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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

OH, WHAT A NIGHT! JULIE MILLER-PHIPPS INSTALLED AS 2012 BIZ LEADER.

 

"So Nothing Rhymes with Orange ...I challenge you tonight, that over the next year help write the next chapter in Orange County's great history." - Julie Miller-Phipps

 

This past Thursday evening the Orange County business community gathered at the Hyatt Regency Irvine for Orange County Business Council's Annual Dinner, "Nothing Rhymes with Orange," featuring the installation of the OCBC Board of Directors and 2012 Chair, Julie Miller-Phipps of Kaiser Permanente, who takes over the reigns from outgoing Chair Eddie Northen of UPS. The dinner was hosted by past OCBC president Stan Oftelie, who surprised the audience with a copy of his book chronicling Orange County's history, Nothing Rhymes With Orange. Throughout the evening OCBC celebrated Orange County's unique history and the people and businesses who have made OC one of the best places to live, work and play.  

 

Topping off the evening was keynote speaker Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, who shared the newest innovations from Disney and how business can be successful in the changing economic environment. He ended his remarks by treating 700 guests to a sneak-peak of the newest California Adventure show, Minnie's Fly Girls, featuring the one-and-only Minnie Mouse. CLICK HERE to view photos of the event. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

OCBC BOARD AND INVESTORS STAR IN "THE REAL OC."

At OCBC's Annual Dinner last week OCBC premiered  The Real OC commercial, featuring OCBC's Board members and investors, including 2012 Chair Julie Miller-Phipps of Kaiser Permanente, Eddie Northen of UPS, Steve Churm of Churm Media, Chris Harrington of Toshiba, and many more!  CLICK HERE to watch this video that tackles the misconceptions about OC, and learn why Nothing Rhymes With Orange! For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

'MAKE IT IN AMERICA': CONGRESS SEEKS JOBS CREATION IDEAS FROM BIZ.

On Friday, Congressman Steny Hoyer (D--MD), Democratic Whip, met with David Pyott of Allergan, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, Eddie Northen, UPS, OC manufacturing leaders and business owners, and Kate Klimow, OCBC Vice President of Government Affairs, to discuss the "Make It In America" agenda and progress. The agenda supports job creation by encouraging businesses to make products and innovate in the U.S. and sell to the world through strengthening infrastructure and supporting investments in key areas like education and energy innovation. Rebuilding the manufacturing sector and increased focus on jobs creation and growing the economy is a key issue for the business community. Regulatory reform, duplicative processes, inability to compete in a global economy where other countries allow for product testing and review much more efficiently, were some of the concerns raised by business. Although OC's manufacturing is on the rise, the U.S. lost nearly one third of its manufacturing jobs over the past decade. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

HITACHI, KPMG LLP MAKE FORTUNE'S "100 BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR" LIST.

Congratulations to OCBC members, Hitachi Data Systems and KPMG LLP, who made Fortune magazine's 2012 "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. Hitachi Data System was listed at number 86 for its philosophy of encouraging employees to uphold the Japanese traits wa (trust) and makoto (sincerity and fairness). KPMG LLP was listed at number 94 for commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by giving each employee extra paid time off to volunteer, on top of the 12 hours given annually.  

 

Companies nominate themselves by going through a detailed application process. Two-thirds of each company's score relies on an employee survey sent to a random sample of employees from the company. The remaining third is based on Fortune's audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefits, and open-ended questions on hiring, communication and diversity. For more information contact Vicki Blaser, Director of Accounting and Investor Sales.

OCBC BIDS FAREWELL TO CELESTE SIGNORINO.

OCBC said goodbye on Friday to Celeste Signorino, OCBC's Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development, who is following in the footsteps of Dan Nasitka and joining the Discovery Science Center as Director, Capital Campaign Fund. Celeste was a part of the OCBC family for four years, helping to grow the organization's membership and professionalize its investor outreach and relations. Celeste is a shining star with great talents, and will be truly missed by the entire OCBC team. OCBC wishes Celeste the best of luck in her new adventure -- "may the force be with you!" For information on OCBC's Investor Relations, contact Vicki Blaser, Director of Accounting and Investor Sales.

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED. AG SUES SAN DIEGO'S ENVIRO SUCCESSES.

On January 24, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn spoke to 250 transportation professionals at the California Transportation Forum in Sacramento regarding the future of San Diego's Regional Planning Agency's (SANDAG) new Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the effects it could have on Southern California Association of Government's (SCAG) 2012-2035 RTP/SCS.

 

In what is the first step in pushing beyond landmark climate change legislation SB 375, the state's Attorney General, Kamala Harris, and activists are suing SANDAG, claiming the plan violated the California Environmental Quality ACT (CEQA). These activists are aggressively seeking to divert future transportation funding away from a balanced approach that includes highway maintenance and upgrades, and direct the funds exclusively to transit - forcing all future spending and land use planning into urban centers. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

SENATOR BOB HUFF DISCUSSES TAXES, TAXES, TAXES.

OCBC's Government Affairs Committee Co-Chairs Alice Bisno, AAA and Lisa Haines, Disneyland Resort, welcomed The Honorable Bob Huff, California Senate Republican Leader; to discuss his perspective on the State of the State, the budget battle, and what to expect from the Legislature in this election year. Mr. Huff spoke about Governor Brown's budget proposal and November ballot tax initiative, in particular the negative impacts the initiative would have on education and California's economy. Only about $2.5 billion of the $7 billion in new taxes is dedicated to education. However, revenues dedicated to education are expected to increase by $2 billion naturally as the economy slowly recovers. So the governor's tax increases would currently have a minimal effect on education but would still be a severe hit to California's economy. And while the proposed tax increase gives little to education, should the initiative not pass, 97 percent of the trigger-cuts are targeted on education. "This tactic holds a gun to the head of voters," Huff said.  CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.  

LET'S GET MOVING! HIGH SPEED RAIL SUPPORT GETS ITS FIRST RADIO SPOT.

Thehigh speed rail California Alliance for Jobs, which promotes responsible investment in public works projects necessary for modern living, is now airing THIS radio spot as part of its ongoing public education campaign on the importance of investing in California's infrastructure. Featuring satirist Will Durst, the spot focuses on California's High Speed Rail project and Governor Jerry Brown's remarks calling for investment in High Speed Rail and staying the course during his recent State of the State address. CLICK HERE to listen.  For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

JAMES MAZZO OF ABBOTT SHARES HIS STORY, NEXT CLB BREAKFAST.

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

 

 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.     

ONE STEP CLOSER: HB DESALINATION PROJECT NEARS FINAL APPROVAL.

Poseidon Resources announced last week that the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board unanimously approved an amended National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for the Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Project. The amended permit allows the Project to operate in a "stand-alone" mode when the HBGS is temporarily shut down; or when the HBGS is operating but its seawater discharge volumes are not sufficient to meet the Project's 126.7 MGD intake requirements.

 

The Regional Boards approval of the Project clears the way for the California Coastal Commission to consider approval of the final permit necessary before desalination facility construction can start. Poseidon Resources has applied for a Coastal Development Permit and a permit hearing is anticipated later this year.  CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

U.S. - KOREA PARTNERSHIP PROMISES INCREASED U.S. EXPORTS.

On February 3, The Honorable Sung Kim, Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Korea; His Excellency, Han Duk-Soo, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States; and Tami Overby, Vice President, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, President, U.S. Korea Business Council, joined OCBC and about 100 business leaders to discuss the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Working to provide new market access, the Agreement will be the United States' most commercially significant free trade agreement in more than 16 years. The U.S. International Trade Commission estimates that the reduction of Korean tariffs and tariff-rate quotas on goods alone will add $10 billion to $12 billion to annual U.S. Gross Domestic Product and around $10 billion to annual merchandise exports to Korea.

  

Under the FTA, nearly 95 percent of bilateral trade in consumer and industrial products will become duty free within five years of the date the FTA enters into force, and most remaining tariffs would be eliminated within 10 years. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

$45 MILLION FOR KIDS' DENTAL CARE, AUTISM SERVICES, ACADEMIC PROGRAMS.

healthcareThe Children and Families Commission of Orange County last week approved $45 million for children's dental care, autism services, academic programs and shelter for homeless families. In November, the commission, as well as others around the state, won a lawsuit against California, which moved to take back the money that is raised through a 50-cent tobacco tax approved by voters in 1998. The commission sued in April. Spokeswoman Kelly Pijl said while the lawsuit was underway, the commission had to reduce program funding to set aside $51 million for the state. The next round of funding will come within a few months. The health-related programs receiving funding are:

  • Up to $20 million on dental care offered through six community clinics. In Santa Ana Unified alone, more than $500,000 in attendance revenue is lost each year on oral health problems.
  • $7 million for autism services and diagnosis.
  • $5.5 million for developmental screenings, immunizations and a permanent location at Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine.
For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
OCBC HOSTS PREMIER REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM - MARCH 20.

Join OCBC at the 2012 Orange County Economic Development Regional Forum on Tuesday, March 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the Anaheim Marriott.

 

OCBC's panel of select industry leaders will examine Orange County's economic opportunities for job creation and competitiveness in leading regional clusters, emerging industries and growing markets. 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.

 

Held in conjunction with the California Stewardship Network, OCBC's regional forum is one of over one dozen regional forums being held throughout the state, leading up to the first-ever California Economic Summit to take place on May 11 in San Jose. As part of the "No Champions, No Initiatives" effort, participants will be eligible to register for the California Economic Summit. For more information on the California Stewardship Network, visit www.castewardship.org. This event is limited seating and invitation only (non-transferable). To RSVP, contact Delaine Moore, Communications and Events Specialist. For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.

REGISTER TODAY! 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.

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: CHASE INVESTS $6.7 BILLION IN RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Environment

JPMorgan Chase recognizes that economic growth and rising living standards fundamentally rely on the abundance and vitality of the planet's resources and ecosystems. They acknowledge this by employing their knowledge and capital to help the clients, customers and the communities they serve respond to the environmental sustainability challenge. JPMorgan Chase is improving and managing the environmental impact of their company by expanding their use of renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and practicing green building, recycling, and water conservation. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

REGISTER NOW FOR 2012 OC GREEN FAIR.

Promote and build County of Orange Logoyour brand as a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2012 OC Green Fair, taking place May 17 in Santa Ana. More than 3,000 attendees are expected to take part in this free event, which is open to the public and will feature green products and services, doors prizes, delicious food and networking opportunities. The OC Green Fair raises awareness regarding environmental concerns and shows consumers how to reduce their impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services, reducing energy consumption, conserving water, and limiting dependence on fossil fuels. To register as an exhibitor at the event or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please complete the registration form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/OCGreenFair2012 by Monday, April 2. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
POLITICAL EVENTS
Reception for Mayor Frank Ury - February 28, 2012
Faubel Public Affairs invites you to a fundraising reception for Frank Ury, Mayor of Mission Viejo on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings, 27741 Crown Valley Parkway #303, Mission Viejo. Individual tickets are $250. CLICK HERE for the registration form. RSVP to 949.290.5136 or lroberson@sdevsinc.com
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.    

 

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. 

 

Nossaman 2012 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - March 7, 2012

Please join Nossaman at the Center Club on March 7 for this presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues. State and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and corporate leaders to stay informed. This unique program will provide you with practical solutions, best practices and action items to address emerging employment issues. CLICK HERE to register. For more information contact Monica Bennett at 213.312.8332 or msbennett@nossaman.com

 

From Harm's Way to Civilian Employment - March 14 & 15, 2012

Presented by Professional in Human Resource Association and Pepperdine University, this event's expert panel will help employers navigate the issues they must address in hiring and assimilating returning military into the civilian workforce. Learn how the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act applies in 2012 and beyond, new areas of disability coverage by the ADA effective Jan. 1, 2012, insurance and health care reform implications for employers and veterans, and more. Click here to register and for more information. 

 

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. 

 

CSUF Community Literacy Festival - April 21, 2012

Join CSUF at the Community Literacy Festival on April 21, featuring activities for all ages. Adults: Learn how to use social media the grow your business, or learn how to boost your caeer through better workplace writing. Enjoy free books, gourmet food trucks, and literacy-related vendors. Parking and admission are free. The festival will take place at the CSU Fullerton - Irvine Campus, 3 Banting, Irvine, CA 92618. For more information visit www.fullerton.edu/irvinecampus or call 714.730.6300. 

 

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  
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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