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The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, May 2 , 2017
BREAKING NEWS: OCBC IN WASHINGTON D.C. ADVOCATING FOR OC PRIORITIES
OCBC is currently in Washington D.C. for the second part of its One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips, over 30 public and private Orange County leaders advocate for the Orange County economy and business community at the federal level. The trip began with a policy briefing from John Russell IV, Dentons Public Policy and Regulation Practice, who gave attendees an overview on the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, as well as predictions for what is next. Russell discussed that while the President doesn't have a strong political background, there is an encouraging sentiment in D.C. that he does seem focused on making deals on important issues, especially in international relations. On Capitol Hill, OCBC spent the morning meeting with the office of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker who serves on the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. The conversation focused on the need for funding transportation and energy infrastructure. Representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined the delegation for lunch to discuss critical federal business issues, such as the Regulatory Accountability Act, the oil export market and health care reform. OCBC meets with legislators today and tomorrow, including South Dakota Senator John Thume; California Congressmen Correa, Rohrabacher, Royce, Lowenthal; and Senators Harris and Feinstein. OCBC will continue focusing on the critical issues for California, such as investment in water infrastructure projects in California. For more information on federal issues, CLICK HERE for the policy guide. For more information, Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.
FEDERAL UPDATE: SHUTDOWN AVOIDED; TRUMP REACHES 100 DAYS; HEALTH CARE REFORM
With a few hours left, a government shutdown was avoided with Congress passing a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open for another week. House members voted 382-30 to approve the temporary measure, extending the deadline out to May 5 to reach a compromise on legislation to fund the government through Sept. 30.  Had the government shutdown, it would have begun on Saturday - which also marked an end to the President's first 100 days in office. Still no progress on healthcare reform, banking reform, tax reform or infrastructure funding - but lots of talk. For more information, Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.
OCBC SUPPORTS U.S CHAMBER IN EFFORTS TO ADVANCE HEALTH CARE REFORM
The following is a transcript of a recent radio spot from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urging Congress to continue their work toward meaningful health care reform. OCBC will continue working with the Chamber to advance these efforts. "Under Obamacare, American workers and businesses have been suffering under the weight of unaffordable costs and onerous requirements that threaten job creation and national growth. Obamacare's taxes and mandates have driven rates sky high, and employers and individuals need relief before several of the taxes increase again and drive premiums even higher. U.S. Chamber of Commerce remains committed to meaningful health care reforms that would protect the employer-sponsored health care system, ease the burden on individuals and businesses, spur economic growth, and foster more opportunity for all Americans. The U.S Chamber's Katie Mahoney: 
'We need to restore choice, flexibility and innovation to our country's health insurance markets.
The business community stands ready to work with Congress and the administration to advance further health reform legislation and implement solutions.' The clock is ticking, and it's imperative that lawmakers quickly work together to pass health care reform." CLICK HERE to tell Congress to fix the system.  
AT&T AWARDS $20,000 GRANT AT OCBC'S LATINO EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT RECEPTION 
AT&T awarded a $20,000 grant to Discovery Cube Orange County during the 9th Annual Latino Educational Attainment (LEA) Reception April 27. The grant is in recognition of the great work Discovery Cube OC have done over the years in supporting the LEA program and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum. The grant funds transportation and entry to the facility for 700 students from Garden Grove Unified School District, where the LEA program is fully implemented. For the past 13 years, LEA has unified communities, students and parents to produce a highly skilled workforce for Orange County, utilizing the 10 Educational Commandments that guide immigrant parents on how to advocate for and support their children's education. The Sixth Commandment: "Support the learning of Mathematics, Science and English," encourages parents to "Do science projects early," which is a concept that pairs perfectly with Discovery Cube Orange County's "STEM Proficiency Initiative." For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BRYAN STARR, NEW CEO AT THE IRVINE CHAMBER
It is bittersweet for us to announce that Bryan Starr, OCBC's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, is leaving after five productive years and a great track record of success in government affairs.  However, we do not lose his expertise completely as he will take the helm of The Greater Irvine Chamber as its new CEO effective May 22.  The chamber has been a valued member of OCBC and partner on many initiatives so I'm sure we will continue great work together under Bryan's leadership.  On behalf of the entire board and membership of OCBC, we wish Bryan the best of luck on his new adventure.  We are now searching for a talented professional to fill the position and continue OCBC's great tradition.  For more information, contact Lucy Dunn, President and CEO.
OC REGISTER: WESTERN DIGITAL MOVES HEADQUARTERS TO SAN JOSE
Western Digital, the world's largest disk drive maker with annual revenues of $13 billion, has moved its headquarters to San Jose from Irvine. The tech firm, which was founded in 1970 in Santa Ana, relocated to its existing Great Oaks campus in San Jose. "The company's Irvine operations will continue to be an important part of our ongoing business, and Western Digital remains one of the largest technology companies and community leaders in Orange County," the company said in a statement. According to the Orange County Business Council, the company has 1,400 employees in Irvine, its headquarters since 2010, and 200 in Santa Ana. "They changed the designation of headquarters from Irvine to San Jose but they didn't move the company. A lot of operations are still here," said Lucy Dunn, president and chief executive of the Orange County Business Council. Irvine will remain the main location for business management, engineering and functional support teams. The Enterprise SSD team, which was previously in Santa Ana, and other client devices teams are moving to Irvine. CLICK HERE to read more.
COX COMMUNICATIONS HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL 'SHARK TANK' STYLE EVENT IN OC, AWARDS $10,000
Cox Communications held the 4th Annual Get Started OC event in Orange County last week where six startups pitched their business to a distinguished panel comprised of venture capitalists, incubators accelerators and business experts in a "shark tank" style event. OCBC Board Member Jodi Duva, Vice President of Cox Communications Orange County, served as an emcee. The panel provided insight, feedback and advice. Congrats to the winner, Synova Life Sciences, received $10,000 in prizes including a Cox Business technology package. The startup provides the world's first fully automated mechanical stem cell process for fat obtained from mini-liposuction. The Synova┬« Process turns your fat into a rich source of stem cells, which may be used in Stem Cell Therapy. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
OCBC MOURNS THE PASSING OF CSUF'S MILTON GORDON--EXTRAORDINARY LEADER
Cal State University Fullerton lost their finest Titan when Dr. Milton Gordon passed away yesterday April 18, just shy of his 82nd birthday. He was an active, well-regarded member of OCBC's board of directors for many years, dedicated to Education and Workforce Development efforts, and a tireless advocate of equal opportunity for students across the region. His leadership was incomparable. And how he loved the CSUF music programs! Always a TITAN! Dr. Gordon's legacy lives on in all of us, through his accomplishments at the university, both as a president and professor of mathematics, as well as our continuing efforts in education at OCBC. Deepest condolences to his family and our CSUF community. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Milton's family asks that donations be made in his honor to the "President Emeritus Milton A. Gordon Memorial Fund" HERE. Titans reach higher! For more information, contact Patty Conover, Communications Director. 
GOV. BROWN SIGNS LANDMARK TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PACKAGE
On Friday, Gov. Brown signed SB 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, which is a landmark transportation funding package.  SB1 will help to reduce the backlog of infrastructure projects in California with $52.4 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California and put more dollars toward transit and safety. The package will cost most drivers less than $10 a month and includes strict accountability provisions to ensure the California Transportation Commission, on which OCBC's own Lucy Dunn serves, to ensure the funds can only be spent on transportation.  CLICK HERE for more on the package. OCBC worked diligently during the negotiations for this critical piece of legislation to ensure taxpayer dollars were spent wisely. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs.  
CA MAKES MODEST EMPLOYMENT GAINS IN MARCH
California added 19,300 jobs in March, dropping the state's unemployment rate to 4.9 percent - the first time it's been below 5 percent since December 2006. These gains are mostly due to the construction industry. However, high paying jobs in the information sector fell by 9,400 jobs last month. While it is slow growth, California continues to outpace the country with a 2.1 percent year-over-year employment growth, compared to the overall U.S. growth at 1.5 percent. While Orange County gained 4,800 jobs over the last month, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 but below the year-ago rate of 4.2 percent. Leisure and hospitality posted the largest employment increase with the addition of 2,700 jobs, construction added 2,200 jobs, and healthcare added 1,000 jobs. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor to OCBC. 
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO. REPORT HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY 
In a report released April 26, JPMorgan Chase outlined the vision of its corporate responsibility, underpinning its conviction that the private sector has a responsibility and vested interest in helping solve pressing societal challenges. JPMorgan Chase recognizes that its success is directly linked to the success of the communities where it operates, so it's vital the firm does not outgrow the places where it operates. To achieve this mission, JPMorgan Chase reimagined its approach to corporate responsibility - leveraging its core business, delivering data and analysis, providing skills and expertise, fostering collaboration, building capacity, and investing philanthropic capital - to focus on four key drivers of inclusive growth: financial health, jobs and skills training, neighborhood revitalization and small business expansion. CLICK HERE to read the report. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
LUCY DUNN AS PANELIST AT OC FORUM'S COMMUNITY INDICATOR EVENT
Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, will join Steve PonTell, La Jolla Institute and Randy Barth, THINK Together, for a panel discussion at the May 11 OC Forum Luncheon "Release of the 2017 Orange County Community Indicators Report." Business Editor Samantha Gowen, The Orange County Register, will moderate the panel discussion, which will focus on Orange County's economic outlook, housing affordability, job growth, workforce issues, and children's health issues. This is a well-attended event, chock full of info to help your business thrive in a new economy.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the event and to register. For more info, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications, at pconover@ocbc.org.
SADDLEBACK COLLEGE RECEIVES $2 MILLION STATE INNOVATION AWARD TO ASSIST VETERANS
OCBC congratulates Saddleback College on their award of $2 million under the Awards for Innovation in Higher Education program for the college's Pathway to Completion - Veteran Articulation Track (V-CAT) initiative from the California Department of Finance. The state awards recognize innovations in California's colleges that help reduce the time it takes students to complete degrees and credentials and/or make college more affordable. Currently, student veterans can only receive a few elective credits towards a degree, regardless of their technical and advanced training completed while on active duty, extending the time it takes to complete a degree much longer than the 36 months of education benefits included in the federal GI Bill. The college's multi-year V-CAT initiative reduces the time for student veterans to complete degrees and certificates based on their demonstration of knowledge and competencies, including skills acquired through military training, and appropriate prior experiences. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development. 
IMRI CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF BUSINESS EXCELLENCE
Founded in 1992, IMRI successfully delivers more than $170 million in information technology services to its clients. The company is an industry leader in cybersecurity, technology, program management, and engineering services for government organizations and commercial enterprises. Working with some of the largest organizations and networks in the world, IMRI operates in 19 states, providing its clients a critical combination of corporate experience, localized expertise and proves methodologies and tools that integrate seamlessly into any enterprise. Under Martha Daniel, Founder, President and CEO, IMRI translates business needs into leading edge technology solutions that help protect customers in both the private and public sectors. Daniel is Co-Chair of the OCBC Cybersecurity Taskforce and a critical leader in advising OCBC's initiatives.  For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
OCBC AND GO-BIZ COMMEMORATE NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS MONTH
Join OCBC and The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) in celebrating National Small Business month. Since 2013, California Governor, Jerry Brown has declared the month of May as California Small Business Month and entrepreneurs of the state. Small businesses are critical to the economic vitality and growth of Orange County.  OCBC will celebrate and support the business community with a series of webinars that will provide information on resources and programs available to business owners across the state. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist.
MILLENNIAL ABOUT TOWN: ANAHEIM GARDEN WALK 
"Millennial About Town!" is a new feature to the OCBC Indicator chronicling the great entertainment, arts, and culture found right here in Orange County as covered by me, your "Millennial About Town!" Patty Conover. Got suggestions for me? Send them to Patty Conover. When a friend of mine suggested I take a tour of the Anaheim Garden Walk and feature the location in Millennial About Town, my first reaction was "Umm, why would I review a shopping mall?" Thankfully, I took his advice anyway and set up a time to peruse this corner of Orange County at Katella and Disney Way in Anaheim. Anaheim Garden Walk might have once been touristy outdoor shopping mall, but has lately undergone major renovations. These days, local artists showcase interactive community art projects along the walk ways, and the shop owners and store fronts are far from your typical shopping mall tenants. First off, I didn't know about all of the nightlife! Anaheim House of Blues moved there several months ago from Downtown Disney, and the new bar and concert venue is HUGE. AGW also features two nightclubs - Heat and Rumba Room , as well as Bowlmor Lanes. If you're looking for a Monday night happy hour, USA Today's #1 choice - McCormick & Schmick's - also lives here. I'll be back to Anaheim Garden Walk soon as I hear Grasslands Meat Market, a trendy BBQ spot serving up hand-shaken cocktails - is coming soon. I'll keep you posted! For more info, contact Patty Conover, Director of Communications.
CYBERSECURITY CORNER: TOOLS FOR SAFEGUARDING LAPTOPS
With an increase in cyber-attacks, portable devices, such as laptops, attract criminals. Thankfully, tools to safeguard these devices have come a long way in recent years. With the proper software installed, stolen laptops connected to the Internet can be tracked to a physical location. Other software gives remote access for computer security with the ability to erase files or send them to a secure data center for recovery via the Web. The Cybersecurity Task Force suggests encrypting files on your hard drive, as well as any sensitive files on any portable storage devices including USB flash drives and portable hard drives. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
CIVIC 50 LAUNCED IN ORANGE COUNTY
Since 2012, The Civic 50, an initiative of Points of Light, has recognized the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey developed by True Impact. For the first time in a local market, the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ) presents the Civic 50 Orange County in partnership with OneOC. Honorees will be determined using True Impact's adapted national Civic 50 online survey that is independently administered and scored. The number of employees in a company constitutes the scoring and awards categories (small 15-99, mid-size 100-499 and large 500+). CLICK HERE to participate and complete the survey. Join OCBJ for the Civic 50 Orange County Awards Luncheon on October 19, 2017 at Hotel Irvine. Winners will be recognized in the OCBJ's Civic 50 list October 23, 2017. For more information call OneOC's Civic 50 Orange County survey help line at (714) 953-5757, extension 121 or send an email.
HUMAN RESOURCES WORKSHOP: BEST PRACTICES - MAY 2, 2017
Join the Greater Irvine Chamber and Orange County Business Council for the Human Resources Workshop: Best Practices! On May 2, 2017. The workshop will discuss Human Resource management as it is a vital part of any organization and will provide insight on recruiting and retaining talent; managing employee relations & issues; staff development and engagement; 10 ways to get sued by your employee; and policy changes with the new administration. The workshop includes breakfast.
WHEN: May 2, 2017 TIME: 7:30 to 10 a.m.  WHERE: Greater Irvine Chamber    
SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - SEPT. 19
You won't want to miss OCBC's Annual Executive Invitational Golf Tournament, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. This is OC's premier golf event featuring high-level networking with top executives from Orange County's leading businesses. Sign up today to become a sponsor and take advantage of this opportunity to market your brand as a top company in OC. For more information, contact  Pamela Chamberlain, Interim Events Specialist.  WHEN: September 19, 2017 WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links  
 
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
POLITICAL CORNER
Political corner events are for information purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC. 
Cinco De Mayo Celebration honoring Congressman Lou Correa - Friday, May 5
You are invited to the home of Ruben Smith in Santa Ana for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 5 to honor Congressman Lou Correa. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Don't miss Keynote Speaker and Baroness Thatcher Liberty Award Recipient Rudy Giuliani Saturday, May 20 at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel. CLICK HERE for more info.
COMMUNITY EVENTS    
BILD Spring Seminar - Thursday, May 11
Join BILD Foundation for the Spring Seminar Thursday, May 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The seminar will discuss how court cases affected affordable/workforce housing, how lawyers can help, and much more. For more info, CLICK HERE.

Conference on Business & Ethics: A Forum for Responsible Leaders - Friday, May 12
Join the Orange County Catholic Foundation for the 15th Annual Conference 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 12, 2017 at the Hilton Anaheim featuring keynote Patricia Heaton. Sponsorship opportunities are available. CLICK HERE to learn more. 

Voice for Girls 2017 - Friday, May 12
Join Girl Scouts of Orange County for the sixth annual forum for business and community leaders, hosted by Girl Scouts of Orange County and sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management. The forum addresses the challenges facing girls and rally the community's support in encouraging female leaders of tomorrow. The event takes place from 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Newport Beach Country Club. CLICK HERE for more info.  

Mobility 21 Summit - Friday, September 29
Early bird registration is open for the Mobility 21 Summit at Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim. Attendees meet the transportation industry decision-makers from across Southern California and network with over 1,200 attendees. CLICK HERE for more information. 
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: MAY
Latino Educational Attainment
Friday, May 12, 2017  I  9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, May 17, 2017  I  9 to 10 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 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact  Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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