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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

LOCAL CONTROL OF ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH HELP FROM OC.

Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO, was unanimously appointed by the Ontario City Council to serve on the newly formed Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). The five member board represents Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties with the mission of gaining local control of the Ontario International Airport from Los Angeles World Airports. While John Wayne Airport will always be Orange County's preferred airport, local control and promotion of the Ontario-based airport can complement service at JWA. In addition, Ontario International Airport is a significant economic development opportunity for a growing Southern California economy by improving and increasing air transportation throughout the region and supporting long-term mobility sustainability. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. Also see setontariofree.com

OCBC LOOKING FOR PROFESSIONAL IT PROJECT EVALUATION - APPLY HERE.

Orange County Business Council has released a Request for Proposals to solicit an agency to oversee and implement a comprehensive and rigorous, multi-year evaluation of the Information Technology Cluster Competitiveness Project during the period of October 2012, through October 2015 as a contracted Evaluator. Proposals are being sought by OCBC from qualified private for-profit firms, not-for-profit organizations, foundations, public agencies, and/or individuals that meet the qualifications as stated in the RFP. A copy of the RFP can be found at the following link:  http://www.ocbc.org/news-room/request-for-proposal/

 

All questions relating to this RFP must be submitted to: kreedy@ocbc.org.

SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S ANNUAL DINNER - JANUARY 31, 2013
SAVE THE DATE!  OCBC is pleased to announce the 2013 Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Mark your calendars for this exciting gala event featuring a prominent keynote speaker and the installation of OCBC's 2013 Chair and Board of Directors. More information coming soon! For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
CTC FUNDS OC'S INFRASTRUCTURE...MORE PROJECTS ON THE WAY!

trafficOn August 22, 2012, the California Transportation Commission allocated $7.1 million to Orange County projects and $60 million in Proposition 1A to Metrolink for the Metrolink High Speed Rail Readiness Program. The funds allocated will improve Bristol Street in Santa Ana, slope stabilization for the 241 toll road in Orange and Anaheim, and for bicycle projects in Irvine, Santa Ana, and the County of Orange. In addition, Orange County Transportation Authority will match the $60 million allocated to the Metrolink High Speed Rail Readiness Program, all of which will be used to either refurbish 20 locomotives or to purchase 21 new locomotives for the commuter rail system. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.

RYAN CHAMBERLAIN APPOINTED AS CALTRANS DISTRICT 12 DIRECTOR.
On Thursday, Ryan Chamberlain was appointed as the Caltrans, District 12 Director, following Cindy Quon's recent retirement from the position. Beginning September 17, as District 12 Director, Chamberlain will oversee all department functions within Orange County. Chamberlain joined Caltrans over 12 years ago and has held positions in Local Assistance, Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning. He has extensive experience in the transportation sector in Caltrans Headquarters and Districts 7 and 12. Most recently, Ryan served as the Caltrans Division Chief of Transportation Planning in Sacramento where he managed a program of approximately 650 positions statewide predominantly under Project Studies, Systems and Goods Movement, State, Regional, and Local Planning. Chamberlain is also a non-voting member of Orange County Transportation Authority. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
CARS LAND PUMPING DOLLARS INTO LOCAL ECONOMY.
The grand opening of Disney California Adventure's Cars Land has been a smash hit with tourists and locals alike, and is already impacting the local economy. The billion dollar expansion project has spurred a huge hotel boost, with industry analysts reporting 84.5% of Orange County hotel rooms being filled in June, compared to 80% last year. Along with the increase in tourists, hotel prices have seen a direct price correlation with room rates, up an average of 7% over last year. These economic improvements are part of a broader tourism trend as the economy continues to recover. In all of 2011, 73% of Orange County hotel rooms were filled, up from 70% in 2010 and 67% in 2009. This continued upward momentum is a positive sign for general employment figures. In the last year, local tourism added 1,450 Orange County jobs. As hotel owners see their industry gain momentum, OC will begin to see more new and improved properties to accommodate growth. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.
IS THE HOUSING MARKET RECOVERY WITHIN REACH? NEW CHF DATA SAYS YES!

home2 July saw the best increase in nationwide home prices since 2006, suggesting that the housing market may finally be seeing a more permanent recovery. Home prices shot up 3.8% during the month, marking the fifth straight rise in the gauge, according to real estate data provider CoreLogic. California and Orange County are also seeing increased home prices. Orange County's housing market continues to recover with sale prices up from this time last year. For the 22 business days ending August 15, the median selling price for all residences was up 3.4% from last year and total Orange County sales were up 15.6% from last year. Notably, the mid-county section, often the slowest moving section of Orange County, saw an increase in sales up 8% versus 2011. Housing prices in California rose 4.4% for July. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor.

ARTIC GROUNDBREAKING NEXT WEEK. PROJECT IS ON THE MOVE!

After next week's groundbreaking, construction will begin next month on the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) with the approval of a $127 million contact with Clark Construction group. The long awaited project - supported by local building trades, unions and management alike - will serve as a main transportation hub for buses, taxies, rail and high speed rail. ARTIC will increase mobility options for residents, business travelers and visitors to Anaheim, Orange County and the entire Southern California region. The center has been praised as a "truly iconic structure" and a "positive addition for Orange County," which will create 5,000 jobs, by a grand jury report issued last month. ARTIC is expected to open in 2014. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor. 

THE LATEST ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPETITIVENESS HERE.
On August 24 OCBC Vice President of Economic Development Matt Petteruto and Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod spoke at a kickoff meeting for the IT Cluster Competitiveness Project, held in conjunction with the OC Workforce Investment Board. Beginning in late October, OCBC will host a series of stakeholder focus groups with the goal of identifying the business community's IT workforce recruitment and training needs, and how the education and workforce training community can develop curriculum and training programs to meet these needs. The stakeholder focus groups will be comprised of two separate groups: 1) Members of the business community representing a variety of industries, and 2) Members of the education and workforce training community. For more information on the project, or to serve as a member of a stakeholder focus group, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development.
JOIN US: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA - SEPT. 25.

OCBC invites you to Doing Business in China, a breakfast program sponsored by Chase and UPS, taking place Tuesday, September 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Wyndham Hotel Orange County, Grand Ballroom, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa. The breakfast will feature Morgan McGrath, Managing Director, Head of International Commercial Banking, J.P. Morgan; and Mark Sobolewski, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, International Engineering, UPS, as the keynote speakers. It will also feature a panel of industry experts, including Kok-Chi Tsim, Managing Director and Senior Relationship Executive, J.P. Morgan; Mark Sobolewski, UPS; and Juan Basombrio, Partner-in-Charge, Southern California Office, Dorsey & Whitney LLP; who will discuss the opportunities for doing business with China. Topics include: Impact of Asia's growth on US and OC businesses; business opportunities for OC businesses in China and Asia; complexities of doing business in China and Asia; trade compliance; and protecting intellectual property.

     

Tickets are $25. For more information contact  Matt Petteruto at 949.794.7209. 

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF OC'S EDUCATION? WE'VE GOT THE ANSWERS - OCT. 9.

Register today for the 2012 Workforce Development Conference: Education and Workforce Realities in a 21st Century Global Economy, featuring Michael D. Robinson, General Manager, U.S. Health and Lifesciences at Microsoft as the keynote speaker. Presented by OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, and sponsored by Union Bank, the conference will also unveil the 2012/2013 Workforce Indicators Report, with OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod analyzing the county's economic and labor force trends. 

 

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 I 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine 

Cost: OCBC Member: $95  I  Non-Member: $125

    

Thank you to the conference sponsors Union Bank, AT&T, First Carbon Solutions, Chevron, Southern California Edison, OCSTEM, Southern California Gas Company, Wells Fargo Foundation, and The Boeing Company. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.

18TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC FORECAST WITH CSUF - OCT. 25.

Join OCBC and the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at Cal State Fullerton for the 18th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, where economic experts Dr. Mira Farka and Dr. Anil Puri will share the latest opportunities for business growth; whether through expansion, hiring, or increasing revenues, the information provided will help all businesses plan for their future. Andrew Cecere, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for US Bank, will keynote the event, sharing his insights as a global financial leader.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012  I  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd., Irvine
Cost: Individual: $150  I  Table of Ten: $1,250
 
New this year! Be a part of the conference and use #EFC2012 on Twitter to have your questions answered.

Thank you to conference sponsor US Bank. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.
YES! DISCOUNTED FASTRAK FROM AAA OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

In an effort to help ease traffic congestion, AAA members can now purchase Metro ExpressLane Transponders at a 20 percent discount from all Automobile Club of Southern California branches and online. The FasTrak transponders available at Auto Club branches can be used for automatic toll payments on all toll roads and express lanes in California, including the 91 Express Lanes and toll roads in Orange and San Diego counties. This program will enable solo drivers to ride on parts of the former I-110 and I-10 carpool-only lanes by paying a variable toll between 25 cents and $1.40 per mile, depending on the traffic congestion in the lanes. Toll rates in other counties differ.  Carpool drivers will not be charged tolls to use the Metro ExpressLanes. CLICK HERE to learn more.

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

NEWS YOU CAN USE: GETTING ORGANIZED

Here are some apps to help simplify and prioritize your busy schedule:

 

Lastpass: a free app that stores all your passwords in one place, including online form information.

Remember the Milk: This popular list-making utility allows you to organize deliverables by priority or due date, and receive reminders via email, SMS, or instant messenger.

Organizing Junkie: Each day, the app takes three tasks from your master task list and adds them to your daily top three task section. The aim is to help you prioritize tasks by narrowing your focus on just 3 tasks at a time-so you don't get overwhelmed.

Pageonce: Manage multiple accounts from its convenient one-stop interface. You can add as many eBay, Netflix, grocery store, frequent flyer, and social networking accounts to the mix as you like.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.   

POLITICAL CORNER
Breakfast with Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg - Thursday, September 13 
Join the Trustees of BIZPAC at a breakfast event with Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach. To register contact Leslie Dods at 949.794.7241.

Reception Honoring Candidate Jordan Brandman - Wednesday, September 12
Join OCBC-endorsed candidate for Anaheim City Council Jordan Brandman at a reception Wednesday, September 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Catch Restaurant, 2100 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. To RSVP email Melahat@PSCcampaigns.com or by phone at (949) 350-7733. CLICK HERE for more information.

Fundraiser for State Senate Candidate Jeff Miller - Wednesday, September 19
Please join BIZPAC, Curt Pringle, Lucy Dunn, and Host Committee at a reception in support of State Senate Candidate Jeff Miller, Wednesday, September 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Catch Restaurant, 2100 E. Katella Ave., Suite 104, Anaheim. CLICK HERE for the contribution form.

Reception Honoring Mayor Paul Glaab - Thursday, September 20
Please join John Moorlach, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors; Shawn Nelson, Vice Chairman, OC Board of Supervisors; Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates, Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell, and Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen at a reception in honor of Mayor Paul Glaab, City of Laguna Niguel, Thursday, September 20, 2012. The reception takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. CLICK HERE for the contribution form.

2012 S.O.A.R. PAC Fundraiser - Wednesday, September 26
SAVE THE DATE! Join S.O.A.R PAC for the 2012 Fundraiser Wednesday, September 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Hilton, 777 W Convention Way, Anaheim. Support Our Anaheim Resort Political Action Community is dedicated to educating the community and protecting the interests of Anaheim's Resort District. For questions and sponsorship opportunities contact jill@SOARAnaheim.com. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

PBS So Cal Links for Learning Golf Outing - Thursday, September 13, 2012

PBS SoCal helps prepare children for success in school and life offering 6 literacy series and 11 series on science, technology, engineering and math. Sign up now to reserve your spot in the 3rd Annual PBS SoCaL Links for Learning Golf Outing, taking place at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club, and help children learn reading, math and other essential skills. PBS SoCaL is Southern California's largest classroom. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

 

FSB Core Strategies Official Rebranding Party - Thursday, September 13, 2012 

FSB Core Strategies' President Jeff Flint, Parnters Cherri Spriggs-Hernandez and Kristy Babb and Senior Vice President Jerry Amante invite you to the firm's official rebranding party. Known as one of the leading public affairs and public relations agencies in the country, the team at FSB Core Strategies would like you to join us for appetizers and drinks at Antonello Ristorante, Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 pm, to celebrate our achievements and bright future! CLICK HERE to RSVP.    

 

Strut Your Stuff! Life and Leadership Women's Conference - Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Orange Chamber of Commerce invites you to the first annual Strut Your Stuff Women's Conference, featuring special guest emcee Gaddi Vasquez, Senior VP, Public Affairs, Southern California Edison. The event includes a luncheon and keynote address, vendor displays, book signings, and breakout sessions. Sponsorship opportunities are available. CLICK HERE for the registration form.  

 

ConnecTA 2012 - Monday, September 17, 2012

On September 17, the California Turkish American Chamber of Commerce will hold the 3rd Annual ConnecTA networking event at the Costa Mesa Hilton. ConnecTA will enable attendees to learn more about business opportunities in Turkey - currently the world's 17th largest, and fastest growing economy - while providing an invaluable opportunity to meet significant businesspeople both locally and from Turkey.  For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

 

2012 Internet Marketing Association Conference - September 20-22, 2012

The 2012 IMA Conference and Impact Awards to be held Sept. 20-22 at the CityCenter complex in Las Vegas will bring together industry leaders and professional peers to address the latest Internet marketing trends, define strategies for success, and network. A stellar line-up of speakers and presenters is on tap for this year's gathering, offering an opportunity to hear and learn from an unprecedented group of experts. The three-day event will focus on an information-packed conference day featuring keynote addresses and in-depth breakout sessions on an array of topics including Advertising, Analytics, Email, Mobile, Search, Social, Strategy, Technology and Websites.  Keynotes and breakout presentations will be delivered by individuals who are preeminent in their fields and will impart their industry knowledge and professional expertise. In addition, the event will offer several opportunities to interact and network including an evening welcome reception, an exhibitor showcase lounge and a farewell breakfast. CLICK HERE for more information.  

 

Orange County Forum Luncheon Program Featuring Alex Witt - Friday, September 21, 2012

Join the Orange County Forum at a luncheon featuring Alex Witt, MSNBC Anchor and NBC Correspondent, Host of MSNBC's "Weekends with Alex Witt" Friday, September 21, 11:30 a.m. at Hilton Irvine, 18800 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information.  

 

Orange County Forum Luncheon Program Featuring Mildred Garcia - Thursday, September 27, 2012

Join the Orange County Forum at a luncheon featuring Mildred Garcia, President of California State University, Fullerton, Thursday, September 27, 11:30 a.m. at The Pacific Club, 4110 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach. CLICK HERE for more information.   

 

Designing for Impact III: Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation -  

Thursday, September 27

This regional workshop, third in a series to be held across the nation, provides an opportunity for representatives from industry, academia, and government to share perspectives, pose questions, and propose ideas to design the proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI). Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information.  

 

Forum on Healthcare 2012 - Monday, October 15, 2012

The Forum on Healthcare 2012, presented by Hoag Hospital Foundation, provides Orange County business leaders with access to industry experts on the leading edge of the changes in healthcare. The Forum will focus on what's needed from all stakeholders to improve access and quality while managing costs. Distinguished speakers include David Lansky, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), Richard Afable, M.D., president and CEO, Hoag, and Michael A. Mussallem, chairman of the board and CEO, Edwards Lifesciences. Monday, October 15, 7:00 - 10:00 a.m., Hyatt, Irvine, www.forumbyhoag.com. For more information, please contact Stacy Hunt at (949) 764-7205 or foruminfo@hoag.org.

 

Girl Scouts of Orange County Celebrate Leadership Gala - Friday, October 26, 2012

Save the Date for the Girl Scouts of Orange County Celebrate Leadership Gala, taking place October 26 at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. The 3rd annual celebration will commemorate Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: SEPTEMBER   
Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting 

Thursday, September 13, 2012 I 9:00 a.m - 10:30 a.m.

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, September 14, 2012 I 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

BizFedOC Committee Meeting

Friday, September 14, 2012 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 I 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 I 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 I 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   

 

Executive Invitational Golf Tournament Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 I 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

 

Community College Working Group Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 27, 2012 I 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

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 2012 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:   

 

NEW! SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FROM TOSHIBA  

OCBC members receive special discounts on Toshiba LCD televisions, laptop computers and accessories. CLICK HERE for the discount website or call 1-800-405-3704 and reference PROGRAM ID: PAOB.

 

DISCOUNTED RATE FOR INTERNET MARKETING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS  

OCBC invites you to the 2012 Internet Marketing Association Conference and Impact Awards, taking place September 20-22 in Las Vegas. The IMA has put together a world-class event that is centered on content, the latest business intelligence and revenue-generating networking--all for the benefit of attendees and their companies. IMA is providing OCBC members a 50% reduction (only $195) on conference fee, including food and beverage for 3 days at Aria Convention Center. Please use coupon code IMA50 and CLICK HERE. The Conference will include breakout sessions, main stage keynote presentations, an exhibitor showcase featuring over 100 sponsoring companies, and the Impact Awards to honor your achievements. 


PACIFIC SYMPHONY CONCERTS UNDER THE STARS  

Join Pacific Symphony this summer at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for concerts under the starts. OCBC members receive a 20% discount on all tickets purchased through the affinity program. Mention Orange County Business Council when booking your tickets with Sheri Mitchell at 714-876-2384 or groups@pacificsymphony.org. Note: You are not required to purchase 10 tickets in order to receive the discount. CLICK HERE for the summer concert flier. 

 

DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATES
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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