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Tuesday, March 29, 2011  
DUNN & DONE: CAN YOU SEE CLEARLY NOW?

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I serve on a local business advisory committee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District-folks charged with clearing the air for better health and visibility.

They've done a good job over the last 40 years. The air quality of Southern California has gotten much better even with major population growth and economic development.

But there is always one more rule to impose, one more particulate to regulate, one more greenhouse gas to consider-it's government's job to do that-and one more business fails to grow or simply folds under the weight and cost of compliance. CLICK HERE to read more.

2011 COMMUNITY INDICATORS REPORT RELEASED: RECOVERY ON THE HORIZON 

On March 31 the acclaimed 2011 Orange County Community Indicators Report will be released at the OC Forum Community Indicators Reportluncheon titled, "2011 Outlook: The Road to Recovery and Reform," featuring panelists Curt Pringle, Lucy Dunn, Steve PonTell, and moderator Rick Reiff. You can access the report online today, at www.ocbc.org/research. Highlights of the report include:

  • Orange County is now the sixth largest county in the nation, with a population of 3,166,461.
  • OC's unemployment rate remains below state and national averages at 8.9%.
  • The County of Orange receives substantially fewer property tax dollars (13%) than peers like San Francisco County (71%) and L.A. County (24%).

CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Research and Communications.

BUDGET, BUDGET, WHO'S GOT THE BUDGET? 

Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones reminds us, "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you caflagjust might find, you get what you need."  

 

That's the tune Governor Jerry Brown is singing to both Democrat and Republican state Legislators as he tries to close a $26.6 billion hole in our state budget.  

 

Painful cuts that impact our most vulnerable populations. Temporary tax extensions reviled by many. Almost nothing is sacred. Nothing is spared. CLICK HERE to read more. 

OC'S VOICE HEARD AROUND THE CAPITOL WHEN OCBC GOES TO WASHINGTON!
Led by Chairman Eddie Northen of UPS, OCBC held up its annual "One Voice, Two Capitols" advocacy trip to DCWashington D.C. March 14 - 16 with a delegation of twenty business and community leaders. OCBC met with a number of elected and public officials, including Dr. Jim Baumgardner with the Congressional Budget Office, John Porcari, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Congressman Ed Royce, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, lead staffers for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, and Bill Shuster (R-PA), the ranking Republican member on the Transportation and Infrastructure's Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Material. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

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CELEBRATE MEASURE M1 SUCCESS WITH US MARCH 31!

Join OCBC-OCMoves, Mobility 21 and WTS at a reception celebrating 20 years of OCTA  transportation projects and accomplishments resulting from Measure M1.   

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Date:            Thursday, March 31, 2011

Place:           6ix Park Grill, Hyatt Regency Irvine

Reception:    5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost:            $20 per person, includes parking, hosted bar and light refreshments

CLICK HERE to view the flier. CLICK HERE to register.

 

Thank you to our Partners: AECOM, Ch2MHill, Group Delta Consultants, Inc., HDR, HNTB, Jacobs, Moffat Nichol, Overland, Pacific & Cutler, Inc., Parson Brinckerhoff, Psomas, Smith, Watts & Martinez, Stantec, URS; and Supporters: Automobile Club of Southern California, Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc., BonTerra Consulting, Chambers Group, Inc., David Evans and Associates, Inc., Earth Mechanics, Inc., Epic Land Solutions, Inc., Furgo, Hill International, J.L. Patterson & Associates, Inc., Kimley Horn, LSA Associates, Inc., RBF Consulting, TranSystems, Twining, Inc.

"CAREERS BY CHOICE, NOT CHANCE" GIVE STUDENTS A HEAD START

At last week's Workforce Development Committee meeting Kathy Johnson from Vital Link and Morgan Empey from computerCisco Information Systems updated the committee on the role technology is playing in student's education and career selection. Vital Link emphasizes to students, "Careers by Choice, Not Chance," and provides students with career exploration opportunities, with the goal of helping students realize their passion and how it can translate into a career. Through their student career exploration programs and mobile career exhibits, Vital Link is reaching thousands of students in Orange County and helping them to develop a meaningful career path. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.   

CALIFORNIA SUPERINTENDENT MAKES S.T.E.M. A PRIORITY 

On March 24 California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson spoke to OCBC about the state of

Tom Torlaksoneducation and received input from those in attendance regarding Orange County's educational needs. Mr. Torlakson believes that the public will vote for the Governor's tax extensions that will appear on the June ballot. But the Superintendent reiterated that he was interested in listening to and engaging with business on new and innovative ideas that will bring California further along in the digital age. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.

REGISTER TODAY FOR OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS!

3rd Annual Tribute & Roast of Supervisor Bill Campbell - Thursday, April 21 - The Disneyland Hotel

CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE  for sponsorship information.

 

"One Voice, Two Capitols" Advocacy Trip to Sacramento - May 10 - 11

CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE for sponsorship information.

 

Latino Educational Attainment Annual Reception - Thursday, June 2 - The Discovery Science Center

SAVE THE DATE! CLICK HERE for more information about the Latino Educational Attainment initiative.

 

Executive Invitational Golf Tournament - Thursday, July 28 - Monarch Beach Golf Links, Dana Point 

CLICK HERE to register. CLICK HERE for sponsorship information.

 

For more information about any of OCBC's upcoming events please contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager at ldods@ocbc.org or 949.794.7241. A complete calendar of events can be viewed at www.ocbc.org. 

OCBC VISITS CHINA TO EXPLORE INTERNATIONAL POSSIBILITIES 

Xīn Nin Kui L --- Happy New Year! It's the year of the rabbit symbolizing happiness and good fortune. Celeste chinese rabbitSignorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development recently joined a delegation of American Chamber of Commerce Executives on a trip to China which included meetings with Chinese government officials and business leaders in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou.

Many of Orange County's companies are actively doing business with China --- Abbott has a highly visible building on the Bund in Shanghai for health care products; The Walt Disney Company operates Disney English language learning centers in Beijing; and there is even an Orange County, China - Ju Jun - a 143-unit upscale, American-style housing development one hour north of Beijing designed by a Newport Beach architect, Aram Bassenian. As part of OCBC's Economic Development initiative, OCBC is planning to take a delegation in Fall 2011 to enhance Orange County's visibility and relationships. For more information, please contact Celeste Signorino.

NEW OCBC WEBSITE PROVIDES EXCLUSIVE MEMBER ACCESS - REGISTER TODAY! 

Orange County Business Council has entered the new digital world of Web 2.0 with our brand new website! OCBC Online Registrationmembers must sign up to receive a user name and password in order to register for events and committee meetings. You can do so by clicking HERE.

Like the look and feel of the website? Sinan Kanatsiz and his team at KCOMM are the masterminds behind the website design. Visit KCOMM's website to see how they can take your business to the next level! For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

OCBC WELCOMES FIVE NEW MEMBERS 

Cordoba Corporation is a civil engineering, construction management, program management, and planning firm OCBC Logo - updated 2011specializing in education, transportation, and water.  

 

Hewlett Packard is a technology company that explores how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their possibilities, aspirations and dreams.

 

Hill International provides expert project management and construction claims services to companies worldwide.  

 

Orange County Great Park Corporation is a non-profit organization charged with the design, construction, and maintenance of the Orange County Great Park.

 

Pretend City Children's Museum is a 28,000 square foot museum designed as an interconnected city where families, educators, and community agencies come together to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed for a productive and fulfilling future.

 

To learn about the benefits of becoming an OCBC member, contact Celeste Signorino, Vice President of Investor Relations and Business Development.  

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN - THE BOEING COMPANY FOCUSES ON SUSTAINABILITY

The Boeing Company is developing innovative solutions to help address the global issues of pollution and climate Boeingchange. In 2010, Boeing employees will lead more than 400 workshops educating suppliers about ways to reduce emissions and cut back on the amount of materials sent to landfills. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

COUNTY OF ORANGE OFFERS BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY 

Did you know that Orange County elections are the second largest single day events in California? The Orange County of Orange LogoCounty Registrar of Voters provides businesses with election partnership opportunities that help you strengthen your ties to the community. Providing poll workers or offering your facilities for a poll site are just two of the ways to participate. Your business can experience this unique opportunity for free. Benefits include the use of the County logo to advertise your community engagement, being featured on the Registrar of Voters website and being part of a program with a track record of obtaining positive media attention during major elections. For more information about the benefits of election partnerships, visit www.ocvote.com/sponsorship.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

More great apps this week from the staff at OCBC:
Color: Anyone within 150 feet using the Color app can see the pictures you are taking.
Dictionary.com: Look up the meaning of words or use the handy Thesaurus. No internet connection is needed!
Kindle: This app allows for the user to read Kindle books on a beautiful interface.
iMovie: Designed for iPad, iPhone4 or iPod touch, you can make HD movies using this app.
Uno: In celebration of Uno's 40th Anniversary, you can buy this app for $0.99 for just a little longer. Have fun!

Know of an app that should be featured in the E-Indicator? Send us an email. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.  

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS 
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: APRIL

Infrastructure Committee 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 |  7:30 - 9:00 AM

Latino Educational Attainment Committee 

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Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee

Friday, April 15, 2011 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Workforce Development Committee 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 |  7:30 - 9:00 AM

Workforce Housing Committee

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 |  9:00 - 10:30 AM

Community College Working Group Committee

Thursday, April 28, 2011 | 3:00 - 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.


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/enroll or call (800) 325-7000. Use promo code PAC376 to enroll.

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
2011 NFIB/California Day at the Capitol - Tuesday, March 29 - Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Attendees will have a chance to hear and be heard from such opinion leaders as Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, NFIB President & CEO Dan Danner, and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway. The event is free for NFIB/CA members and $50 for non-members. For more information contact Lauren Zahedani at 916.448.9904.

2011 Outlook: The Road to Recovery and Reform - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Join OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn for the March 31 OC Forum Luncheon, where the topic will be, "2011 Outlook: The Road to Recovery and Reform." Other panelists include Steve PonTell, President of the La Jolla Institute, Curt Pringle, Chairman of the Orange County Taxpayers Association, and moderator Rick Reiff, Host of "Inside OC." The forum will also feature the release of the 2011 Community Indicators Report. For more information visit www.ocforum.org.

Launch a Creative Revolution - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

During the Annual Creative Edge Lecture, guest speaker Sir Ken Robinson will focus on the vital questions: Why is it essential to promote creativity? Why do so many adults think they're not creative? Can creativity be developed? Sir Ken Robinson urges leaders, managers and educators to upend the status quo and launch a creative revolution to reap the rewards. For registration information, visit  www.scfta.org.

CALGreen: What You Need to Know to Comply - Thursday, April 7, 2011
Green Technology's CALGreen training, developed in partnership with the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development, has proven the most popular and effective introduction to the new mandatory building code. Seminars now include a comparison of CALGreen to LEED and GreenPoint Rated. As well, a panel of local jurisdiction building officials will be on hand to answer questions as to the new code's enforcement. For more information visit www.rsvpbook.com.

Business Advisory Meeting - Friday, April 8, 2011
Senator Bob Huff invites you to a community discussion for understanding the impacts of state legislation on California's businesses. Attendees will receive a legislative update and have an opportunity to discuss legislative proposals along with impacts of the state budget. For more information, contact the district office at 909.598.3981 or email leia.hernandez@sen.ca.gov.

Stress and the Bottom Line: Lessons for Leaders - Friday, April 8, 2011
The Center for Leadership at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is hosting its 2nd annual leadership conference on Friday, April 8. This conference brings together leadership experts and executives who will share their insights on how leaders can create optimal levels of stress to promote employee well-being and bottom line performance. For conference details and registration information visit: www.Fullerton.edu/leadershipcenter

OCC Job and Internship Fair - Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Orange County College invites you to attend a job and internship fair on Tuesday, April 12 from 10am - 2pm. The annual event brings together a wide variety of companies with Orange Coast College students, alumni and community members. For more information visit www.collegecentral.com/occjobfair.

One OC 35th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon - Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards provides nonprofit and public organizations the opportunity to recognize individuals and groups for outstanding and innovative volunteer service to Orange County. Nominate up to three deserving businesses. Nominations are due by January 3, 2011. For more information visit www.oneoc.org.

 

The 2011 Insurance Forum: Shaping Our Future - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

the Center for Insurance Studies at Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation invite you to attend the 2011 Insurance Forum where industry leaders and state government officials will discuss topics related to shaping the future of our industry. For more information call 925.280.8009 or visit www.iicf.org.  

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