The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                   Tuesday, November 1, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: ONTARIO AIRPORT OFFICIALLY UNDER LOCAL CONTROL
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) President and Ontario City Council Member Alan D. Wapner announced today that ownership of Ontario International Airport (ONT) has officially transferred from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA). The announcement comes after more than four years of collaboration between leaders across the L.A. region to transition the airport to local control. "This is an historic day for Southern California," said OCBC President & CEO Lucy Dunn, who serves as an ONT Airport Commissioner. "This transfer is a culmination of years of hard work and negotiations and we are excited to see the many economic and mobility improvements start to take shape as a result." The transfer became official after final approval and issuance of an Airport Operating Certificate earlier today by the Federal Aviation Administration and the nullification by the OIAA of $55.5 million in outstanding bonds issued by LAWA. The settlement included terms to allow the transfer of ownership of ONT to the OIAA subject to approvals by the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, Los Angeles City Council, Ontario City Council, the OIAA, and the Federal Aviation Administration. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
BE SURE TO VOTE! EARLY VOTING IN ORANGE COUNTY REACHES RECORD BREAKING NUMBERS
Early voting turnout has already broken records in Orange County, with vote-by-mail ballot tracking 2.68 percent higher compared to four years ago, according to a recent story in The Orange County Register. More than 261,000 mail-in ballots had been returned as of Monday morning, with 40 percent of those returned by Republicans and 32 percent returned by Democrats. Registered voters in California have reached an all-time high, and this increase in turnout could make a difference in competitive races for the Assembly, state Senate and Congress. If predictions of high voting turnout on Nov. 8 prove accurate, those who voted early will benefit from avoiding crowds. You can return your ballot via mail if it is postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the county elections office not later than 3 days after Election Day. Or, you can drop it off at any of these six early voting centers open through November 7For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 

With so much for voters to consider this election cycle, OCBC has vetted several ballot measures and created a simple voter guide to share official positions for this November. OCBC's 2016 voter guide may be used as a resource for those interested in supporting candidates and measures that promote economic prosperity and help business thrive, while avoiding those that don't. CLICK HERE for the 2016 OCBC Voter Guide and visit the OCBC website for updates. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OCBC LEADS DURING TRANSPO DISCUSSIONS AT OCT. 21 MOBILITY 21 CONFERENCE
OCBC's Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, and Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs, both participated in panel discussions during the Mobility 21 Conference on October 21 at Disneyland Hotel. With over 1,200 in attendance, the annual conference is the largest one-day transportation event in the state and focuses on bringing together leaders from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to address the challenges and opportunities facing Southern California's transportation infrastructure. Dunn serves as a California Transportation Commissioner, as well as Chair of Mobility 21. "Mobility 21's strength is in the organization's regional coordination and unified front on critical transportation policy issues," she said.  Dunn moderated the breakout session "Chairman's Roundtable: Balancing the Region, Delivering Promises," which focused on how regional transportation leaders are working to address a multitude of issues, from funding to environmental concerns. Starr was a panelist for "Insider's Look: California's 2017 Policy Impacts," which focused on what lies on the horizon regarding policies impacting technological advancements, such as self-driving cars and ride sharing, as well as traditional infrastructure funding sources. The discussion served as a stark reminder that if politicians in Sacramento will not come together to make a deal on transportation funding, the effects on the state's mobility will be devastating. While state officials wring their collective hands in Sacramento, local communities are taking the funding issue into their own hands. One-third of California's 58 counties will ask voters to approve a number of "self-help" transportation measures this November to fix potholes, improve freeways, and expand transit. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
MCKINSEY HOUSING REPORT: CA MUST BUILD 3.5 MILLION HOMES BY 2025
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In the new McKinsey Global Institute report "A Tool Kit to Fix California's Housing Gap: 3.5 million homes by 2025," researchers analyzed remedies to the state's chronic housing shortage and developed a toolkit focusing on ways cities, state authorities, private sector, and citizens can work together to unlock housing supply. By breaking up California into 34 separate housing markets and evaluating each market's affordability, researchers found 50 percent of the state's households cannot afford the cost of housing in their local market. Californians pay approximately $50 billion for housing each year more than they are able to afford, costing the state $140 billion in lost economic output, including lost construction investment as well as foregone consumption of goods and services. Researchers found the capacity to add five million homes in "housing hot spots," with more than a quarter million of these units able to be built on urban land that is already zoned for multifamily development and sitting vacant. Up to 3 million units could be built within a half-mile of a transit station, and more than 600,000 could be added by homeowners to existing single-family homes.  Barriers to building these homes could be overcome by public-private partnership innovations, ranging from changing the rules of home-building to incentivize local governments to accelerate the land-use approval process, to boosting construction productivity and deploying modular construction techniques. CLICK HERE for the report. For more information, contact Patty Conover, Communications and Marketing Manager. 
CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN IN 2017 ON LT PLATINUM CENTER NEAR ANGEL STADIUM 
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On October 19, The Anaheim City Council approved LT Global's $450 million development called LT Platinum Center near Angel Stadium. The mixed-use development plan includes a hotel, high-rise office buildings, stores, entertainment, apartments and condominiums near the city's Platinum Triangle Area. OCBC supports this development and weighed in on behalf of LT Global as they negotiated an agreement addressing concerns about game day traffic, parking and other issues. Construction on LT Platinum Center is slated to start next year, with completion in 2022. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
SANTA ANA RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF AMERICA'S 'GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS' 
Congratulations to Downtown Santa Ana on recently being named one of America's 'Great Neighborhoods' by the American Planning Association (APA). This is a distinction that the city now shares with some of the United States' most recognizable neighborhoods, including Chinatown in San Francisco and Back Bay in Boston. The city celebrated the award at a public event in Downtown on October 20 at the Spurgeon Promenade. Attendees were treated to tastings from local restaurants, as well as a screening of the documentary film "Urbanized" at the Frida Cinema. In addition to the great work to the Downtown area that was recognized by the APA, Santa Ana has also focused on increasing housing affordable to the workforce. Community Development Partners recently announced The Orchard, which is a project that will transform a blighted motel into a Permanent Supportive Housing project, making it the city's largest single investment in housing that addresses homelessness. CLICK HERE to learn more about The Orchard. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 
GET YOUR CYBERSECURITY TIP OF THE DAY HERE...
In today's world where virtually every electronic device can connect to the Internet, opportunities are nearly boundless for businesses to collaborate and connect, but this also means an increased vulnerability to new cyber threats.  As cybersecurity plays an increasingly crucial role in business, OCBC will incorporate a Cybersecurity Corner as a reminder of ways to improve online safety by providing a Cybersecurity Tip of the day.
 
Cybersecurity Tip #1: Think before you click. It sounds simple, but it is most important! Many corporate breaches are the result of users unknowingly compromising the network by clicking a link or document attachment embedded in the communication. If you don't know the sender of a message, DO NOT CLICK THE LINK. Apply this practice not only to email but also to all online accounts and communications platforms --personal and professional.
 
OCBC continues to be a resource for its members on best practices and information about the latest trends and measures regarding cybersecurity. On October 26, the Cybersecurity Task Force welcomed  Brian Leach, Principal, Blue Water Consulting Services, LLC; and Brian Berger, Executive Vice President, Cytellix  to discuss the current threat landscape, the different types of ransomware, how to protect against it,  and respond to an attack. Attendees discussed ways to keep a network safe while still conducting business, even if that means an extra phone call to check with a colleague to confirm communications. The speakers also discussed the upcoming November Election and different way the state and federal government were securing the election process. For more information about, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist.
WHO IS TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET? JOIN US FOR AWARDS & RECEPTION - NOV. 17
Don't miss this opportunity to help OCBC celebrate the government programs and agencies doing good work to remove barriers and promote economic development in their regions at the sixth Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards and Reception on Thursday, November 17. OCBC will present awards in various categories. Since its inception, the program has been replicated by other organizations throughout California and has been recognized by the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Sponsorships for the event are still available! For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 

Time: 5 p.m. Registration  I  5:30 p.m. Program  I  7:30 p.m. Adjourn
Location: The Center Club I  650 Town Center Dr. 92626
    
WALMART INVESTS BILLIONS, CONTINUES ITS COMMITMENT TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES 
 Last year, Walmart announced its initiative to invest $2.7 Billion into its associates including training, education and higher wages. After one year of putting these new policies into place, the company is getting the recognition it deserves, such as the recent New York Times article "How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More." Javier Angulo, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Walmart, serves as a Board Member to OCBC, who shared his enthusiasm and pride that many of the investments will benefit thousands of associates in LA and Orange counties. In addition to the people already working for Walmart, the retails chain will open a new location in Compton in early 2017, creating over 300 local jobs. The company announced last week that it pledged a $2 Million commitment to assist with relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. For more information, contact Natalie Rubalcava, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
MUSIC, COMEDY, A GOOD CAUSE: DON'T MISS GOODWILL OF OC'S LARGEST FUNDRAISER - NOV. 5
Join the Goodwill of Orange County for its 3rd Annual Gala November 5 at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel. Goodwill of OC is bringing an all-star lineup of musical entertainment for its largest fundraiser dedicated to helping people with barriers to finding employment and secure purpose-filling jobs. It will be hosted by John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier - the stars of Full House & Fuller House and will feature six musical acts. Last year's Gala raised more than $450,000 to further Goodwill's mission. Both the 2014 and 2015 Galas sold out quickly and Goodwill officials expect this year's event to be not exception. Table sponsorships start at $10,500. CLICK HERE for more information. 
  
OCBC, GO-BIZ TO HOST CALIFORNIA COMPETES TAX CREDIT WORKSHOPS IN OC 
Join OCBC and The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) on Wednesday December 14 in Fullerton  and Thursday, December 15 in Mission Viejo for two workshops on the California Competes Tax Credit.  Small, medium and large businesses are encouraged to attend the workshop and receive instruction on how to apply for this tax credit program available from the State. Learn how your business can apply for millions in available new tax credits. This fiscal year, GO-Biz allocated approximately $160 million to 259 companies that are projected to create over 20,000 jobs and make almost $3.2 billion in investments. The workshop and the program are both free and available to businesses of all sizes. For more information, contact Jocelin Jimenez, Economic Development Specialist. 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION OPEN FOR CA ECONOMIC SUMMIT - DEC. 13-14
The Fifth Annual California Economic Summit will bring together one of the state's largest networks of public-and-private-sector leaders committed to the triple bottom line of improving the workforce pipeline, increasing the supply of housing, and expanding regional water management in the state. The Summit has already made significant progress on each of these challenges this year, but there is much more to come.  Confirmed speakers at the two-day event include Janet Napolitano, University of California President; Timothy White, California State University Chancellor; and Eloy Oakley-Ortiz, California Community Colleges Incoming Chancellor. The event will take place December 13 to 14 at the Sacramento Convention Center. CLICK HERE to learn more and register today! 
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COMMUNITY EVENTS    
Export Compliance Training Program -October 5 to November 9
Register today for an Export Compliance Training six-week program from October 5 to November 9. You'll receive information on jurisdiction and classification, due diligence and documentation, and much more. The workshops are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Digital Media Center in Santa Ana. CLICK HERE for more information. 

Vendor Information Day - Thursday, November 3, 2016
On the first Thursday of each month, excluding holidays, the County of Orange hosts a monthly Vendor Information Day to provide info to an array of small business owners and entrepreneurs on how to do business with the County of Orange. The November 3 meeting will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at County Procurement Office at 1300 S. Grand Ave., Bldg. A 2nd Floor, Santa Ana. CLICK HERE for more info. 

House of Saud - Conversation with His Royal Highness  - Thursday, November 3
Join the World Affairs Council of Orange County for  "Saudi Arabia and its Role in the New Middle East" featuring HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at Pelican Hill. CLICK HERE for more about the event. CLICK HERE for a press release about his visit.

Understanding the New Industrial General Permit Breakfast Program - Thursday, November 10
Join Rutan & Tucker LLP for a presentation by SCS Engineers Dan Johnson and Cory Jones, QISPTOR and Rutan attorneys Morgan Wazlaw and Jeremy Jungrels to learn about how to navigate storm water compliance with the new industrial General Permit at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, November 10 at Rutan & Tucker, LLP. CLICK HERE for more info.

OC Forum presents Eleanor Clift - Wednesday, November 16
Join OC Forum for a luncheon program featuring Eleanor Clift, Political Reporter/Pundit-TV Commentator and Author at noon Wednesday, November 16 at The Pacific Club. Clift has covered every Presidential Election campaign since 1976, including this one! CLICK HERE for more information.
 
Southern California Economic Development Symposium - Thursday, November 17
Don't miss this opportunity to learn innovative tools and approaches for economic development. Join CALED and the Orange County Chapter for the Southern California Economic Development Symposium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 17, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Topics will vary from Financing to Economic Development challenges. CLICK HERE for more information and to register. CLICK HERE for an agenda.

OC Register's Top Workplace Awards - Thursday, December 8
The Orange County Register hosts its signature Top Workplaces Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the City National Grove of Anaheim. The reception celebrates Orange County companies that rank highest in employee surveys for "strength symbols" such as inspiring leaders, winning cultures and meaningful company missions. Jim Kouzes, bestselling author of "The Leadership Challenge" who speaks worldwide on principles of leadership at top-performing companies such as Google and Apple, is the evening's keynote. Tickets are $85 each or $800 for a table of 10, which includes a cocktail reception, networking, dinner, awards ceremony, and advance copy of the Top Workplaces publication that runs in the Register on Dec. 9. CLICK HERE for more information.
UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: NOVEMBER
POSTPONED: Economic Development 
Wednesday, November 9, 2016  

Workforce Development
Wednesday, November 16, 2016  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Community College Working Group
Wednesday, November 16, 2016  I  9:00 a.m. to 10:00 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 2016 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact Larry Brose, Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development. 
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