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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County

Tuesday, September 13, 2011   

BLOG: IRVINE MAYOR SECURES GREAT PARK NEIGHBORHOODS

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Adult Leadership in Irvine for the Nation to Follow

Mayor Kang Works to Put Others Back To Work

 

I witnessed firsthand on August 30 an amazing display of calm, deliberative and ultimately decisive leadership by Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang. The only agenda item was a major development project-Great Park Neighborhoods by FivePoint Communities. At stake, nearly 5,000 homes surrounding the Great Park, transportation improvements, bringing 16,500 jobs to the City and contributing more than $865 million in local infrastructure investment.

 

Three people testified in support: business leader Tom Nielsen, former State Senator Marian Bergeson, and yours truly on behalf of OCBC. Not one person appeared in opposition, yet the public hearing lasted for more than six hours with two council members out of the five taking the majority of time peppering staff with questions about the plan. CLICK HERE to read more and comment.   

WAITING FOR SUPERNANNY? SQUIRREL!
Apparently when legislative leaders made a pledge to "improve California's business climate and help create jobs for Californians" they were just kidding. In the last few hours of the legislative session, instead of tackling California's soaring unemployment rate, the legislature found time to allow home child care workers to unionize (AB 101). They additionally authorized several state agencies to supervise and monitor the new child care labor agreements. Is this the streamlining we were promised? Maybe who we really need is Mary Poppins because this bill is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, finding even the sound of it as something quite atrocious. Visit www.CaliforniaSquirrel.com for more legislative "distractions." For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
ECONOMIC RECOVERY: LOCAL CONTROL, REGIONAL COLLABORATION

Economic Development Committee Co-Chair Chris Harrington, VP of Strategy and Business Development for Toshiba America Information Systems, welcomed at a recent committee meeting presenters Dr. Wallace Walrod, VP of Economic Development and Research for OCBC, and Jim MacLellan, Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles. Dr. Walrod provided an update on Southern California Association of Government's (SCAG) Economic Recovery and Job Creation Strategy, which seeks to kick start economic development opportunities at the state and regional level, identify characteristics unique to Southern California, and develop informed economic strategies to guide the region's recovery. Between 2000 and 2007 90.5% of the state's job growth took place in Southern California, but between 2007 and 2010, all 600,000 new jobs, plus an additional 200,000 jobs, were lost. Since 2007 more than 2,500 businesses with three or more employees have left California for more business-friendly states, taking 109,000 jobs with them. And the state continues to struggle to retain economic development programs that would incentivize doing business in California. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development.

WHO HAS THE BEST ECONOMIC PLAN? GAVIN NEWSOM AND MEG WHITMAN COMING TO OC!

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will share his recently unveiled statewide economic growth plan at the Wednesday, October 5, 2011 OC Forum luncheon, outlining specific strategies for sustainable job creation and economic development that rely upon public-private partnerships at every level of government. Click here for registration information.

 

The following day, Thursday, October 6, BizFed OC - the premier alliance of Orange County business organizations - will host its inaugural luncheon featuring Meg Whitman, former eBay President and CEO and 2010 California gubernatorial candidate. Join OCBC at the Center Club in Costa Mesa from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. where large and small businesses, nonprofits, and industry organizations will gather to hear from the woman who grew eBay into an $8 billion company in just a decade. Click here to register. 

 

Do not miss what are sure to be intriguing back-to-back economic perspectives from two of California's most prominent voices. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

OC'S HOUSING MARKET SHOWING SIGNS OF RECOVERY

Finally - some good news from the home2housing market. According to Construction Industry Research Board statistics, Orange County developers in the first seven months of 2011 pulled permits for 3,369 units - an 146% increase over the same period last year. The state, however, saw just 25,304 permits pulled, down 2% from the same time in 2010. Orange County home building was led by the City of Irvine, with 723 single-family permits and 1,578 multifamily permits. Irvine was followed by Tustin with 277 permits, Anaheim with 139 permits, and Aliso Viejo with 107 permits.

 

The Construction Industry Research Board has dropped its 2011 forecast of statewide permitting to 46,700 total units - down from 51,000. If this prediction is correct, the state will end the year just slightly ahead of 2010's 44,762 permits. The recovery of the housing market, new construction, and consumer confidence that home prices have hit rock bottom are critical to the state and nation's economic recovery. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

TOSHIBA HONORED FOR ASSISTING SCHOOL: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AT WORK!

On September 1 the City of Anaheim celebrated Toshiba America's generous donation of 44 laptops to a local school and library in Anaheim, Ponderosa Park and Ponderosa Elementary School Library. The laptops will provide students critical access to the newest technologies, helping to prepare them for the 21st-century global economy. Ponderosa Park and Ponderosa Elementary School Library represent a unique community partnership in the City of Anaheim. The park and school, although governed by two distinct government agencies, share in the use of the library. Toshiba America's donation will allow school children at Ponderosa Elementary School to use the new library computers during school hours and the city will be able to offer adult computer classes in the evening to local residents. Toshiba is a world leader in the principles of corporate social responsibility and shared values that benefit both the company and the community. OCBC is honored to learn from Chris Harrington of Toshiba, a leader in strategic thinking. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

LUCY DUNN HONORED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO TRANSPORTATION

Lucy Dunn, Orange County Business Council President and CEO and California Transportation Commissioner, received Mobility 21's Private Sector Leader of the Year Award at the 10th Annual Mobility 21 Summit on September 6 in Los Angeles. OCTA CEO and Mobility 21 Board Chairman Will Kempton presented Dunn with the award for her extensive work delivering transportation funding for Southern California to widen freeways, repair roads and improve transit. OCBC Chairman Eddie Northen, Vice President of Finance for the West Region of UPS, acknowledged Dunn's dedication that benefits millions of Californians. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

OCBC WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS - HAVE YOU JOINED THE LEADING VOICE OF BUSINESS?
OCBC is pleased to announce nine new members:
Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger LLP - Superior results, exceptional quality, and unsurpassed value to their clients are the highest priorities at the law firm of Carlton DiSante & Freudenberger LLP. Founded in 1994, they have spent the past decade combining the talents and energies of attorneys trained at some of the best law firms and law schools in the nation.
Jones Lang LaSalle - Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate services and investment management.  They have more than 40,000 people in 1,000 locations in 70 countries serve the local, regional and global real estate needs of those clients, growing their company in the process.
California State University, Long Beach - California State University Long Beach is a diverse, student-centered, globally-engaged public university committed to providing highly-valued undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service for the people of California and the world.
KTGY Group, Inc. - As a full-service architectural and planning firm established in 1991, KTGY has delivered a depth and breadth of successful design solutions for: Planning and Urban Design, Residential, Mixed Use, Retail and Hospitality.
Alta Environmental - Alta Environmental is comprised of distinguished engineers in the safety community whose collective track record features more than 50 years of proven, budget-minded solutions to a full range of environmental and engineering needs.

Welcome to our newest BizFedOC members:
Anaheim Chamber of Commerce - The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce links businesses with other leading Anaheim area business members, officers, leaders and managers, and elected officials to enhance economic growth and development. Through involvement in and attendance at chamber events, local business leaders are better connected with other business professionals outside of their regular schedule.
Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce - The Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce provides programs, connectivity and advocacy that promote economic vitality for members.
Irvine Chamber of Commerce - Serving as the voice of business for Irvine, the Irvine Chamber's mission is to provide businesses with the resources they need to succeed. The Chamber accomplishes this through five key areas: creating a strong local economy; promoting the community; providing several opportunities to connect with fellow businesses; representing business to government; and political action.
NAIOP - The Commercial Real Estate Development Association is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate.

Join the leading business organization in Orange County where the most influential companies and top executives are actively engaged in creating a pro-business environment and a vibrant and prosperous economy. For more information about membership with OCBC or BizFedOC, please contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.
HOW WILL CHANGES IN HEALTHCARE IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS?

It's clear that the healthcare landscape healthcarehas changed dramatically. Less clear is what this new reality means for businesses in and around Orange County. As open enrollment season approaches, how are you and your employees responding to rapid and often confusing healthcare changes? How are healthcare providers adjusting to ensure maximum value? What does it mean for healthcare to become more "retail" and consumer focused? Can the changing face of healthcare inspire innovation and new opportunities in the private sector?

 

Join Hoag Hospital Foundation at the Forum on Healthcare 2011, where they will share information and discuss the changing healthcare landscape. 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 these and other important questions.

 

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

TIME: 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine 

COST: $50

 

To register, visit www.forumbyhoag.org. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development. 

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO BE A TV STAR? 

OCBC invites its investors to submit an advertisement or commercial promoting YOU and your business to be viewed by many of the 8.5 million passengers who travel through John Wayne Airport annually. OCBC will place your ad in a video loop that will play continuously for one year at a high traffic retail location operated by The Paradies Shops. Special discounted rates are available for investors and silver investors, and gold and platinum investors will receive complimentary print and video ads. The deadline to submit your ad is September 26, 2011. For more information, contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development, at csignorino@ocbc.org or 949.794.7223.

TWO DAYS LEFT TO SUBMIT YOUR RED CARPET NOMINATIONS! 

Orange County Business Council is accepting nominations until Thursday, September 15, 2011 for its inaugural "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet" competition, where we will recognize six outstanding public agencies who are proactively cutting through the red tape and opening the door for business across Orange County. Nominations can be completed online or mailed to OCBC, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614. Honorees will be recognized at a formal reception on November 17, 2011. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

BREAK INTO THE RAPIDLY GROWING DIGITAL MEDIA INDUSTRY

The University of California, Irvine Extension is offering a new fall course titled, "Introduction to Digital Media & e-Publishing" from September 26 through December 5, 2011. The 10-week class will be taught in a hybrid format, alternating between online and in-classroom instruction. The course is targeted toward those with creative interests and will demonstrate practical applications of those interests in context of the real world. Course instructor, Scott Hays, an experienced publishing consultant and author, will increase course participants' working knowledge of digital writing and e-publishing techniques and opportunities. CLICK HERE to read more. To learn more about UC Irvine Extension's fall course offerings, visit www.extension.uci.edu. To register for the new course, call 949-824-6335 or email UnexArts@uci.edu. For more information contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.

OCBC UPCOMING EVENTS

BizFedOC Luncheon Featuring Meg Whitman - Thursday, October 6 - The Center Club

Click here to register.

 

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 Featuring Victor Nichols - Tuesday, October 18 - The Center Club

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

 

Economic Forecast Conference - Thursday, October 27 - Hyatt Regency Irvine

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


For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: BANK OF AMERICA

Bank of America understands bank of america logothat in the past business has thrived from the use of oil, gas, and coal as dependable fuel and that U.S. and global economies will continue to be dependent upon them until reliable alternatives are developed. That's why Bank of America is working through investment and financial engineering to help stimulate the development and use of cleaner, renewable energy sources among utility companies. As a banking company, they are also providing industries with a wide range of financial products and services that help them develop plans that reduce their emissions and that help them achieve their own sustainability goals.

 

Bank of America's newest environmental development is involvement and financing of Project SolarStrong, the largest residential solar power project to date and the first of its kind. SolarStrong is expected to create more than $1 billion in solar projects and 371 megawatts of new solar generation capacity through the installation of rooftop photovoltaic systems. Bank of America is doing their part to protect our environment by financing clean renewable energy sources while shedding light on new alternatives. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

NEWS YOU CAN USE

More great apps this week from OCBC staff: 

 

Scanner Pro - Transforms an iPhone into a portable scanner in your pocket.

MightyMeeting - With MightyMeeting you can store presentations and demo videos in the cloud and access them anywhere with your smartphone.

Gist - Gist provides the only full view of your professional contacts by creating rich business profiles that include news, status updates and work details.

Jump Desktop - Jump Desktop is a remote desktop application that lets you control your computer from your smartphone.

 

For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications. 

NI HAO! INTERESTED IN AN 8-DAY BUSINESS TRIP TO CHINA? 

We want to hear from you! OCBC is preparing for a China/Hong Kong Business Immersion Trip in 2012. To help us assess business interest, please fill out a brief 4-question survey. Please take a moment to provide us with your feedback on this exciting opportunity. Click here to take the survey. For more information, contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.
OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: SEPTEMBER
Economic Forecast Conference Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 20, 2011  I  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workforce Development Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 2011  I  7:30 AM - 9:00 AM


Workforce Housing Committee Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 2011  I  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

OCMoves Steering Committee Meeting

Friday, September 23, 2011  I  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Community College Working Group Committee Meeting

Thursday, September 29, 2011  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:   

 

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

To receive a special discount for the Wednesday, September 14 performance of West Side Story, click on this link and enter promotion code 13862. Pick your seats, print your tickets at home, and avoid all service fees.  

 

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.
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Mario Armstrong's DREAM, CREATE, GO! STEM Roadshow - Tuesday, September 20, 2011 

Presented by Toshiba/NSTA ExlopraVision, join tech expert Mario Armstrong and other educators to learn how to motivate your students in science and technology. The event will feature a FREE interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) event and discussion to energize educators and help them learn to empower and inspire kids. Hear from Mario about some of today's most inspirational STEM role models. Win cool prizes, including a Toshiba Thrive Tablet and Toshiba LED light bulbs. Click here for more information. 

 

YLG Speed Networking Event - Thursday, September 22, 2011

You are invited to join the Urban Land Institute Orange County / Inland Empire Young Leaders Group for a unique educational networking event with your peers in the land use industry. Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs, Orange County Business Council, will share her personal experiences establishing and maintaining meaningful professional relationships throughout her 20 year career in the land use industry. Participants will also learn networking best practices and tools for "breaking the ice." Following the educational program, you'll have the opportunity to Speed Network with your fellow Gen X and Y members. Drinks and appetizers will be served and all attendees will leave at the end of the evening with a flash drive that holds the contact info for all in attendance! Click here for more information.

 

Internet Marketing Association Awards - Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Internet Marketing Association invites you to the IMA Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 22. The awards are given to businesses that demonstrate superiority in developing Internet marketing strategies and campaigns. Each winner of the IMA award will be promoted through press release, Facebook, YouTube, and permanently listing on the IMA website. For more information, visit www.imanetwork.org.  

 

California in Motion Health & Fitness Fair - Saturday, September 24, 2011

Please join Senator Lou Correa and community partners at a Health & Fitness Fair at Valley High School in Santa Ana. The event will feature a program for the entire family, including the Anaheim Ducks Street Team, CSUF Dance Team, martial arts demonstrations, fitness activities and prizes, music and performances, free health screenings, BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, TDAP vaccinations, and other medical screenings. For more information call 714.558.4400.  

 

Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce AT&T Golf Tournament - Monday, September 26, 2011

Join Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce at their annual AT&T Golf Tournament on September 26 at the Santa Ana Country Club. The event will be a great day to play golf, meet business peers, and help fundraise to keep the voice of the Chamber strong. The tournament will include getaway vacation trips and other auction items during the post-golf reception. For more information, visit www.santaanachamber.com.   

 

Orange County Children's Book Festival - Sunday, October 2, 2011  

A free community event with free parking! Over 100+ popular authors, illustrators, exhibitors and professional storytellers including Robin Priess Glasser, Molly Shannon, DJ MacHale, Victoria Burnett and many more. Orange Coast College from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more details visit www.kidsbookfestival.com.

 

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.

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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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