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|Tuesday, August 17, 2010|
|$3 BILLION IN TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS AND THOUSANDS OF JOBS DELAYED|
released a White Paper that highlights the negative economic impacts the|
delay is having on transportation projects statewide. The effects of the delayed budget are being felt as the California
Transportation Commission met this past week. OCBC's President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, noted that funding for transportation projects worth
over $2.1 billion that are contingent on the approval of the state budget may
either be deferred or delayed. These include projects funded by Proposition 1B,
the transportation bond approved by state voters in 2006.
addition, Caltrans cannot award over $900 million in new contracts to
construction firms, and payments to contractors on $9.5 billion of current
construction may be delayed in the coming months due to the lack of available
cash. To read the White Paper click here. For more info, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, VP of Economic Development.
|SR-91 FREEWAY PROJECT NEEDS A CALL TO ACTION - WILL SAVE 18,000+ JOBS|
|A call to action for Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Speaker John Pérez|
to pass AB 2098 is much needed. This bill would grant the Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) the authority to utilize design-build for a portion of State Highway Route 91, creating more than 18,000 jobs to increase capacity and reduce congestion. It is a high-priority project within the region and is a major element of Riverside County Transportation Commission's Measure A, 10-year delivery plan. The proposed improvements will ease movement of people and goods between
Riverside County and Orange County, improving travel conditions for
work, recreation, school, and commerce. Reduced congestion will also reduce the time required for freeway
traffic to move through local streets adjoining the 91.
Unfortunately, Speaker Pérez and Senator Steinberg have held up the vote to pass this important bill, because negotiations have gone south between RCTC and a government union. Anne Mayer, executive director of the Riverside County Transportation
Commission, said the agency cannot meet the union's demands. "We think it would be financially irresponsible to turn this over to another public agency to deliver," she said. "This $1.3 billion project should remain in local hands." For more info, visit www.Sr91project.info or contact Kate Klimow, V.P. of Government Affairs. Email Senator Steinberg and Speaker Pérez with your support today.
|OC JOBS: GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS|
The Good News: In the last six months, OC has been the state's leader in jobs creation,|
with 29,500 jobs gained, compared to Los Angeles County with 10,000; San Diego 10,000; and San Francisco County down -3,300 jobs. Most of OC's gains have been in tourism, business services and we're even holding our own in manufacturing. Orange County is an economic engine for the state's sputtering recovery.
The Bad News: The Boeing Company recently announced that it
has decided to move the A160 Hummingbird Program office from its current
location in Irvine to Mesa, Arizona,
where production of the unmanned aerial vehicle already is being planned. Approximately
160 positions are affected by the move.
staff will be moving to Mesa over the next few
months, and there will be some continued back-and-forth temporary assignments
between Irvine and Mesa. Boeing plans to close the existing
program offices and exit the Irvine facility at
the end of next year, moving the remaining staff to Huntington Beach, Calif. Currently, 160 employees work for the A160
program in California.
While transition planning is under way, the remaining employees will stay in Irvine until the site closes and they're transferred to
other Boeing facilities, including those in Southern
California. Click here to read the article. For more info, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, V.P. of Economic Development.
|OCTA BREAKS GROUND ON SR-57 WIDENING PROJECT WITH "1950'S THEME" CEREMONY|
City officials, OCTA board members and Caltrans representatives convened Wednesday,|
August 4, to celebrate the kickoff of the SR-57 freeway construction project, which will alleviate traffic congestion and create more than 5,000 jobs for the County of Orange. President and CEO of OCBC, as well as California Transportation Commissioner, Lucy Dunn, was one of the featured speakers at the groundbreaking. Dressed in her "1950's gal" attire including a poodle skirt, saddle shoes and red cat eye glasses, Ms. Dunn entered in a '57 Chevy Bel Air convertible to address the crowd.
"What a great ride on the back of a 'beaut' of a commute," Dunn said. "It's not every day that I get to play a '50s gal. But it's about honoring our rich and colorful past in Orange County with a back-to-the-future mentality. I joined many of you here two years ago when we launched our "Ready to Work" program - labor and management together - to highlight the fact that here in Orange County, we had shovel-ready projects. I'm thrilled to return here at this very spot overlooking the 57 Freeway to report that we're ready to roll with another construction project in Orange County."
The construction project is the first to begin under the Measure M2
Early Action Plan and will add a northbound lane on SR-57 from north of
the Riverside Freeway (SR-91) near Orangethorpe Avenue in Placentia to
Lambert Road in Brea. The project will create 5,000 jobs. To read the full article click here. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development.
|STATE'S BUDGET WOES FORCES WATER BOND TO BE DELAYED TILL 2012 ELECTION|
|On Monday, August 9, the Legislature took action to move Proposition 18, the Safe, Clean|
and Reliable Drinking water Supply Act to the November 2012 election. Governor Schwarzenegger worked with proponents to postpone the bond vote, and he signed the bill on Tuesday afternoon. The rapid action was required in order to meet printing deadlines for the November ballots. The $11.4 billion water bond is part of a comprehensive legislative package on water that passed the Legislature as part of a special session on November 4, 2009. The package also includes policy bills that cover Delta governance, conservation, groundwater monitoring, and illegal water diversions. Click here to read more. For more info, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
|MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR: LINDA MARTIN - GREEN COMPANIES ARE EVERYWHERE!|
Companies around Orange
County have reduced their carbon footprint for the benefit of good business and good environmental stewardship and most people are not aware. From Bank of America to The Boeing Company, local businesses have lead the nation in "going green" and reducing their impact on the environment.
Under the leadership of OCBC's chair Linda Martin of Porter Novelli, OCBC will be putting together a special "Green Task Force" highlighting these companies' successes.
One example: OCBC member, Bank of America, has helped toward building world class
Energy Management Programs to improve shareholder value and the global
environment. Backed by a $20 billion investment as a 10-year environmental commitment,
with $18 billion of that investment going towards helping commercial clients
finance the use and production of new products, services, and technologies;
Bank of America's leadership provides innovative pathways in which other
businesses can thrive. Look for more information on this Green Task Force soon
by checking www.ocbc.org. For more info, please contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, V.P. of Economic Development.
|"GREEN JOBS AWARD PROGRAM" RECOGNIZES LEADERS FOR JOB CREATION|
|Green Jobs for All, a community partner of OCBC in the
East Bay, has launched a Green Jobs|
Award Program, which seeks
to identify, recognize, and promote private companies that are leaders in
quality green job creation. The program is intended to honor U.S. businesses that are making valuable
contributions to both the economy and the environment.
As such, it is open to
private companies with at least $500,000 in revenue, and a business model that
preserves or enhances environmental quality. Applicants will be judged on the
quality of their jobs and benefits, the diversity of employment opportunities,
and their level of community engagement. This can be a great way for our client businesses to gain national
exposure. Winners will be recognized at an award event, featured in various media
outlets, and spotlighted in case studies to be distributed by SJF Advisory
Services and Green For All. Data on all applicants will be compiled, creating a
database of innovative green job creators that help tell the story of the green
economy's potential. For more info, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development.
|OCBC WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS FROM HOAG MEMORIAL AND BANK OF AMERICA|
|The Business Council is pleased to welcome Shari Battle, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Bank of America, Orange County, as new board members and Debra Legan, Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Listed below are their bios:|
Shari Battle is currently the Market Manager for Bank of America, Orange County, based in
Newport Beach. As market manager she leads the company's local community social responsibility efforts, including local grant making, economic development programming, environmental initiatives, volunteer efforts and cultural endeavors. Shari joined Bank of America in 1986 as a management trainee, and held positions of increasing responsibility. Ms. Battle graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles where she majored in economics. She also sits on OCBC's Workforce Housing and Economic Development committees.
Debra Legan oversees the marketing, advertising, media relations, community affairs
and promotional activities of Hoag Memorial. She is responsible for
initiating and directing marketing and corporate communication
activities to implement the objectives of the hospital and prepares and
distributes information and material to gain public understanding,
cooperation and acceptance. Ms. Legan has been at Hoag since 1995 and
acted as Director of Corporate Communications prior to her position as
Vice President. Debra graduated from the University of Southern California where she received her bachelor's degree in journalism and
|ORANGE COUNTY'S PUBLIC COLLEGE-GOING RATE REMAINS STABLE AFTER FIVE YEARS|
|Orange County Department of Education's Evaluation, Assessment and Data Center (EADC)|
released a white paper recently taking a preliminary longitudinal look at how many of Orange County's public high school graduates go on to enroll the following fall in California's public colleges or universities, and where they enroll.
The Honorable William M. Habermehl, County Superintendent of Schools, stated, "While the results of the college-going research shows little change over the past five years, Orange County schools continue to overcome great obstacles and provide a relevant education to our future workforce. Programs such as the Latino Educational Attainment (LEA) are essential, and will continue to guide and support students as they prepare for life beyond school. This report is an opportunity to better understand and begin to identify strategies to guide our work in K-12 classrooms, and ultimately to increase the number of students that attend college in the future." To read the press release click here. For additional information, contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.
|UNITED WAY AND ANGELS BASEBALL TEAM UP FOR PEPSI'S $200,000 REFRESH GRANT|
|United Way and Angels Baseball have joined forces to promote "Destination Graduation," an Orange|
County United Way initiative to graduate 100% of at-risk high school seniors, helping them become eligible to attend a four-year college and providing them a road map to a successful career. Pepsi's Refresh Grant will help make that happen if United Way receives enough votes. The deadline to vote is August 17, 2010 at midnight and people can vote up to 25 times a day. Click here to vote now!
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|OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: AUGUST|
Workforce Housing Committee
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 9:30 - 11:00AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)
Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:30AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at The Discovery Science Center)
Advocacy and Government Affairs Committee
Friday, August 27, 2010 | 9:00 - 10:30AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)
meetings are open to
OCBC members and invited guests only
. All committee meetings
at the OCBC offices unless otherwise specified. For more information on
upcoming committee meetings for 2010 check out OCBC's Committees. For more information, contact
Leslie Dods at 949-794-7241 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Irvine Chamber of Commerce
Presents: The 2010 Network Orange County Event - Thursday, August 19,
2010 The 2010
NETWORK OC will be the biggest event since the inception
of NETWORK OC in 2001 with 34 Orange County Chambers and
Organizations partnering up for our summertime
reception. This annual event is scheduled to be
held at the hip Poolside Cabanas
at the Atrium Hotel John Wayne Airport on Thursday, August 19th from
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
We have over 300 guests from every community in Orange County. For
additional information please click here.
The Orange County Forum Presents: A Congressional Update Luncheon - Thursday, August 26, 2010
What is the major challenge facing our nation today? Is it the federal deficit? The recovery of our national
economy? Unemployment and jobs creation? National security? All of these issues are among the top
challenges facing our nation's elected officials. Please join us to hear first-hand how our Orange County
Congressional representatives are contending with these challenges as they present an update on their
perspectives for solutions of these critical challenges. Click here for event details and to RSVP.
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County's First San Juan Capistrano Development - Thursday, August 26,
Be sure to check out this open house at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County celebrating their first San Juan Capistrano development. The event will take place from 10:00-4:00PM on August 26, 2010 at 26411 Calle Rolando, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92886. This is truly seeing first hand what affordable housing can bring to a community.
Discovery Science Center "Celebrate Earth" Gala - Saturday, September 25, 2010
The 2010 Gala will be honoring Supervisor Bill Campbell and Bank of America. For more information click here, or contact Lacy Paunovich at (714) 913-5021.
The 2010 Komen Orange County Race for the Cure - Sunday, September 26, 2010
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is an important community event bringing together women, men, families, friends and businesses to celebrate breast cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease. The beautiful Newport Beach route is a 5K run and walk and draws more than 25,000 people each year. The early run/walk starts at 7:30 a.m.; survivor tribute at 9:00 a.m. and the second run/walk starts at 9:45 a.m. For more information and to register for the event, visit www.komenoc.org or call (714) 957-9157.
SAVE THE DATE! Mobility 21 Regional Transportation Summit - Friday, October 29, 2010
ninth annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit is a
one-of-a-kind conference that brings together stakeholders, business
leaders and local, state and federal officials during a one day meeting
to discuss the leading issues facing our transportation system today.
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Girl Scouts of Orange County "Celebrate Leadership" Gala - Thursday, November 18, 2010
The 2010 Gala will be honoring twelve extraordinary women in leadership. More details to come. For more information contact Sally Lawrence at (949) 461-8823.
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