Now accepting applications! Who turns Red Tape Into Red Carpet in your community?

IRVINE, CA— Orange County Business Council (OCBC) is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the fourth annual “Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet” Awards. Acknowledging the good work local government can do in tough times, the awards program honors Orange County’s local governments that have implemented innovative policies and programs that cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth and open the door to private sector jobs creation.

Since its inception the program has expanded to include over 40 nominees each year, showcasing the county’s most innovative and cost-reducing government programs. Its success is recognized throughout the state, including the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, “Streamlining Superstars,” and California Association for Local Economic Development’s annual “Awards of Excellence,” programs.

Winners will be recognized at an Awards Reception on November 20, 2014 at the Irvine Marriot, for achievement in the following categories: Business Retention and Expansion, Responding to Globalization, Sustainable and Green Development, and Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse. The Partnership Award will be presented to the nominee demonstrating a steadfast commitment to public-private partnerships, and the Leadership Award for Public Service will be presented to an outstanding leader in the public sector who is advancing economic development in their community.


  • Nomination deadline: Friday, September 12, 2014
  • Entry fee: $75 per nomination. No limit to the number of entries an agency may submit.
  • Submitted to:, or mailed to OCBC, 2 Park Plaza, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614.
  • Awards Reception and Announcement: Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Irvine Marriot.
  • For more information: visit or contact Matt Petteruto, Vice President of Economic Development, at 949.794.7209 or

About OCBC:
Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America’s sixth largest county. For more information, visit

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