The Leading Voice of Business in Orange County                                                                                      Tuesday, July 15, 2014
CONGRESS STUCK IN "MY WAY, OR NO HIGHWAY" MENTALITY--THOUSANDS OF JOBS AT STAKE

With just 15 days remaining until the Federal Highway Trust Fund runs out of money, Congress is scrambling to come up with a solution. The good news, all sides of the argument want to restore the fund's resources and prevent a major economic disaster which would touch every state. The bad news is that lawmakers have disagreed with nearly every solution presented; creating a gridlock that, if not solved, would impact hundreds of thousands of jobs, and halt or stop more than 100,000 highway and transit projects. In California alone, more than 73,000 jobs and 5,600 active projects will be in jeopardy if Congress fails to act.

 

Today, the House of Representatives passed a short-term funding patch, which provides $10.8 billion through extending customs fees on importers that otherwise will expire, taking money from a separate trust fund, and changing rules on private pension contributions. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill next week; while also drafting separate, though similar, legislation that provides the same funding but trims back on the pension provision with measures intended to force better compliance with existing tax law. OCBC is at the forefront of advocacy on the Highway Trust Fund issue having met with the speaker's office and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee technical staff to advocate for a solution that will not leave the county and nation's roads unfunded. Contact your legislators today to urge them to come to the table and find a solutionCLICK HERE to find your representative (enter zip code in top right corner), and HERE for the Senate. CLICK HERE for an interactive map from the White House campaign to see affected projects in your neighborhood. For more information contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 

ALMOST SOLD OUT! OCBC'S ALL-INCLUSIVE EXECUTIVE INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT - JULY 24
OCBC's 2014 Executive Invitational Golf Tournament is next week!
Fewer players, faster play, all-inclusive packages, excellent networking, don't miss out!
 
The all-day event, presented by Kaiser Permanente, will take place Thursday, July 24 at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point. Join the county's top executives for the premier networking event of the season! To enhance the players' experience, there will now be fewer golfers on the course and no buy-in holes for faster play times than previous years. The tournament will feature a hole-in-one contest, putting contest, opportunity drawings, horse race classic, and a driving range! Sponsorship opportunities are available to those companies interested in marketing their brand to Orange County's business leaders!

 

WHEN: Thursday, July 24, 2014  I  12 p.m. Shotgun Scramble

WHERE: Monarch Beach Golf Links

COST: Corporate Foursome: $2,200  I  Individual OCBC Member: $550  I  Individual Non-member: $650 

  

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

OCBC COMMENDS LEGISLATURE AND GO-BIZ WITH PASSAGE OF AB 2389

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Orange County Business Council commends the California Legislature's approval of Assembly Bill 2389, granting $420 million in tax credits over 15 years for the aerospace industry. More than 6,000 jobs are expected to be created from this bill, helping to boost jobs in one of the state's major industries. "This measure speaks volumes to the state's commitment to creating and securing much needed, high-skill and high-wage jobs," said Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC. "The aerospace industry has deep roots in California--and at a time when defense spending is declining--this bill is the assurance the state needs to keep thousands of jobs in the industry's historic home." Candidly, OCBC would like to see even more of these measures applied to a broad swath of industry sectors. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs. 
OC RANKS TOP 20 IN NATION FOR POST-RECESSION RECOVERY
As part of Area Development Magazine's annual Leading Locations study, Orange County ranked #19 in the nation out of 379 metropolitan areas when it comes to regions emerging as front-runners in the post-recession era of economic development possibilities. The top metropolitan areas on the list demonstrate that a variety of strong individual drivers, or a combination of many factors, can move a metropolitan area's attractiveness as a business site into the foreground. Orange County's top twenty ranking marks a dramatic leap from 2013 when it was ranked #117 in the country. CLICK HERE to read more. CLICK HERE for the entire list. To learn more about what makes Orange County a great place to do business, visit LocationOC.com. For more information, contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President, Economic Development. 
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE? TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET--NOMINATE A PROGRAM TODAY!

DID JUNE'S PRIMARY ELECTION REALLY MATTER? HOW WILL IT IMPACT THE NOVEMBER GENERAL?

These are just a couple of the questions to be addressed during the next meeting of the South Orange County Economic Coalition Friday, July 25. This important and timely panel discussion recapping and analyzing last month's Primary Election will feature: Carolyn Cavecche, Orange County Taxpayers' Association (OCTax); Bryan Starr, Orange County Business Council (OCBC); Mike Balsamo, Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIAOC). The meeting takes place on Friday, July 25th from 7:30 to 9:00 am at OCAR (25552 La Paz Rd., Laguna Hills). CLICK HERE to register. For more information, contact Bryan Starr, Sr. Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy. 

DON'T MISS OCBC'S NEXT CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST WITH PARKER KENNEDY - AUG. 5

Join OCBC for the next Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Tuesday, August 5, 2014 where Tom Phelps, Chair, OCBC CEO Leadership Caucus, will interview Parker Kennedy, Chairman of First American Financial Corporation, a Fortune 500 company with revenues exceeding $8 billion annually. In 2003, he was recognized as one of America's top chief executives on Forbes Magazine's prestigious list of "Best-Performing Bosses." Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from one of OC's leading executives! Thank you to generous sponsors AT&T and Wells Fargo. 

 

WHEN: Tuesday, August 5, 2014  I  7:15 a.m. Registration  I  8 a.m. Program and Breakfast  I  9 a.m. Adjourn

WHERE: The Center Club  I  650 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa

COST: $85 Member I  $145 Non-member  I  $175 CLB Series (2 events)

    

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

10 YEARS IN THE MAKING FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LEGISLATION--FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT 

Legislation to update the Workforce Investment Act, overdue for reauthorization for more than a decade, is headed to the president's desk following overwhelming bipartisan support from both houses of Congress. OCBC continues to work with the National Metropolitan Business Alliance to advocate for The Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) as it aims to modernize and improve existing federal workforce development programs that are severely outdated. The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 established a nationwide network of "one-stop" employment and training centers, including Orange County's Workforce Investment Board, which provides local training programs specific to the county's labor market and emerging industries' workforce needs. Over the last decade however, the workforce has changed due to the emergence of new high-tech industries and the Great Recession, and post-recession recovery--making many of these programs obsolete, ineffective and unable to adapt to the changing workforce landscape. The passage of WIOA is critical to the efficiency of these centers as it streamlines and eliminates obsolete programs, allows for more local flexibility to adapt to the region's current needs and demands, ensures a voice for local businesses, establishes better performance metrics and evaluation systems, and aligns federal, state and local programs to achieve one mission-get American's back to work. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President, Workforce Development and Advocacy. 
CONGRATULATIONS OCBC MEMBER UNION BANK ON 150 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE!
Union Bank celebrates its 150th anniversary this year continuing to uphold its legacy of outstanding service to the community as the second largest bank in the U.S. The company was founded as The Bank of California on July 5, 1864, by financier William Chapman Ralston and was the West's first incorporated commercial bank. It financed many aspects of the mining industry through California's Gold Rush years and handled more gold bullion than any other private institution in the U.S. Ralston leveraged the institution's capital to fund key infrastructure in the West, including the Transcontinental Railway, the first irrigation systems in the San Joaquin Valley, Hunters Point shipyard, and San Francisco's cable cars, as well as the wine industry. The bank served as a key player in the region's tremendous growth during the latter portion of the 19th century and the early 20th century. "Union Bank has believed in the power of responsible banking to build communities since the day of its founding, an ideal that's never faded in a century and a half," said Masashi Oka, President and CEO, Union Bank. "We're proud of our part in nourishing the heritage of this city, this state and the West Coast, and we look forward to helping them flourish for another 150 years," he said. Oka is also CEO for the Americas of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which owns Union Bank.  
TWO MORE WEEKS LEFT TO APPLY FOR LEADERSHIP SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Leadership Southern California (LSC) provides unmatched access to high-level decision-makers and a deep understanding of the complex issues affecting our mega-region. Mid- to senior-level executives looking to develop their skills as civic leaders will travel throughout Southern California, gaining insight and fostering lifelong connections with leaders from across the region. Graduates of the LSC fellowship have gone on to serve on civic boards and commissions, hold elected and appointed offices, and serve in business and community leadership roles across the region. Admissions are highly competitive and space is limited. Application deadline is July 18 and the fellowship launches August 14. For more information contact Blanca Zarate at 213.580.7547.

DO YOU LOVE YOUR WORKPLACE? NOMINATE TODAY FOR OC REGISTER'S TOP WORKPLACES SURVEY
The Orange County Register is calling all businesses to participate in the Register's sixth annual Top Workplaces Survey. The survey honors Orange County's best businesses for demonstrating a commitment to community, leadership, advancement, work culture, and performance. The Register accepts nominations for all companies large and small, for-profit and nonprofits alike for the honor. Through the award, the Register hopes to commend companies that have excelled in creating a dynamic and innovative workplace to set an example for other companies. Nominations are free, with a short five minute questionnaire covering topics, including leadership, training, compensation and benefits. CLICK HERE to nominate a company. The deadline for nominations is July 18. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager.
CLOSING THE SKILLS GAP FOR FUTURE SUCCESS - OCT. 7 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

Understand what the current skills gap facing today's workforce and what this could mean for your business and industry. Register today for the 2014 Workforce Development Conference, hosted by OCBC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, presented by Union Bank. The conference will feature Ken McNeely, President, AT&T California, who will address the current skills gap companies face with incoming employees and what is needed to prepare a workforce for a competitive 21st century global economy. The conference will also unveil the 2014 Workforce Indicators Report with OCBC Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod analyzing the county's economic and workforce trends. Thank you event sponsors Kaiser Permanente, The Boeing Company, Chevron, AT&T, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and Wells Fargo

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 7, 2014  I  11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  I  Sponsorships: $5,000  I  $2,500 

WHERE: Hotel Irvine

COST: Member: $125  I  Non-member: $150  

 

     

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON FOR OC'S ECONOMY? ECONOMIC FORECAST CONFERENCE - OCT.23

Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton for the 20th Annual Economic Forecast Conference, presented by US Bank, on October 23, 2014 at Hotel Irvine. The conference features a forecast of Orange County's economic climate by Dr. Anil Puri, Dean of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, CSUF; and Dr. Mira Farka, Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting, CSUF. The conference will also feature keynote speaker Emile Haddad, President and CEO, FivePoint Communities. Join hundreds of Orange County business leaders for the county's premier economic conference and learn the latest opportunities for business growth and how to plan for the future.

 

WHEN: Thursday, October, 23, 2014  I  11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

WHERE: Hotel Irvine

COST: Individual: $160  I  Table of Ten: $1,500  I  Sponsorships: $7,500  I  $3,500

 

For more information, contact Sabra Benes, Events Manager. 

ORANGE IS THE "NEW" GREEN: UCI MEDICAL CENTER PLANT TO PROVIDE 30% OF CAMPUS POWER

The University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange is making major moves towards becoming a more self-sustainable and environmentally friendly campus. UCI has plans of building a 1.4-megawatt fuel cell plant that will produce 30 percent of the campuses own power and save up to $10 million in roughly 20 years. UCI Professor and Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center Scott Samuelson states that the new plant will drastically improve power generation and reliability while reducing harmful carbon emissions. The new plant is expected to produce 28 fewer tons of nitrogen oxide, 64 fewer tons of sulfur dioxide and 7,000 fewer tons of carbon dioxide. In addition to these amazing reductions, it will also produce 200 tons of cooling for its center's campus, all of which will help UCI meet California cap-and-trade requirements that deal with pollution. UCI plans to have the plant operational by early 2015 and will require no capital investment because it will buy the power under a long-term deal with FuelCell Energy Inc., whom will install, operate and maintain the plant. For more information, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager. 

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COMMUNITY EVENTS    

OC Fair- July 11 to August 10

It's that time of year again! Head over to the OC Fair Friday, July 11 to Sunday, August 10 in Costa Mesa for fun for the whole family. Enjoy show-stopping entertainment, fantastic exhibits, shopping, rides, and much, much more! CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

SOAR PAC celebrity wine event - July 23

Enjoy great wine? Then join us for the second annual Bold Wine With Bold Leaders fundraiser Wednesday, July 23 from 5:30-7:30pm. The event will take place at historic 'fiscus' home owned by Sherry and Mitch Caldwell located at 902 W. Broadway Anaheim, CA 92802. Celebrity sommeliers Bruno Serato, Dennis Kuhl, and Don Wagner handpicked these featured wines you don't want to miss out on. CLICK HERE for more information.


IMPACT14: Internet Marketing Reimagined - September 24 through 26

Registration is now open for IMPACT14, which is the IMA Conference and Awards focusing on the internet marketing industry from, September 24 through 26, 2014 at Aria Resort, CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nev. This extraordinary event focusing on innovation, education and recognition, and hosts distinguished keynote speakers on vital internet marketing topics, a series of breakout sessions presented by the industry's leading experts, and the 2014 IMPACT Awards recognition and celebration.  CLICK HERE for a video about the event. CLICK HERE for more information.

POLITICAL CORNER   

Political events are for information purposes and are not necessarily endorsed by OCBC.

 

OCPAA presents a reception with Neel Kashkari - July 16

Join the Orange County Public Affairs Association for a reception with CA Republican Gubernational candidate Neel Kashkari as the featured guest. The reception will be held on Wednesday, July 16 at the Pacific Club from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 

Keith Curry For Assembly 2014 - August 14, 2014

Please join us for dinner and an exclusive briefing of the 2014 Legislative session and election prospects featuring Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway and Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff August 14 at the Balboa Bay Resort located at 1221 Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA. OCBC endorsed candidate Keith Curry will be running for the 74th assembly district and would love your support. Reception starts at 5:30 and dinner at 6pm. CLICK HERE for more information.

UPCOMING OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: AUGUST

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 16, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. to 9:30 am. (STEAM Forum at Microsoft) 

 

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Workforce Housing Committee Meeting

Friday, August 1, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

Friday, August 8, 2014  I  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

Infrastructure Committee Meeting

Tuesday, August 12, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Latino Educational Attainment Committee Meeting

Thursday, August 14, 2014  I  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

 

Workforce Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, August 20, 2014  I  7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

 

Health Care Task Force Meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 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

Vivace is a new social-oriented support group of the Pacific Chorale, creating opportunities for music lovers to engage by attending concerts and interacting socially with the Pacific Chorale family. Vivace membership includes concert tickets, special soirees, and discounts and other offers at restaurants and hotels. For more information contact Liana Schwind at 714.662.2345 or liana@pacificchorale.org

 

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.

 

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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If you have questions on how to get connected with OCBC online, contact Delaine Moore, Communications Manager, at 949.794.7220 or dmoore@ocbc.org.
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