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Tuesday, October 11, 2011   

GOVERNOR APPROVES ENTERPRISE ZONE FOR ANAHEIM: MAJOR VICTORY FOR JOBS CREATORS!

Yesterday, we received word from JobsAnaheim Chamber of Commerce CEO Todd Ament that Anaheim's provisional approval for a coveted Enterprise Zone was finally formally approved!  Anaheim joins Santa Ana as Orange County's only two cities with this designation which gives tax credits to certain businesses that hire the unemployed or hard-to-hire, taking them off the unemployment rolls.  Anaheim has 180 days to complete its conditions of approval and execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Kudos to Dr. Wallace Walrod, economist for OCBC, who first brought to light Anaheim's EZ qualifying statistics, and to Anaheim city staff and chamber leadership for applying, and re-applying, for this coveted designation. According to Todd Ament, this designation can mean tens of millions of dollars annually for businesses who hire, and taxpayer savings of millions of dollars taking folks off unemployment rolls. 

 

Note:  Governor Brown has made it clear that he is not a fan of Enterprise Zones and, effective October 10, 2011, has ordered a moratorium for all future EZ's and will institute a process to seek reforms of the program. For a copy of the HCD Director Cathy Creswell's memo on the Status of EZ Program Administration, click here. For more info, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

LEGISLATORS' JOBS CREATION EFFORTS? NOT SO GOOD YET...
The legislative session is now over. You are safe for a while before California legislators reconvene to "fix" your lives, businesses, and wallets.
The good news:
Governor Brown formalized his Office of Business and Economic Development. GO ED was established in April 2010 via executive order but this action ensures that California now has a permanent and highly visible single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. Governor Brown also signed into law a bill that, among other things, requires a standard economic impact analysis for major regulations at the beginning of the regulatory process.
The bad news:
Governor Brown vetoed a requirement that the state begin "performance-based budgeting," forcing each state agency to provide lawmakers its goals, targeted outcomes and performance data. This bill was strongly supported by the business community.
CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
SENATOR WYLAND AND ASSEMBLYMEMBER SILVA TOP OCBC'S LIST OF "BEST VOTES"

OCBC took positions and advocated on behalf of dozens of state bills throughout the legislative session. Posted below is a summary of how Orange County's delegation ranks in order of support for OCBC positions on the 30 bills identified during the May 2011 "One Voice, Two Capitols" advocacy trip. The adjusted calculation is based on the number of times a legislator voted with OCBC, divided by the total number of times a legislator was present for a vote.caflag

     

CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
WANT TO STUFF A MOUNTAIN LION? NOW YOU CAN! SQUIRREL!

After previously debating the definition of a hot dog, we should have expected a bill about a stuffed cat. While not crazy that he signed this "SQUIRREL" bill into law, we love the Governor's snarky message that called out the legislature on their rare bipartisanship for this "presumably important" bill.  While we're pleased that Democrats and Republicans found a way to work together, SB 769's purpose of allowing for the stuffing and displaying of dead mountain lions isn't exactly going to be a jobs creator. Except for taxidermists. SQUIRREL! To read about other SQUIRRELS distracting the Legislature, visit www.CaliforniaSquirrel.com. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

WE LIKE WHEN THE DOTS CONNECT! CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION


Kudos to Dr. Richard Sudek, Director of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics, for another innovative Chapman University competition.  Take 20 top ranked universities, add entrepreneurial training, smart college students, new ideas, $100,000 in prize money PLUS up to $1,000,000 in potential equity financing and you get a business plan competition worth watching!  UCLA, CalTech, USC, UCI, CSUF, Claremont McKenna, Loyola Marymount, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara and others are on board.  Awards will be made April 28, 2012 at Chapman University.  Sponsors are still needed.  OCBC is already on board.  How about YOU?  For more information, contact Richard Sudek at  949.363.6647 or Lucy Dunn at 949.476.2242. Click here for the event flier. 

CFEE CONFERENCE LONG ON WATER AND MOBILITY FUNDING NEEDS, SHORT ON SOLUTIONS


Yesterday, Lucy Dunn, President andgas CEO of Orange County Business Council, attended an invitation-only meeting of top elected officials, business and policy leaders to discuss California's ever-growing need to meet its population growth and demands for mobility improvements and water at the annual California Foundation on the Environment and Economy conference.  She joined John Laird, Secretary of California's Natural Resources Agency, and Dan Richard, newly appointed to the High Speed Rail Commission, together with her fellow California Transportation Commissioners in reviewing alternative methods for delivering projects, the future of increased water rates, tolling, and/or increased gas taxes.  It is clear, to this writer anyway, that the general public thinks their gas taxes should be paying for everything, yet a gas tax that hasn't increased since 1993, is not indexed, and-because of fuel-efficient and alternative vehicles-is a declining source of revenue for roads, freeways, transit, trains and other forms of transportation. From public-private partnerships to fees based on vehicle miles traveled, to raising water rates, funding alternatives were discussed, but no consensus reached on which should be pursued.   

 

If you knew the gas tax wasn't cutting it anymore, and electric cars were your future, how would you propose we fund road repairs?  Clearly, in a tough economy, these conversations need to start to develop into action plans.  Watch as the Southern California Association of Governments starts to tackle this as they develop their regional transportation plan over the next year.  For more information, www.cfee.net or contact Lucy Dunn, President and CEO.

TUSTIN LEGACY PROJECT SEEKS DEVELOPERS

In early August the Commercial PropertyCity of Tustin issued a call for developers to build nearly 1,000 new homes, a hotel, and nearly 1 million square feet of commercial space in the first five tracts of the Tustin Legacy project, located at the former Marine Corps Air Station. The city's desire is to collaborate with highly qualified and well-financed developers who share the city's vision for Tustin Legacy, and who will help the city create a vibrant new district in Tustin. Nine companies applied to act as builders on the first two sites. The finalists will be asked to submit detailed proposals for each site, which will be evaluated by a team that includes city redevelopment agency staff and consultants with expertise in development and finance. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research. 
WHITMAN AND NEWSOM AGREE: THERE ARE CLEAR PATHS TO "FIXING" CALIFORNIA'S WOES

Last week OCBC welcomed to Orange County Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, who shared with business leaders their unique economic perspectives and plans to restore California's competitiveness and prosperity. While Newsom and Whitman hold different political viewpoints, their messages were the same: California is in peril; leaders in Sacramento MUST make economic development a priority in order to create jobs, enhance California's business attractiveness, and restore California's competitiveness in a global economy. CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE for photos from the events. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 
JOIN OCBC IN HONORING LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOBS CREATORS - NOVEMBER 17

Registration is now open! Join Orange County Business Council for the inaugural Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards & Reception, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase, November 17 at Mastro's Steakhouse in Costa Mesa. OCBC will recognize six outstanding public agencies for eliminating barriers to economic growth and jobs creation. Awards will be presented in the following categories:

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

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011

TIME: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Mastro's Steakhouse, 633 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa 

COST: Members - $45, Non-Members - $75

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE!

Register today for the 2011 Workforce Development Conference, featuring guest speaker Dean Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn will discuss with Vogel 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. Also featured, the Orange County Workforce Investment Board's Annual Workforce Indicators presented by OCBC's Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.  

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2011

TIME: 11:30am - 1:30pm 

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Irvine

COST: Members - $80, Non-Members - $100

 

For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

MEET NEW OCBC MEMBER, MAX GARDNER, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF OC UNITED WAY

It's only been 90 days since Max Gardner, former head of The Irvine Company's Irvine Apartment Communities joined  Orange County United Way (OCUW) as President and CEO, but he is already making his mark at the Irvine-based nonprofit. CLICK HERE for OCMetro's cover story. Known for his transparent and hands-on leadership style, Gardner is settling into his new position the only way he knows how - by getting out of the office and into the community to meet the people who are helping improve lives and strengthen Orange County. Having served on OCUW's Board of Directors for five years, and as Co-Chair of one of its donor circles, The Tocqueville Society, Gardner is not completely new to Orange County United Way, but he is on a mission to set a new course for the nearly ninety-year-old health and human services organization. An example of that new course: the organization's current Campaign video. A departure from their previous testimonial-driven videos, the "Turning Around" clip offers a glimpse behind the velvet curtain of the Orange County depicted on TV and highlights how the entire community can make a difference by restoring HOPE with their actions. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

OCBC WELCOMES DELAINE MOORE TO STAFF
OCBC is pleased to welcome Delaine Moore, who joins us as Communications and Events Specialist. Moore previously worked as Editor in Chief of The Orion, Chico State's student newspaper, and as an intern at Jamboree Housing Corporation and Local.com. Moore graduated from California State University, Chico, receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in News Editorial and International Relations. She has experience in media relations, writing, multimedia and events. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
HELP A FAMILY IN NEED DURING THE HOLIDAYS

It's that time of year again...Did you know that your business or workplace can help brighten the holidays for children and adults in need by partnering with the County of Orange? Simply call or email to request Angel Tags, which provide gift suggestions for children or seniors and can be displayed on trees, bulletin boards or walls. Taking part in an Angel Tag gift project is a wonderful alternative to your annual gift exchange! Or, if you prefer, your group's tax deductible donations enable Operation Santa Claus and Senior Santa & Friends to purchase gifts and other special-need items for foster children, adults with disabilities, and seniors in need. Contact Operation Santa Clause at 714.679.2438 or operationsantaclaus@ssa.ocgov.com. Contact Senior Santa and Friends at 714.825.3111 or senior.santa@ssa.ocgov.com. 
ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: CITY OF IRVINE

The City of Irvine is focused on promoting eco-living and providing all the information necessary for its residents to live clean, green lifestyles and preserve the environment for future generations to come. The city has developed a number of environmental programs including their Energy Plan whose objective is to eliminate energy waste, improve the efficiency with which energy is used, encourage the use of renewable energy, such as the sun and wind, and increase awareness of energy issues in Irvine.

 

The city's Redevelopment Agency developed a plan with the objective to create a sustainable green community in Orange County. The program led to the creation of a "Green Team" which develops innovative ideas for the community to adopt, some of which include regulations in the city's zoning and building code that comply with green building programs, recycling efforts of a Zero Waste Ordinance, and the distribution of 60,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs to the community in the effort to reduce energy use and GHG emissions. Irvine's community reforms have been extensive and show a city taking proper steps to preserve the planet's environment. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: APPS FOR THE FUTURE WORKFORCE

In honor of Thursday's Workforce Development Conference, here are some great apps for college students: 

  • iStumbler Release 99 - helps you sniff out nearby Wi-Fi networks, even if you're just stumbling around campus with an open laptop.
  • OmniGraphSketcher - make elegant and precise graphs in seconds, whether you have specific data to report or a concept to explain.
  • MindNode - Helpful for collecting, organizing and outlining your thoughts and ideas as mind maps.
  • Dejal Time-out - It's easy to get wrapped up doing homework but Dejal Time-Out will gently remind you to take a break on a regular basis.
  • Mathtype - thanks to this nifty app, you can build authentic formulas appropriate for rigorous review and study.

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC UPCOMING EVENTS
Workforce Development Conference - Thursday, October 13 - Hyatt Regency Irvine

Click here to register. Click here for more event information. Click here for sponsorship opportunities. 

 

Chairman's Leadership Breakfast With Victor Nichols - Tuesday, October 18 - Center Club - SOLD OUT! 

Click here for event information.

 

Economic Forecast Conference - Thursday, October 27 - Hyatt Regency Irvine - SOLD OUT! 

Click here for event information. Click here for sponsorship opportunities.   

 

Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception - Thursday, November 17 - Mastro's Steakhouse

Click here to register. Click here for event information. Click here for sponsorship opportunities. 

 

Annual Dinner - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - Hyatt Regency Irvine

Save the Date! Contact Leslie Dods for more information. 

 

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: OCTOBER
Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 18, 2011  I  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 19, 2011  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 20, 2011  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

 

OCMoves Committee Meeting

Friday, October 21, 2011  I  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  

 

Community College Working Group Committee Meeting

Thursday, October 27, 2011  I  3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

 

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, October 28, 2011  I  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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Hoag Hospital Foundation's Forum on Healthcare 2011 - Wednesday, October 12, 2011 

Thought leaders Andrew J. Policano, Ph.D., dean, The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, Richard Afable, M.D., president and CEO, Hoag and Michael A. Mussallem, chairman of the board and CEO, Edwards Lifesciences will lead a discussion aimed at addressing today's challenging health care questions. To register, visit  www.forumbyhoag.org.  


ACC-OC Legislative Reception - Thursday, October 20, 2011
Join ACC-OC for a complimentary Legislative Reception at Original Mike's in Santa Ana from 5:30-7:30pm. Meet with Orange County's state and federal delegation as well as other local dignitaries. Connect with the region's most prominent civic and business leaders. Heavy hors d'ouevres will be provided, along with a complimentary cocktail for every attendee. Click here to register for this event.

Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science - Saturday, October 29, 2011

Join Project Tomorrow for the second annual "Leading the Way: Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science" to listen and learn about students' ideas for improving math and science instruction in our local schools, ensure that students fully understand why a solid foundation in math and science is critical for their future, and provide a forum for local companies to interact and learn about their future employees. For more information contact Marianne Miller at mmiller@tomorrow.org or (949)609-4660 x13.

 

Startup Weekend Orange County - November 18-20, 2011

Startup weekend is a nonprofit that provides educational events providing a "crash course in entrepreneurship" throughout the county and world. SWOC is brings together developers, designers, tech-folks, and entrepreneurs together to build, design, and pitch a business. In 2010, over 850 ventures were launched and over 10% received funding after one year. For more information visit orangecounty.startupweekend.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:   

 

CHEVRON WORLD CHALLENGE

WatchTiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, K.J. Choi, Steve Stricker and some of your favorite PGA TOUR golfers compete at Sherwood Country Club this December for the 2011 Chevron World Challenge, December 1-4.  VIP hospitality packages are available to entertain top clients in the Executive Club which overlooks the 18th green and features a deluxe menu and full beverage service.  Multiple group tickets packages are also a great way to entertain contacts and employees with access to the Clubhouse, Champions Club and tournament grounds.  Call 949-725-3003 and ask for Dan Scali or visit www.chevronworldchallenge.com and enter promo code OCBC for a 10% discount on your total order!    

 

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.

 

SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTS DISCOUNTED TICKETS

Enjoy an exclusive discount offer for being a Segerstrom Center for the Arts preferred corporate partner!

Just click here to receive a special discount for the Friday, October 14 performance of Shrek, at 7:30pm. Enter promo code 13862 to purchase discount tickets online! 

 

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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