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Tuesday, May 22, 2012


From the desk of Dr. Wallace Walrod, OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor:

CA's Employment Development Department (EDD) data show signs of steady continuing economic recovery for Orange County. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.4% in April, down from a revised 8.2% in March and the lowest it has been since January 2009. During April, OC added 3,300 jobs, the third month in a row the county has seen employment gains. If employment continues to grow at this rate, the county could add close to 40,000 jobs this year, a strong showing in a tough economy. Orange County industries showing growth include healthcare, business and professional services, trade and tourism. Tourism in particular saw growth, in part due to the Disneyland Resort's ongoing investment in its expansion of California Adventure. The tourism industry can also expect generous growth in early summer when California Adventure's Cars Land opens in June. Disneyland Resort recently became the county's largest employer, employing 23,000 people. The expansion added 2,300 jobs, and 1,700 direct construction jobs a year since 2008. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.


California's Primary Election is right around the corner! Make your voice and your vote count. JUNE 5 IS ELECTION DAY! OCBC's Board of Directors has reviewed the ballot measures for the June 2012 election and urges your vote as follows:

  • Tom Daly, Assembly District 69 -- SUPPORT
  • Todd Spitzer, OC Board of Supervisors, District 3 -- SUPPORT  
  • County Prop A, Office of the Public Administrator -- SUPPORT (CLICK HERE to read more)
  • County Prop B, Mandatory Minimum Pension Selection -- SUPPORT (CLICK HERE to read more)
  • Proposition 28, Term Limits -- SUPPORT (CLICK HERE to read more)
  • Proposition 29, Tobacco Tax -- OPPOSE (CLICK HERE to read more)

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


  • OCBC has been active in supporting reauthorization of the Export Import Bank to help with critical export and trade development. In addition to grassroots efforts, OCBC advocated for this legislation during its recent DC trip. The Senate followed the House in recently approving the reauthorization bill, preventing Ex-Im Bank's expiration on May 31. CLICK HERE to read more.  
  • On Friday Governor Jerry Brown appointed David A. Thompson as associate justice of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three, an appointment for which OCBC strongly advocated, along with the local legal community. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

THIS WILL SELL OUT! The weather is warming up and summer is almost upon us, which means OCBC is gearing up for the annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament! This popular event, presented by Kaiser Permanente, takes place August 23 at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, where OC's top business execs gather for a friendly round of golf, with proceeds benefiting OCBC's mission to support the business community and create a more friendly business environment. NEW this year--for our more competitive golfers--a Horse Race Classic will take place the morning of the tournament, where 2-person teams will play alternating shots on five holes. This tournament WILL sell out quickly, so register before its too late! Sponsorship opportunities are available.

WHEN: Thursday, August 23, 2012
WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links, Dana Point
WHEN: 9am - Horse Race Classic  I  10:30am - Check-in  I  12pm - Shotgun start  I  5:30pm - Dinner/Drawings/Awards    

For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager, at or 949.794.7241.



As part of OCBC's annual One Voice, Two Capitols advocacy program, OCBC was joined by the Association of California Cities - OC for its recent advocacy trip to Sacramento, sponsored by Automobile Club of Southern California, Disneyland Resort, The Irvine Company and Michael Brandman Associates. A delegation of 40 business leaders and City Council members charged the capitol to deliver a strong message from Orange County that economic success stems from government and business working together, a particularly poignant message in light of the latest economic news accompanying the Governor's Budget Revise. OCBC and ACC-OC met with Controller John Chiang, CARB Chair Mary Nichols, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Speaker pro Tem Fiona Ma, the Senate and Assembly Republican leaders and Whips, other Senate and Assembly committee chairs and OC's own legislative delegation to advocate for Orange County's priority issues including transportation, water, education and regulatory reform, and raising the profile of the County. What is needed now more than ever is a bipartisan approach to creating a more business-friendly climate, where business has the confidence to grow and hire and where cities have the ability to continue to provide services to their residents. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.


OCBC is pleased to announce that Alicia Berhow has been promoted to Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy at Orange County Business Council. Alicia joined OCBC in 2007 as Director of Workforce Development. Alicia has a long track record of success in education reform legislation and advocacy, and leads OCBC's acclaimed Latino Educational Attainment Initiative, which works to educate Latino and other minority parents on the tools needed to ensure student success. Alicia also serves as a Board Member of the Anaheim Workforce Investment Board and in 2011 was appointed by Speaker John A. Perez to the California Board of Accountancy. Congratulations Alicia! For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.

On May 11, a delegation of Orange County business leaders traveled to Santa Clara to provide Orange County's business voice at the first-ever California Economic Summit. Presented by the California Stewardship Network and California Forward, the Summit connected regional and state leaders with the goal of improving economic competitiveness both at the state and regional levels. Attendees heard from a variety of speakers included Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist Thomas L. Friedman and Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Who didn't attend? 117 of California's 120 legislators. The audience also heard from OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, who shared some of the positive impacts that have occurred as a result of OCBC's Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards program, which is being replicated around the state by other jurisdictions. To learn more about the Summit, including the next steps, visit To learn more about OCBC's Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards, CLICK HERE


Congratulations to two OCBC members, Churm Media and Edwards Lifesciences, for receiving awards at the 2012 Annual Irvine Chamber Breakfast with the Mayor on May 18, 2012. Steve Churm, President and CEO of Churm Media, and OCBC's Communications Chair, was presented with the Member of the Year Award in recognition of involvement in chamber committees and new-member mentoring. Edwards Lifesciences was awarded Business of the Year, given to distinguish an Irvine company that has made an extraordinary effort to enrich the community.


Congratulations to Liz Toomey, University of California, Irvine, and member of OCBC's Government Affairs Committee, for being awarded the University Service Award at the 42nd Annual Alumni Association Lauds and Laurels Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, held May 17, 2012 at UCI, honored 20 outstanding alumni and friends for their contributions and commitment to the university. CLICK HERE to read more.


Congratulations to Matt Petteruto, OCBC Vice President of Economic Development, for being named one of OC Metro's 40 Under 40. Matt was recognized at a reception on May 16 at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach. CLICK HERE to read the article highlighting Matt's accomplishments. CLICK HERE for photos and video of the event.   


U.S. - Colombia Free Trade Agreement

On May 15, the newly signed U.S. - Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) officially went into effect, supporting economic growth in both countries. The FTA opens the door for new opportunities for U.S. companies interested in doing business in the third largest economy in Central and South America, while also supporting America jobs and improving competitiveness. Among the many benefits of the U.S. - Colombia FTA, more than 1,100 Colombian products will now be duty-free with remaining tariffs to be phased out over ten years. For more information, visit Proexport Colombia at 


Trade Mission to Latvia

The Government of Latvia is inviting U.S. businesses that seek to expand their international presence to visit Latvia this July 1 through July 3. The focus of the trip will include the entertainment, high tech, energy/transportation and health sciences industries with U.S. firms already operating in Latvia on hand to discuss their experiences. There will also be an early Fourth of July celebration at the U.S. embassy, as well as organized tourist options for those traveling with family. Discounts on accommodations are also available for participants. For more information, contact Juris Bunkis at


For more information contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.


Want to introduce your business to foreign markets, but don't know the language? Try these language learning apps to expand your international vocabulary.


Human Japanese - Learn Japanese with this language learning software.

My Chinese Coach - Explore China as each point of interest opens up your vocabulary.

Learn French - MindSnacks - It's the most enjoyable and exciting way to learn French!

iStart Spanish!- Learn Spanish quickly and effectively with this unique app.

Word Lens - Instantly translate printed words from one language to another with your built-in video camera, in real time.


For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 


Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) has a long and distinguished tradition of environmental activism with roots reaching deep into its past. HP strives to be an exemplary global company placing particular emphasis on their three priorities: climate and energy, product reuse and recycling, and supply chain responsibility. HP has become one of the few companies to pursue greener technologies without compromising their efficiency and their goals of creating products that improve customers' lives and work by providing simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology. HP's greatest environmental impact is through customer use of their products and services. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.


S.O.A.R. Fundraiser - Thursday, May 24, 2012 

Please join S.O.A.R. PAC for a special fundraiser at Angel Stadium of Anaheim's Diamond Club, May 24 from 5:30 p.m - 7: p.m., 2000 East Gene Autry Way. Attendees will be taken on a stadium tour hosted by an Angels Alumnus. The tour will include a behind the scenes, exclusive look into the dugout and locker room. CLICK HERE to download and print your RSVP.


BIZPAC and OCTaxPAC Reception Honoring Tom Daly, Candidate for Assembly - Thursday, May 31, 2012

Join the Trustees of BIZPAC and OCTaxPAC at a reception honoring Tom Daly, candidate for Assembly in the 69th District. The reception will take place on Thursday, May 31 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Zov's Bistro, Cafe and Bakery, 17440 East 17th, Suite #A in Tustin. CLICK HERE for the registration and contribution form. For more information contact Denise Peralta at or (714) 673-0005.


These events are listed for informational purposes only. No OCBC endorsement is implied.


Join Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary

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.' Mark your calendars for July 27 when Girl Scouts will 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.orgAre you one of the 50 million women who enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood?  We invite you to become a member of the Orange County Girl Scouts Alumnae program and be part of the "Celebration of the Century." Click here to register as an alumna today!


6th Annual OC Housing Summit: Innovate for Abundance - Thursday, May 31, 2012 

OC Housing Trust and ACC-OC invite you to attend the 6th Annual OC Housing Summit: Innovate for Abundance, May 31, 2012 at the UCI Student Center from 8am - 2pm. This year's Housing Summit will bring people together to build leadership, engagement and advocacy to undertake new, creative, and bold strategies that interconnect economic development and housing with the goal towards creating sustainable communities that offer jobs and housing options for a variety of incomes. The summit will feature speaker Steve PonTell, President of La Jolla Institute, a California-based nonprofit think-tank. CLICK HERE to register and for more information.


ACC-OC 2012 City Infrastructure Summit - Thursday, June 7, 2012

Join ACC-OC at the 2012 City Infrastructure Summit, taking place at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Featured speakers include Darrell Johnson OCTA, Chuck Harrington, Parsons, Curt Pringle, Former Anaheim Mayor, and many more. Topics covered at the summit will include, "What Now? Living in a Post-Development World," "How Private Industry can Fill the Funding Gap," "Paying it Forward on your City's Infrastructure to Gain Resources and Public Support," and a debate about High Speed Rail facilitated by Rick Reiff of PBS SoCal. The summit will also feature keynote speaker Ashley Swearengin, Mayor of the City of Fresno. CLICK HERE to register. For more info contact Kenny Piguee at


Insider's Briefing: Economic Development: Fullerton, North OC and the State - Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend an Insider's Briefing on June 7 at Colette's Catering at the Meridian Club. The briefing will feature Tod Sword, Project Manager, Economic Development Services for Southern California Edison, and Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development for Orange County Business Council. CLICK HERE for more information or to register. 


Orange County United Way's Fourth Annual WALK UNITED - Saturday, June 9, 2012

WALK UNITED is an annual fundraising event which brings people of all ages together in a philanthropic 5K walk in partnership with the Angels Baseball Foundation. Proceeds will help provide hope, help, and access to a better tomorrow for thousands of Orange County residents who are struggling to meet their most basic human needs of food, shelter, and medical care. Walkers will enjoy a community resource fair, live entertainment, family-friendly activities including a Kid-At-Heart, gourmet OC food trucks, and a chance to walk on the baseball field and be featured on the Angels Jumbotron. For more info visit   


Join Habitat for Humanity of Orange County in Mongolia - July 1-7, 2012

Join Habitat for Humanity of Orange County this summer on the Global Village team's trip to Mongolia to build houses. The humanitarian trip will be from July 1 to 7, where as a volunteer, you may work on house construction, renovations or disaster relief. Trip itineraries are balanced with plenty of work, rest and free time. Depending on the length of the trip, most teams spend a few days discovering the area and participating in local cultural activities. Habitat's Global Village volunteer program welcomes all who want to make a difference by picking up a hammer and helping to change lives. Click here for more information.

OCMoves Steering Committee Meeting
Friday, June 1, 2012  I  11:30am - 1:30pm

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Monday, June 4, 2012  I  4:00pm - 5:30pm

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, June 8, 2012  I  9:30am - 11:00am

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, June 12, 2012  I  7:30am - 9:00am

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 14, 2012  I  9:00am - 10:30am

Workforce Development Committee Meeting - S.T.E.A.M. Forum

Wednesday, June 20, 2012  I  7:30am - 9:00am
*This meeting will take place at the Microsoft Store at South Coast Plaza

Economic Forecast Conference Committee

Tuesday, June 26, 2012  I  11:00am - 12:000pm

Community College Working Group Meeting

Thursday, June 28, 2012  I  3:00pm - 4:30pm 


Committee meetings are open to OCBC members and invited guests only A ll 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

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