December 9, 2011 marked the founding of the U.S. Metro Business Coalition, a network of major regional business associations that will identify economic vitality issues of common concern across U.S. metro areas and jointly advocate shared positions before relevant federal government authorities. The U.S. Metro Business Coalition is composed of a selection of the most influential business associations and chambers of commerce in the country, encompassing organizations from Los Angeles and Seattle to Philadelphia and Atlanta, and from Austin up to Kansas City, Chicago and the Twin Cities. Together, the metropolitan areas represented by this coalition account for more than 39 percent of the nation’s GDP.

In October, OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, and Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs, participated in the exploratory meeting of the national coalition.

Since then, the group has been meeting to develop its organizational structure as well as policy statements on transportation, infrastructure, education and workforce development. Now with a structure and policy statements prepared, the group will refine its outreach strategy in the coming weeks. Look for an official launch of this coalition in the new year.

As a member of both the statewide entity with an economic development focus – R.E.A.L. Coalition – and now this federal effort, OCBC continues to leverage its partnerships and work to expand its influence on behalf of the Orange County business community. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

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