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Tuesday, October 25, 2011   

CONGRESSMAN AND PHYSICIAN TOM PRICE: WASHINGTON IS HARMING PATIENTS

Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) visited Orange County Business Council last week to meet with a handful of Orange County industry leaders to discuss health care and tax policies, and the nation's economy. Congressman Price echoed the sentiments that have been heard many times recently regarding the nation's unemployment rate - something needs to be done to get people back to work. "Everybody knows somebody who isn't working, or not working in the position they want," Congressman Price said.

 

Another topic of discussion during the lunch meeting was that of health care policies. Congressman Price is also a physician with personal career experience in meeting patient needs. He voiced his view that "what Washington is doing is harmful to patients," and outlined the components of his bill, HR 3000, to focus on quality patient care, without all the government regulation. The plan has gained bipartisan support. The plan addresses three main concerns. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

ALL THE KILLER SQUIRRELS ARE DEAD!

In the last newsletter we told casquirrelyou that Senator Wyland and Assemblymember Silva topped OCBC's list of "best votes." Now find out how the rest of Orange County's delegation voted on the bills most critical to business interests. CLICK HERE to view the 2011 Legislative Scorecard.  

 

Throughout the legislative session OCBC advocated and took positions on dozens of bills affecting the business community, calling out those bills that "distracted" legislators from focusing on the important task of jobs creation. OCBC had an 86% success rate defeating SQUIRREL legislation, and a 100% success rate defeating KILLER SQUIRRELS. To read about which SQUIRRELS were signed into law and which were vetoed, visit www.californiasquirrel.com. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.  

STATE ROUTE 241: ON THE (toll) ROAD AGAIN...

Renewing its commitment 241to relieving traffic in Orange County and completing State Route 241, the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency's Board of Directors has initiated the development of plans and strategies to build a four-mile segment of the 241 completion project. The project is expected to create more than 17,000 jobs statewide, including nearly 14,000 in Orange County.

 

Last week the Transportation Corridor Agency's Board took a big step in the highway's development when they asked TCA staff to develop engineering plans, complete environmental assessments and develop a finance strategy for the initial segment, while continuing to pursue the balance of the alignment that connects to Interstate 5. The project is moving forward quickly and the Board is pushing to have construction underway as soon as possible. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

MEET CALIFORNIA'S SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY, JOHN A. PEREZ

Join the Trustees of BIZPAC at a lunch event with Speaker of the Assembly John A. Prez on Wednesday, November 9 at The Island Hotel. As the highest ranking officer of the Assembly, Speaker Prez is charged with the overall management and supervision of the Assembly, appointing members to the committees, allocating funds, and directing legislative efforts in the Assembly. With California still facing a challenging economy and high unemployment, meeting with the Assembly leader prior to the 2012 session is a great opportunity to hear how the Speaker and the legislature will tackle California's budget issue while also promoting policies that create high-paying, quality jobs in California.  

 

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

COST: Ticket - $250, Sponsor - $500, Host - $1,000

 

To register, please contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241. Click here for the registration form. 

SIGN OF THE TIMES: MORE PASSENGERS, FEWER FLIGHTS AT JWA 


Airline passenger traffic at John Wayne Airport increased in September 2011 as compared to September 2010. In September 2011, the Airport served 701,135 passengers, an increase of 2.5% when compared to the September 2010 passenger traffic count of 683,999. Commercial aircraft operations decreased 2.7%, while Commuter aircraft operations decreased 17.0% when compared to the levels recorded in September 2010. Total aircraft operations decreased in September 2011 as compared to the same month in 2010. In September 2011, there were 19,581 total aircraft operations (take-offs and landings), a decrease of 14.3% when compared to 22,850 total aircraft operations in September 2010. General aviation activity, which accounted for 65% of the total aircraft operations during September 2011, decreased 19.3% when compared to September 2010. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

DR. ANIL PURI JOINS OCBC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Orange County Business Council welcomes to the Board of Directors, Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and Cal State Fullerton. OCBC accepted the resignation of Dr. Milton Gordon, President of Cal State Fullerton, who is retiring from his position this year. Dr. Puri has championed the Economic Forecast Conference for the past 16 years, one of the most popular and respected events in Orange County. Dr. Puri is a noted economist and scholar whose economic forecasting is highly esteemed by business and government entities, and who enterprise is sought on a regular basis. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as the National Tax Journal, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Conflict Resolution and the International Journal of Forecasting. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations. 

WHY DID JPMORGAN CHASE DONATE $50 BILLION TO GOVERNMENT?

JPMorgan Chase announced on MoneyOctober 20 that it is giving $10 million to the Brookings Institution to underwrite the Global Cities Initiative, aimed at helping civic and business leaders identify and leverage their city's greatest economic development resources. Through JPMorgan Chase's $10 million underwriting, the Global Cities Initiative will provide leaders from the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas with in-depth research, analysis and guidance on what their economic development resources are, how best to leverage these resources and how to build economic relationships with their international peers and operate in today's global environment.

 

JPMorgan Chase also announced that it provided more than $50.3 billion in financing and lending to metropolitan area governments and non-profits across the country in 2011. The financing supported transportation projects, hospitals, non-profit organizations, local governments, colleges and universities, including $1.2 billion to the City of Los Angeles to pay current pension and medical benefits, including those for police and firefighters. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

DID YOU GET YOUR COPY OF THE WORKFORCE INDICATORS REPORT?

The 2011/2012 Workforce Indicator's Report is now available online. The report is a product of research between Orange County Business Council and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, and examines the growth of industry and employment, salary and wage trends, demographic changes and the educational attainment of Orange County students. Download 2011 Report.

 

The report was publicly unveiled October 13 at the Workforce Development Conference, where Dr. Wallace Walrod presented the report's key findings. Dr. Walrod focused this year's report on job creation in a jobless recovery, and identified the most significant opportunities for economic growth and expansion. The report found that Orange County continues to deal with challenges including language acquisition, an achievement gap among ethnic groups, and a scarcity of homegrown S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

DO YOU HAVE THE NEXT BIG IDEA? 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. 

DON'T FORGET THE ARTS IN S.T.E.A.M. AND GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT! 


As OCBC members know, one of this organization's core initiatives is support for education, particularly Science, musicTechnology, Engineering, Arts and Math-or STEAM! These skills are needed most for an innovative, global economy.  Our own President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, believes in life-long learning, with a personal emphasis in ARTS, particularly music. You can catch her practicing her craft at one of the following concerts coming up this holiday season.

  • Meritage: Solstice: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m., Ernest Borgnine Theatre, 855 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA. Tickets are $20. (CLICK HERE for the details)
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church: Christmas Concert, Friday, December 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m., 9 Hillgate, Irvine, CA. Free admission.
  • Meistersingers: Echoes of Christmas: December 10 at 7:30 p.m., December 11 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., December 17 at 3:00 p.m., various locations. (More details below)

Meistersingers Concert tickets are $15. Children and students (with a student ID card) will be free of charge.
Tickets can be purchased at the concert venues on the evening of the performance, too. Tickets will also be available at the concert venues prior to the performance. You can also purchase them from any member of the ensemble. Finally, you can reserve your tickets or get more information  via email or online at www.meistersingers.org.

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.  

 

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, Nominees - Complimentary 

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

FUTURE TAX BILLS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector's office has implemented several new customer service features. The 2010-11, 2011-12 and future tax bills will be available for viewing on the County Treasurer's website, whereas previously only the current year's tax bill copy was available.  Tax payments processed by midnight using the County Treasurer's website at http://bos.ocgov.com/octaxbill will be accepted as timely payment of taxes, a change from the prior 5 p.m. deadline. Taxpayers are also encouraged to "Go Green" and pay your property tax bill on-line by eCheck at "no cost" using your bank account at http://bos.ocgov.com/octaxbill . Another new feature is the use of a Quick Response or QR code on the insert mailed with tax bills. Just scan the QR code with your smartphone and it will take you directly to the Treasurer's tax information webpage to view and pay your property tax bill. Taxpayers can also sign up at http://bos.ocgov.com/taxreminder to receive a reminder email to pay taxes on secured property approximately 10 days before each installment's final payment due date.

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: FLUOR GOES GREEN

Fluor's commitment to sustainability includes a deep commitment to the health and safety of Fluor employees as well as safeguarding the environment. The primary goal of the Flour Corporation is to conduct business to meet the needs of clients and stakeholders today, while at the same time protecting and enhancing the human and natural resources that will be needed tomorrow. The corporation has taken great strides in their effort to meet this goal, calculating its global carbon footprint, and initiating the proper steps to reduce its carbon emissions through energy efficiencies, recycling activities, and conservation efforts. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

NEWS YOU CAN USE: ECONOMIC APPS
With the Economic Forecast Conference just a few days away, here are some handy apps for economic insight on the go!

A2ZEconomy - provides up-to-date business and economic indicators from a diverse array of government sources.

Economy - gives you a snapshot of the US economy by providing the latest key economic indicators and tracking the history of these indicators.

Dealbook - offers everything users need to analyze, trade and monitor market activity.

Bloomberg for iPad - the most trusted source for financial information on your iPad to help you analyze the world's markets.

River of News - allows users to read blogs and newspapers that are distributed by an RSS feed for fast economic and worldly news on the go.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC UPCOMING EVENTS

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 - "Nothing Rhymes with Orange" - 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: NOVEMBER
Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, October 28, 2011  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM   

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 8, 2011  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM   

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2011  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  

 

Economic Development Committee Meeting  

Monday, November 14, 2011  I  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM 

  

Workforce Development Committee Meeting 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

 

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2011  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  

   

Community College Working Group Committee Meeting

Thursday, November 17, 2011 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
POLITICAL EVENTS
Jordan Brandman for Anaheim City Council, Campaign Kick-Off - Thursday, November 10, 2011
Jordan Brandman, President of the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees invites you to attend his campaign kick-off for Anaheim City Council on Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA. RSVP via email to melahat.us@gmail.com or telephone to 949.350.7733. CLICK HERE for the event flier and contribution form.

Three Mayors of Anaheim: Past and Present - Thursday, November 17, 2011
Join SOAR PAC for a luncheon with Anaheim's current and former mayors, Tom Daly, Curt Pringle, and Tom Tait, on Thursday, November 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim, 777 W. Convention Way, Anaheim, CA. These Orange County leaders will discuss the past, present, and future of the Anaheim Resort District. CLICK HERE to download and print an RSVP form. For more information contact Jill Kanzler.
COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.

 

2011 Orange County Annual Report - Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Concordia Center for Public Policy, ACC-OC and OCBC invite you to the 2011 Orange County Annual Report, presented by The Honorable Bill Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. The event will take place at the Irvine Marriott Hotel at 18000 Von Karman in Irvine. The reception will begin at 11:30am, lunch at 12:00pm, and tickets are $75 per person. CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket. 

 

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.
GET CONNECTED ONLINE WITH OCBC 
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If you have questions on how to get connected with the Business Council online, please contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications, at 949.794.7221 or kreedy@ocbc.org.
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