The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County Tuesday, March 10, 2015
YOU CAN NOW TAKE UBER, LYFT FROM JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT!
Uber, Lyft and other Internet-based ride services can now legally operate at John Wayne Airport. The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement Tuesday, March 3, allowing the Transportation Network Company (TNC), including Uber and Lyft, to pick up people at the airport with proper permits- the companies are already allowed to drop off departing passengers at the airport. OCBC has long supported the decision as it produces increased options and access to transportation for passengers. Unlike other major metro areas, Orange County's millions of annual tourist and business travelers lack access to a convenient public transportation system to and from the airport. TNC's provide an entrepreneurial model that expands consumer choice, creates thousands of jobs in the region, and allows for open competition among the area's transportation options. While a date to put the decision into action is unknown, Tuesday's agreement ends months of negotiating by county leaders over how to regulate the use of the increasingly popular ride-share applications at the airport, which were previously dominated by large taxi and shuttle services. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
OCBC ADVOCATES FOR MULTI-YEAR EXTENSION OF U.S. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK IN D.C.
Between February 24 and 25, OCBC's Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development, and Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for a multi-year extension of the U.S Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im). In meeting with multiple Congressional offices, as well as the offices of California senators Feinstein and Boxer, OCBC stressed the importance of the Ex-Im in supporting Orange County's international trade industry. Since 2010, 130 Orange County companies have utilized the Ex-Im's services, resulting in the export of over $3 billion in goods and services. OCBC's advocacy efforts were in conjunction with a broader effort organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which included over 650 Ex-Im supporters who visited the nation's capital to meet with members of Congress to discuss the importance the Ex-Im Bank plays to the success of their business. As the Ex-Im's charter is set to expire June 30, it is imperative that Congress act soon to provide a multi-year extension for Ex-Im in order to help U.S. companies remain competitive in the global market. CLICK HERE for more information on the Ex-Im Bank and its importance to the U.S. economy. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.
OCBC APPLAUDS CEQA RULING: A LANDMARK DECISION
On Monday, March 2, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of a "categorical exemption" under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This is a landmark ruling that sets a crucial precedent and will reduce the cost and time for development of housing, infrastructure, and commercial developments, which are all imperative to the economic viability of California. The case was regarding a nearly 10,000 square foot residential unit development in Berkeley hills. The city claimed a categorical exemption, which meant the project did not have to file any CEQA findings in its application for development. Opponents of the project claimed that due to its size and the instability of the hill, the project had "unusual circumstances" and therefore, required CEQA analysis, which is a lengthy and costly environmental review. However, the Supreme Court maintained that the project was consistent with the requirements of a "categorical exemption" and did not have to file any CEQA findings. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
SURVEY SHOWS INCREASED OPTIMISM AMONG SMALL BUSINESS, BUT CONTINUE TO LOOK OUT-OF-STATE
Union Bank's annual Small Business Economic Survey showed that small business owners have the most positive economic outlook in four years. For the first time since 2012, the majority of small business owners believe the overall economy is heading in the right direction, with an all-time high of 90 percent believing their business is headed in the right direction. The rise in optimism reflects data showing that more entrepreneurs worked longer hours in 2014 due to increased business (61 percent, up 6 points from 2013). Despite the positive economic outlook, hints of restraint remain in capital and labor budgets for 2015, with most owners planning to maintain the same capital spending and staffing levels as 2014. In addition, a growing contingent (18 percent, up 7 points) plans to move their business out of state, primarily due to tax burdens. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.
JOIN OCBC FOR AN INTIMATE BREAKFAST WITH UC IRVINE'S CHANCELLOR HOWARD GILLMAN - APRIL 2
Join OCBC for a Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Thursday, April 2 featuring UC Irvine's Chancellor Howard Gillman, Ph.D. He became the university's sixth chancellor on September 18, 2014, and is an award-winning scholar and teacher, with academic appointments in the departments of political science, history, law, and criminology, law & society. Learn more about what is in store for UC Irvine and Chancellor Gillman's tools for success. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from one of OC's leading executives, interviewed by Tom Phelps, Chair of OCBC's CEO Leadership Caucus!
WHEN: Thursday, April 2, 2015 TIME: Registration- 7:15 a.m. I Breakfast- 8 a.m. I Adjourn - 9 a.m.
WHERE: The Center Club, 650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
TICKETS: OCBC Member $85 I CLB Series $225 I Non-Member $145
For more event and sponsorship opportunities information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF A HOUSING SHORTAGE ON OC'S WORKFORCE? - MARCH 31 FORUM
Join OCBC for the 2015 Workforce Housing Forum, where Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod will present the 2015 Orange County Workforce Housing Scorecard. Using city data, Dr. Walrod compares how Orange County cities are balancing jobs creation and adequate supply of housing.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 TIME: Reception 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: 16200 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, CA
TICKETS: OCBC Member $75 I Non-Member $120 I Sponsorships available
For more event and sponsorship opportunities information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager.
FORMER STATE SEN. LOU CORREA APPOINTED TO CA HIGH-SPEED RAIL AUTHORITY
OCBC congratulates Orange County's Lou Correa, a former state senator, to the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) Authority. Correa has proved to be an excellent advocate for Orange County and OCBC is thrilled to have his voice on the nine-member board for the $68 billion project, especially with ARTIC being the first HSR station build. He replaces Richard Frank, an environmental law professor at the University of California, Davis. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
CSU FULLERTON PRESIDENT GARCIA HONORED AS TRAILBLAZER
Congratulations to Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García, who will join five other trailblazing CSU presidents in April to be honored with the Leadership California Trailblazer Award. It will be the first time that the organization will honor a group of women in recognition of their groundbreaking achievements and leadership in academia. They will award the Trailblazer Award during their Legacy of Leadership awards ceremony April 27 in Los Angeles. Garcia was the first Latina president in the CSU when she was named president of Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2007. She became president of Cal State Fullerton in 2012. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations.
FAREWELL TO ART LEAHY, OCBC COMMENDS YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE
The legacy of Art Leahy, Chief Executive of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is well-established and his leadership in Los Angeles will be missed. Every second of every day, the business community moves people and goods throughout Southern California in order to advance economic prosperity and grow jobs. The region has benefited greatly because of improvements made, capacity increased, innovation advanced under Art's watch. Thank you for your decades of public service, Art! A reception hosted by Mobility 21 will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in Los Angeles. CLICK HERE for event details.
GO-BIZ ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FINAL ROUND OF CA COMPETES TAX CREDITS
From March 9 to April 6 the California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will accept applications for the final round of California Competes Tax Credits for FY 2014-2015. The income tax credit is available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in the state. Tax credit agreements will be negotiated by GO-Biz and approved by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee. Each fiscal year, 25 percent of the available credits are reserved for small businesses. CLICK HERE for additional information on the California Competes Tax Credit. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development.
JWA CONTINUES EFFICIENCIES AND LOOKING FOR MORE MEXICO FLIGHTS
John Wayne Airport (JWA) will likely expand its international flight options as Alaska Airlines submitted an application today to begin two nonstop flights to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flights are pending approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Mexico Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil. The move comes just after recently released reports of a six-month trend of more passengers on fewer flights at JWA. The trend is the result of efforts from airlines flying more efficiently out of the local airport. Passenger traffic grew 2.5 percent to about 737,000 in January 2015, which is up from 718,000 passengers in the same month last year. Commercial takeoffs and landings declined 1.7 percent, while total takeoffs and landing grew about 7 percent from last year. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs.
U.S.-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT MARKS THREE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
On March 12, OCBC joins the City of Fullerton, Fullerton Chamber of Commerce, and members of the international trade community in celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. Implemented in March 2012, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement is considered the United States' most commercially significant free trade agreement in almost two decades. Designed for businesses interested in learning more about the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement and how they can benefit, this special symposium will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the Fullerton Community Center, located at 340 W. Commonwealth Ave in Fullerton. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
OCBC AROUND THE COMMUNITY
February 26, 2015
OCBC's President and CEO Lucy Dunn joined The City Square for a candid discussion on OCBC's initiatives and goals moving into 2015. LISTEN HERE to learn what is coming up in transportation for Orange County, including the I-405, funding statewide projects and the future of the Ontario International Airport. Also, learn why OCBC is working on cyber security education and outreach to "Secure the Future" of Orange County.
March 5, 2015
OCBC's President and CEO Lucy Dunn participated an education panel discussion to launch the new book "THINK Together: How YOU can play a roled in improving education in America." Dunn and the panel discussed topics such as the achievement gap, demographic trends in schools and what that means for the future workforce, and the private sector's role in ensuring that California public schools are thriving and providing kids with 21st century skills.
Bid Invite for Caltrans 07-2W7704
Myers and Sons Construction LP is requesting bids from all qualified subcontractors, trucking firms and suppliers to work on an upcoming heavy highway project. The project involves treating bridge decks with methacrylate and replacing joint seals and is estimated at about $490,000 including all scopes of work. CLICK HERE for more information.
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County Hiring from Retail Store Manager in Anaheim
The Habitat ReStores are non-profit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used building materials and home furnishings to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The Anaheim location is currently looking for Habitat ReStore Manager, CLICK HERE for more information.
Coast Colleges Job Opportunities - February 25 to March 12
Coast Colleges has various job openings for a variety of positions, including part-time and temporary faculty with closing dates to submit applications between February 25 and March 12, 2015. CLICK HERE to view more information.
Apartment Association of OC Annual Trade Show and Economic Forum - Thursday, March 12
This sold out trade show brings together over 130 industry exhibitors and industry professionals under one roof, ranging from finance, property management, legal counsel, products and services, and government affairs. Join AAOC from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015 at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa.
Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age - Thursday, March 19
The Center for Digital Transformation is hosting its first signature conference "Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age" at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for National Academies of Science and Engineering adjacent to the UC Irvine campus. The conference is designed to help you reflect on your journey in an evolving digital world. Registrants may receive a $100 discount when using the registration code '4OCBC.' CLICK HERE for more information.
Opportunity for Young Professionals In Your Organization: Elite OC Schmoozer - Thursday, March 19
Join Elite OC from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Concordia University and meet event speakers Dr. Kevin Grant of Concordia University's Business Schools, and Quy "Q" Nguyen, an established entrepreneur and philanthropist, for insight on building a legacy. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.
Small Business - Big Opportunity Panel - Friday, March 20
OCBC's Vice President of Economic Development, Matt Petteruto, will serve as a panelist at the upcoming "Small Business - Big Opportunity" symposium hosted by Travelers Institute on Friday, March 20, 2015. As part of a national series of symposia to identify solutions to challenges facing small businesses today, attendees will here from a variety of speakers on issues relating to accessing capital, cybersecurity, business continuity planning, and the local economic and regulatory outlook. CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE to register.
All About That Aim - Bowl with Project Access - Thursday, April 2
Save the date for a bowling event to raise money for Project Access, which is a program to support education for Orange County youths from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015. Just $100 will allow a child to benefit from the Education for Youth Program for one year. The Bowling for a Cause goal is $30,000 which will support efforts to help low-income youth reach graduation. This is a great team building opportunity for companies!CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE to register.
WALK UNITED 2015-Sunday, April 19
WALK UNITED 2015 will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. With live music, great food, entertainment and a kids' zone with bounce houses, face painting and balloon artistry, this event is fun for the whole family! WALK UNITED supports United Way's FACE 2024 community action-wide action plan to address the most pressing local issues in Education, Income, Health and Housing. Make a difference on your Sunday and WALK UNITED! CLICK HERE for more information.
15th Annual a Gathering of Friends - Saturday, May 2
The Alzheimer's Family Services Center invites you to join the 15 Annual Gathering of Friends at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Attendees will hear a heartwarming story of one of the center's participants and honor the Archstone Foundation. Sponsorship, underwriting and auction opportunities are available. For more information, contact Lucy Takahashi, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for the Measure M Oversight Committee - Monday, May 4
The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is seeking qualified volunteers to serve on the Measure M Taxpayer Oversight Committee (TOC). The 11-member committee monitors OCTA's use of Measure M funds and ensures that all revenue collected from both Measure M1 and the Renewed Measure M2 is spent on voter-approved transportation projects. The independent committee was formed after the passage in 1990 of Measure M, which is a half-cent sales tax to fund transportation improvements in Orange County. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply by Monday, May 4, 2015.
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: MARCH
Latino Educational Attainment
Tuesday, March 12, 2015 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 I 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Economic Development-Cyber Security Task Force
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 I 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
The committee will kickoff the first Cybersecurity Taskforce meeting, which will then be held quarterly throughout 2015 in conjunction with Microsoft's Community Connections program, the taskforce will focus on educating business executives and information technology employees alike.
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.
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