stellar cast of CEOs for the 2012 Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Series:  

March 7 - James Mazzo, President, Abbot Medical Optics

May 17 - Michael Morhaime, President and CEO, Blizzard Entertainment  

June 6 - William Wang, CEO, Vizio

July 31 - Henrik Fisker, CEO, Fisker Automotive

September 20 - CSU Presidents Panel

October 30 - Dr. Benjamin Chu, Group President, Kaiser Permanente   

    

Chairman's Leadership Breakfasts take place at the Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. OCBC members receive discounted series and ticket prices. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.     

ATTENTION BUSINESS LEADERS: COUNTY RECRUITING NEW AUDITOR-CONTROLLER

The Orange County County of Orange LogoBoard of Supervisors has initiated the recruitment process to select the County's next Auditor-Controller. The Board is seeking candidates to replace David Sundstrom, who is resigning January 31 to become Auditor, Controller, Treasurer and Tax Collector in Sonoma County. Specific educational and professional qualifications for Auditor-Controller candidates are detailed in California Government Code section 26945. Since Auditor-Controller is an elected office, the individual appointed must also be a registered voter within the County of Orange and be qualified to vote for that office at the time of appointment.

Information about the Auditor-Controller recruitment, including the educational and professional qualifications, and a link to the on-line application can be found on the County's website at www.ocgov.com/jobs. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since the recruitment will close on February 24, 2012. The Auditor-Controller's annual salary is set at $173,097.

CHASE GETS IT: SMALL BUSINESS ARE KEY TO JOBS CREATION

In 2011, Chase increased their small business lending by 52%, providing $17 billion of credit through 400,000 new loans and lines to American small businesses. In California Chase was the number one small business lender, providing $4.7 billion in credit to more than 75,000 companies - an increase of 70%. This lending is critical to the nation's economic recovery; small businesses - not large - are the primary jobs creators, and are the engines of economic growth.

 

Chase has pledged to maintain elevated lending volumes through at least 2013. The continued increase in Chase's lending reflects the bank's pledge to help American small business grow.  In 2011, the bank hired 450 new bankers to serve more than 2 million small businesses. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: VONS COMMITTED TO INNOVATIVE PRACTICES FOR SUSTAINABLITY

EnvironmentBalancing the needs of customers with the needs of the environment is delicate process that has been apart of Vons' company policy since Charles Von der Ahe opened his 20-foot wide Groceteria in 1906. Their journey toward greater sustainability continued in 2010 as they applied their long-standing environmental commitment in new ways. With careful fleet management, development of renewable energy sources, and zero-waste business practices Vons has remained a green company that is committed to reducing their impact on the planet. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: STOCKS ON-THE GO

Get your trade on with these smartphone apps:

   

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Stock Timing - In trading, timing is everything. To make a profitable stock trade, you must understand a stock's history and stock timing can help.

Market Scan - Stock Technical Analysis - Market Scan is a unique application that allows traders to scan the stock market for profit opportunities on specific technical criteria.

iChartist Stock - iChartist is an advanced Stock, Forex and Futures charting and technical analysis app for serious traders and investors.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Join Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Celebrations

Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary, and have planned a year-long slate of activities that will make 2012 the 'Year of the Girl.' Orange County's 25,000 Girl Scouts will kick off the festivities with their Centennial Cookie Sale, January 29 -March 11. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation's most successful business skills and financial literacy program for girls (watch What Can A Cookie Do), and we hope you will support and encourage the girls when they come knocking at your door or you see them at a neighborhood store. We also invite you to mark your calendars for July 27 when Girl Scouts Rock the OC Fair with hundreds of exciting activities, demonstrations and stage performances. See you at the fair! For more information contact Linda Hartney-Purdy  at lhpurdy@girlscoutsoc.org.  

 

12th Annual Conference on Advanced Power Power Generation - February 7 - 9, 2012 

The focus of ICEPAG 2012 is Advanced Power Generation: Tens of Kilowatts to Thousands of Megawatts. Presentations by industry, government and academic leaders will address the technological, environmental, regulatory and market aspects of the featured technologies, including (1) emerging international activity, (2) development of international markets, and (3) the potential for collaboration among participating countries. To see the full program, click here.   

 

The State of Education in Orange County 2012 - February 23, 2012

The State of Education 2012 is designed to support educators, business and community members as they rethink how to best address the diverse needs of our students, restructure practices to ensure relevance in a global society, and rebound with renewed rigor to provide a world class education for every Orange County student. Taking place February 23 from 7:30am to 10:30am at the Orange County Department of Education, featuring Tom Torlakson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ronald Bennett, President and CEO of School Services of California, Bill Habermehl, County Superintendent of Schools, and Lucy Dunn, President and CEO of Orange County Business Council. Click here for more information and to register. 

 

Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership to Feature USC's Pat Haden at Ethics Seminar - March 29, 2012

Got ethics?  The Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership and Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer Leading the Ethical Organization, a half-day ethics seminar for business leaders.  The event will be held from 7:30-11:00 a.m. on March 29 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.  The breakfast seminar will feature a keynote address from Pat Haden, USC Director of Athletics, a panel of business leaders discussing ethics in the workplace, and presentation of the Ukleja Center's 2012 John Wooden Ethics in Leadership Award to Pat Haden.  Click here for more information and to register. 

 

Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer - May 3, 2012

The Real Estate & Building Industry Mixer, hosted by Orange County United Way, brings together hundreds of CEOs, real estate, building industry, and banking leaders to raise funds for Orange County United Way's Community Impact Fund, which invests in the Building Blocks for a self-sufficient life: Education, Income, and Health. This donor circle consists of leaders in the community who represent the "sticks and bricks" who help build self-sufficient lives in OUR community. The event will take place May 3rd at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. To register, visit www.realestate2012.kintera.org.

OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: FEBRUARY  
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Monday, February 6, 2012  I  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 9, 2012  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, February 10, 2012  I  9:30 AM - 11:00 AM


Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 2012  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Workforce Development Committee Meeting
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Community College Working Group
Thursday, February 23, 2012  I  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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:   

 

SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Enjoy an exclusive discount offer for being a Segerstrom Center for the Arts preferred corporate partner! Receive a special discount for the Tuesday, January 17th performance of Cats. Just click on this link, enter promotion code 13862, and buy discount tickets online! You can pick your seats, print at home and avoid all service fees. It's fast, easy and a great benefit for preferred corporate partners.

 

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.

BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU!  Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs. Let our friendly staff and beautiful interior bring you and your guests a wine-country experience customized to your liking at a surprisingly affordable cost. Our retail shoppe is perfect for last-minute gifts including over 350 wines, charcuterie and artisan cheeses, wine accessories, food frills, and gift baskets tailored to your specifications. Please contact Garett Savage (garett@bacchussecretcellar.com) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
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