The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, December 2, 2014
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET AWARD WINNERS CELEBRATED AT 4TH ANNUAL RECEPTION!

OCBC is pleased to announce the winners of the 4th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards, presented by Chase. The awards recognize leaders, policies and programs in local government that eliminate barriers to economic growth and private sector job creation. The winners were selected by a diverse committee of business and city leaders, chaired by Dan Miller, The Irvine Company. The winners are:

  • Award for Business Retention and Expansion: City of Lake Forest was awarded for its program that creates and maintains jobs by assisting companies with employee needs.
    • City of Orange received an honorable mention for its retention and expansion of the Ayres Hotel Orange.
  • Award for Sustainable and Green Development: OC Parks and OC Public Works were awarded for improving a 100-year-old flood protection system, while adding two acres of high-quality land to an area in need of recreational space.
  • Award for Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse: The City of Santa Ana was honored for Terraces at Santiago and Depot at Santiago, which provide much-needed workforce housing.
  • Award for Responding to Globalization: Capistrano Unified School District was awarded for its Two-Way Language Immersion Program, which teaches students to think, read, write, and communicate naturally in two languages.
  • Award for Public-Private Partnership: City of Anaheim was awarded for its World-Class Partnerships program, which streamlines construction projects meant to accommodate its large volume of tourists.
    • The City of Dana Point received an honorable mention for its Tourism and Business Improvement District program.
  • Leadership Award:
    Anaheim Police Department 
    was awarded for its successful program to compassionately address a significant homeless population. 

Congratulations to all the award nominees and winners!  CLICK HERE for a full description of award winners. CLICK HERE for a video. CLICK HERE for photos of the event. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 

2015 ANNUAL DINNER: SECURE THE FUTURE 

OCBC is pleased to announce the theme for the 2015 Annual Dinner is "Secure the Future," and will feature keynote speaker Steve Milligan, President and CEO, Western Digital. Milligan is a true computer industry insider who has also served as President and CEO of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. Don't miss his insights on protecting your private and corporate identity and brand integrity in the digital age. Also invited to speak is Senator Diane Feinstein, Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. During the gala event, OCBC will recognize outgoing 2014 Chairman Les Card, LSA Associates, and install the 2014 Board of Directors, led by incoming Chair Laura DeSoto, Experian. 


WHEN: Thursday, February 19, 2015

TIME: Reception 5:00 p.m. I Program 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Irvine  I  17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA

TICKETS: OCBC Member $250  I  Non-Member  $350  I Sponsorships available
 

      
 

For more event and sponsorship opportunities information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager.

EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION NOT ENOUGH

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There has been a long-time critical need for substantial immigration reform and President Barack Obama's recent executive actions are a move in the right direction, but should not be considered a replacement for meaningful congressional action. OCBC urges congress to come to the table and pass an immigration bill that will supersede presidential executive action. The president's three-tiered strategy of securing the borders; removing the focus from deporting current, generally law-abiding undocumented immigrants; and streamlining the permanent visa process for highly skilled workers are all critical reforms that must be accomplished permanently through a bi-partisan bill. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

CTC REPORT: COLLABORATION CRUCIAL TO STATE'S TRANSPORTATION FUTURE

The California Transportation Commission released its 2014 Annual Report to the California Legislature, which identifies timely and relevant transportation issues and summarizes major policy decisions over the past year. Last year, the commission allocated over $4 billion in state and federal transportation funding, helping to generate more than 92,000 private and public sector jobs, and contributing to a construction program in excess of $5.89 billion in state-administered construction contracts. Among many accomplishments, the commission adopted the Statewide and Small Urban and Rural program of 148 projects totaling $220.8 million in Active Transportation Program funds, which will not only encourage increased biking and walking and benefit California's disadvantaged communities, but will also provide safe access improvements to more than 83 of California's schools. During 2014, the commission also directed its focus to the need for strategic reforms and sustainable, sufficient, and reliable revenue -- highlighting the need to further develop relationships between Caltrans and its regional partners to move forward with the best investment decisions possible. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE FORUM HIGHLIGHTS OC'S ROLE AS GLOBAL POWERHOUSE

Business, education, and community leaders gathered at the Irvine Marriott November 20 for the 2014 Orange County International Trade Forum. Francisco Sanchez, former Undersecretary for International Trade with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and current Chairman of CNS Global Advisors was the keynote speaker and discussed some of the efforts to promote international trade in local metropolitan areas. He touched on the effort to grant Trade Promotion Authority to President Obama, as well as some of the significant free trade agreements currently being negotiated including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The program included OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor, Wallace Walrod, who provided an overview on Orange County's latest export numbers as well as how international trade's role as an emerging industry and cross-cutting cluster driver is impacting the Orange County economy. Moderated by Chase's Morgan McGrath, panelists OCBC Board Member Noel Massie from UPS, Bob Bowen from Western Digital, and Richard Swanson with U.S. Commercial Service discussed a variety of topics including Orange County's position in the global market place, Ex-Im Bank reauthorization, and what Orange County can do to become more attractive for foreign direct investment. CLICK HERE for photos. CLICK HERE to read more about the International Trade Forum. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

OCBC'S ALICIA BERHOW ELECTED AS SECRETARY/TREASURER TO CA BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY

OCBC's Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy, has been elected to the California Board of Accountancy (CBA) as Secretary/Treasurer. The CBA was created in 1901 and is an oversight board exercising licensing, regulatory and disciplinary functions; currently regulating 96,000 licensees, which is the largest group of licensed accounting professionals in the nation, including individuals, partnerships, and corporations. As Secretary/Treasurer, Berhow will oversee the Governor's budget for the CBA and how it affects the licensees and consumers of California. She was appointed to the CBA by the Speaker of the Assembly in February 2011 and will move through the leadership positions and serve as President in 2016. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

OC UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO 5 PERCENT

Orange County employers added 15,800 jobs in October, shrinking the unemployment rate to 5 percent, compared to 6.1 percent in October 2013. Part of the unemployment decline can be attributed to seasonal gains in government employment from 5,600 to 151,700 jobs, largely in local government.  Orange County continues to lead the state in job creation when compared to the overall California unemployment rate of 7 percent. For more information on Orange County's business climate, visit www.locationoc.com. For more information, contact Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC. 

POST-ELECTION REPORT: DOWNWARD TREND IN WOMEN ELECTED TO OFFICE

The trend for women's representation in elected office of the past several election cycles in California has either remained stagnated or decreased. Women comprise 50 percent of the population but only hold 25 percent of elected positions. A post-election report from California Women Lead highlights the downward trend of women contenders in state elections in the 2014 cycle, with women being outnumbered four-to-one going into the June primaries. Women had a loss of seats in the State Legislature and on County Boards of Supervisors and gained only one seat in the Congressional delegation. Rachel Michelin, CEO, CA Women Lead said that current female legislators must look ahead to future elections and offer mentorship as a critical way to prepare talented candidates to run for office. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 

CONNECTING BUSINESS WITH PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is seeking input from the business community as part of the Orange County Homeland Security Advisory Committee (OC HSAC), a public/private partnership formed to improve safety and security in the county. OC HSAC looks to engage Orange County business leaders and public safety personnel to address public safety issues including cyber security, natural disasters, and ongoing terrorist threats. If you or your company is interested in being part of the OC HSAC program, contact Heather Houston with the Orange County Sheriff's Department at (714) 289-3952 or Heather.Houston@ociac.org.  CLICK HERE for additional information. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 

For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.

COMMUNITY EVENTS    

Spread the Joy: Support Family and Senior Resource Centers - December 12 

Project is asking for your support to provide holiday celebrations at each of the more than 60 Family and Senior Resource Centers. It is the goal that every low-income Project Access participant will enjoy a festive holiday celebration, and every child leave with a toy - perhaps the only one they will receive this holiday season. The deadline to contribute for this program is December 12, 2014. To help make a difference in the lives of local low-income families this holiday season, CLICK HERE

 

Explore ARTIC Grand Opening Celebration - Saturday, December 13

All are invited to Explore ARTIC Grand Opening Celebration from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Attendees will enjoy food, music, activities, tours and giveaways at this fun and family-friendly event. CLICK HERE for more information. 

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: DECEMBER

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting

Friday, December 5, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, December 5, 2014  I  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 9, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.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 2014 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 

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! SUPPORT PACIFIC CHORALE AND ENJOY SHOWS AND SOIREES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Pacific Chorale, the resident choir of Segerstrom Center for the Arts, has joined the OCBC as a Community Partner - and is offering a 20% discount on subscriptions to its 2014-2015 concert season, including the Chorale's holiday concert December 22 at the Segerstrom Concert Hall at 8 p.m. To take advantage of the holiday offer, CLICK HERE and use the code "OCBIZ". The regular season starts November 2nd; the final concert is May 17. For the best seats, visit the OCBC exclusive Community Partner subscription page:  Or call, 714/662-2345. CLICK HERE for more pricing information. 

  
WHAT IS A CLOUD, AND HOW DOES IT HELP YOUR BUSINESS?
This event is an educational seminar that will help explain the "Cloud" and its key business applications. Many businesses today are confused as to what the term Cloud means. Each technology company seems to have a different spin on term We will cover and discuss the 4 basic forms of the Cloud, why they work for your business and what to look for when choosing Cloud products. Join Microsoft from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2014 at the Microsoft Technology Center Irvine. CLICK HERE for more information. 

PACIFIC SYMPHONY GROUP DISCOUNTS

Gather a group for live music and a great evening out with Pacific Symphony at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater this summer. From the music of Neil Diamond to Beethoven to the soundtrack of your favorite Pixar Movies, there's something for everyone this summer. These concerts are perfect for staff events, clients, partner organizations, groups of friends, and family. Groups of 10 or more save 20% or special seating in 3rd tier Upper Terrace at just $20 for groups only. Visit PacificSymphony.org for complete schedule, seating charts and concert information. Group discounts are available only through Group Sales at (714) 876-2384 or by email to Groups@PacificSymphony.org.

OPEN A CD WITH F&M BANK TODAY!

F&M Bank is offering an exclusive 13 month CD special at 0.70% APY. Funds must come from a financial institution other than F&M Bank, requires a minimum opening deposit of $5,000 and maximum of $250,000. Take advantage of this offer by October 31, 2014. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

SAVE MONEY AND ELECTRICITY BY GOING SOLAR WITH SUNPOWER 

Have you considered solar for your home?  The world's leading solar manufacturer, SunPower Corporation, has joined OCBC and is offering OCBC investors (and their employees) a special discount on solar for your home.  Beyond a generous discount for us all, SunPower is also making a donation to STEM Education in Orange County for each residential system purchased through this program.  This is a great way to save costs on electricity and to support the local community at the same time. CLICK HERE to sign up for a free solar home evaluation and for more information on this special offer. 

 

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 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 http://savewithups.com/ocbc/ or call 714.502.2577.
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