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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

BUSINESSES! THIS IS BIG! CITY OF ANAHEIM AWARDED ENTERPRISE ZONE

enterpriseThe City of Anaheim was awarded conditional status as one of the only Enterprise Zones by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Anaheim joins the City of Santa Ana as Orange Couny's only two recipients of this unique business attraction tool. Add to that a Foreign Trade Zone designation for the County and OC is primed for new jobs creation.

A few EZ benefits for businesses in the zone: firms can earn $37,440 or more in state tax credits for qualified employees hired plus sales tax credits on purchases of $20 million per year of qualified machinery and parts as well as up to 100% Net Operating Loss (NOL) carry-forward for 15 years.


"Anaheim's Enterprise Zone designation is a tremendous business attraction tool and an effective way to reduce unemployment rolls," said OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn. "OCBC commends the Department of Housing and Community Development for its thorough review of Anaheim's application in a very competitive process to win this coveted designation." CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US AT OCBC!

OCBC's Indicator e-newsletter is taking a break for the holidays. The next Indicator will arrive in your inbox onholiday reception
Tuesday, January 18, 2011. OCBC wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season. We'll see you in 2011!

KUDOS TO OUTGOING ANAHEIM MAYOR CURT PRINGLE

Last week, Orange County and the City of Anaheim gave one final ovation and tribute to the man that has made Pringle TributeAnaheim a world-class city and destination for people all over the world. Curt Pringle, former Mayor of Anaheim, closed out his eight-year tenure in office this month, as well as hosted a SOLD OUT event at the Grove of Anaheim.

Throughout his career, Pringle's "freedom-friendly" foundation to governing could be seen in his numerous initiatives, projects and ideas, such as leadership in planning, transportation innovations, strengthening the community, a commitment to education and customer service. Curt's ideas and will to turn the City of Anaheim into a vibrant community was the backbone of his career in office. CLICK HERE to read more.
For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

WSJ'S PEGGY NOONAN TO KEYNOTE OCBC'S ANNUAL DINNER FEB.3

 Peggy Noonan is a widely admired columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best selling author of eight books Peggy Noonan Headshoton American politics, history and culture. In 2008 The National Journal dubbed Noonan's political column indispensable to an understanding of the presidential year, and Forbes Magazine called her column "principled, perceptive, persuasive, and patriotic." Noonan's essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.


Peggy Noonan's most recent book, Patriotic Grace, published by Collins in 2008, is written in the pamphleteering tradition of Tom Paine's Common Sense, and is a call for a more elevated national politics.

 

The 2011 Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday, February 3. The theme of the Annual Dinner is "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet." Annual Dinner 2011 Logo Block

 

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011

Place:  Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Rd.

 Reception: 5:30 p.m.| Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

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For more information, visit www.ocbc.org or contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager at (949) 794-7241. **Deadline for inclusion in printed materials is January 14, 2011.**

LUCY DUNN HONORED FOR LEADERSHIP IN TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS

Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) presented OCBC President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, with a LD ResolutionResolution this week for her contributions to California's transportation policy, planning and help in securing funding improving every Orange County freeway.

OCTA commended Ms. Dunn "for her leadership in transportation funding for multi-modal projects benefiting commuters countywide as well as the economy and environment. The time, effort and dedciation Commissioner Lucy Dunn has invested in resolving difficult statewide transportation policy issues in 2010 is truly remarkable, and the Orange County Transportation Board of Directors affords her the greatest respect, admiration and appreciation for all her current and future efforts as a CTC Commissioner." 

As a Commissioner of the CTC, Lucy helped secure approximately $530 million in state and federal funds for critical Orange County transportation projects. With this funding, OCTA has complete the SR-91 widening and the I-5 Gateway Project, both of which are vital pieces of Orange County's infrastructure. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

HELP FOR HOUSING: ANAHEIM UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-APPROVES FEE DEFERRAL

Anaheim Union High School Board re-authorized the Developer Fee Deferral program for 2011. Working with Chalkboardlong-time issue-leader, Building Industry Association of Orange County, OCBC has advocated support for this action over the last three years.


Housing is a critical economic component of the region; by advocating for workforce housing as one of its core initiatives, OCBC is advocating for the overall health and economic prosperity of Orange County. Residential and commercial real estate projects have nearly ground to a halt throughout California. The simple act of deferring school facility fees until certificate of occupancy gives the homebuilding industry the chance to survive during these troubled times and the help it needs to build back California's economic future.


The Board Members of Anaheim Union High School District are applauded for making common sense decisions that recognize the broader economic environment. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

WHAT DOES A RECEIVER DO AND HOW CAN HE HELP MY PROPERTY?

OCBC's December Workforce Housing Committee Meeting featured guest Taylor Grant, founder of California Real Commercial PropertyEstate Receivership, who provided an overview on the real estate receivership process and what it means for the Orange County housing market, as well as sharing his perspective on what the bottom of a real estate cycle looks like. On the upside, it appears that the majority of "busted" residential projects (large scale planned community developments) have made it through the system. Properties in receivership are only one indication of an industry experiencing trouble, but the lower numbers do indicate the industry is recovering from its meltdown. Unfortunately, the commercial and industrial side will continue to be a drag on the economy for another few years.


Mr. Grant is a real estate development professional with more than 35 years of experience. He recently completed the largest multi-site, for-sale housing receivership in California with Bank of America. Mr. Grant has been published or quoted in Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register, among others.  He is the former Chairman of the City of Newport Beach Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission and a founding member Board of Governors, Orange County Housing Trust, a workforce housing nonprofit organization. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

ANNUAL HOLIDAY RECEPTION LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT

Orange County Business Council, Orange County Division - League of California Cities, and the Building Industry Art Brown Santa3Association of Orange County hosted the 2010 OC Leadership Symposium Holiday Reception on Thursday, December 9th at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. The event was a huge success, with hundreds of business and community leaders from around the County in attendance. The highlight of the night had to be the appearance of Santa Clause, played by Buena Park Mayor Art Brown and his elf, OCBC's own Dan Nasitka. Thank you to everyone who attended the reception! Pictures from the night can be viewed at OCBC's Facebook page.

OCTA PREPARES FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION IN ORANGE COUNTY

At December's Infrastructure Committee meeting representatives from Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)transit forum shared the department's long-range transportation plans and challenges. OCTA's goals over the next 25 years are focused on expanding consumer choices, improving overall performance, and long-term sustainability.


There are a number of challenges facing transportation planning in Orange County, including a projected growth of 453,000 new residents by 2035, or the equivalent of six cities the size of Tustin. Employment is anticipated to grow by 172,000, or 10.6% over the next 25 years. If transportation funding remains at the current levels through 2035, freeway speeds will fall by 40% at peak times, resulting in 1.5 million daily hours lost to congestion, or the equivalent of 187,500 jobs lost. CLICK HERE to read more. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

ORANGE COUNTY MOVING TOWARDS WATER SUPPLY SELF-RELIANCE

Despite the recent rains, Orange County continues its efforts to become more self-reliant when it comes to its waterwater supply.  The proposed seawater desalination facility in Huntington Beach, which would be built by Poseidon Resources, a private company, would provide Orange County with 50 million gallons of fresh drinking water daily - that's eight percent of OC's water supply.

 

In 2010 Poseidon obtained all local environmental and permitting approvals for the project from the City of Huntington Beach.  In October, the State Lands Commission approved a lease agreement that allowed the project to move forward.  Now Poseidon needs just one more permit before construction can begin - a Coastal Development Permit from the California Coastal Commission.  Poseidon plans to go before the Coastal Commission in 2011.  If they provide this final permit approval, construction will begin in 2012 and desal water will start to flow by 2014. For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

USC OFFERS OCBC MEMBERS DISCOUNTED EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 In just two to four days, you can update your knowledge, improve your skills, advance your career, and impact your business professionalsentire organization through USC Marshall Executive Education programs.


The Executive Leadership Skills Program is one of the leading open enrollment programs, and delivers additional knowledge and skills that are needed to increase performance and contribution to an organization's overall growth.  In the program, participants will elevate their leadership skills to new heights by increasing their understanding of their personalized leadership style and how it relates to others.  The program runs March 15 - 17, 2011 on the USC University Park Campus.


OCBC members will receive a special 20% discount on this course, and on any other Executive Education courses attended.  Use code "OCBCmem20" when registering.  Applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible, as space is limited. Courses that may be of particular interest to OCBC members include:

  • Effective Negotiations and the Power of Persuasion
  • Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • Management Development Program

For a complete list of in-person and on-line course offerings, visit www.marshall.usc.edu/execed, or call (213) 740-8990.

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY

On Tuesday, December 7th OCBC Vice President of Economic Development and Research Dr. Wallace Walrod orange globepresented the 2010 Workforce Indicators Report to Boeing employees. In the presentation Dr. Walrod provided a blueprint for future economic recovery success, focusing on how to create good-paying jobs in the wake of record unemployment. The objective of the 2010 Workforce Indicators Report is to analyze and showcase the real accomplishments the County's workforce system and business community have achieved in Orange County, as well as reflect on the challenges yet to be addressed in developing a skilled workforce for the future.

On Friday, December 10th OCBC President and CEO, and CTC Commissioner Lucy Dunn attended the
California Sustainable Communities Awards Announcement and Celebration. California Department of Housing and Community Development, California Department of Transportation and California Department of Conservation hosted the event in recognition of Proposition 1C - Catalyst Projects for California Sustainable Communities. Fullerton Transportation Center (FTC) was honored for their innovative planning and long-term transportation plans. FTC is currently one of the busiest stations in the regional Metrolink service line, serving 3,000 passengers daily. The project's goal is to leverage current and future transit ridership to provide transit-oriented housing and commercial development opportunities, creating employment opportunities and providing greater access for pedestrians, bicycles and buses.
OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY
Infrastructure Committee
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
| 7:30 - 9:00 AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)

Latino Educational Attainment CommitteeOCBC Logo - NEW 2010
Thursday, January 13, 2011
| 9:00 - 10:30 AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 2 Park Plaza)

Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
| 7:30 - 9:00 AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 2 Park Plaza)

Economic Development Committee
Monday, January 24, 2011
| 4:00 - 5:30 PM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)

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.
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Los Angeles Focus Forum on Corporate Community Investment - Monday, January 10, 2011
You are invited to an inaugural forum hosted by Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Northrop Grumman Corporation in Los Angeles, CA on January 10, 2011. The event is part of a series of forums that BCLC and PBS will be hosting across the United States in 2011 as part of its Corporate Community Investment initiative (CCI) "Listening Tour." The Focus Forum will bring together business, association, and community leaders to discuss priorities, challenges, and opportunities to help sustain competitiveness and long-term development for years to come. Speakers include OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger, and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce President Gary Toebben. For more information, contact
Hanna Felleke.

Business Accelerator Workshop - Saturday, January 22, 2011

Irvine-based consulting group Opis Network and the City of Newport Beach have teamed up to host a workshop aimed at helping to jump start businesses affected by the economic downturn. The workshop is part of Opis Network's "Helping 100 Businesses for 100 Days" program. Learn how to position your business for a competitive advantage, develop new marketing channels, perfect your "elevator pitch", and grow your business. The couse is offered at no cost, and will take place at the Oasis Senior Center in Newport Beach. For more information visit www.help100days.com.

2011 State of Education in Orange County - Thursday, February 27, 2011
Join Orange County Superintendent of Schools and OCBC Board of Directors member William M. Habermehl as he discusses the state of education in OC. The theme of this year's presentation is "Succeeding in the New Reality." For more information call (714) 966-4377.

Tiger Woods 2011 Scholars Celebration Luncheon - Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The Tiger Woods Foundation will be hosting a luncheon to honor the recipients of the TWF Scholarship Program. The event will celebrate the fifth year anniversary and success of the scholarship program and will feature a keynote speaker. Industry leaders from both public and private sectors will be in attendance. For more information visit www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.

One OC 35th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon - Thursday, April 14, 2011
In its 35th year, 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.  This acknowledgment is embodied in the Giving is Living Award. Keeping in line with this years' theme of Corporate Volunteerism, One OC will select a business or corporation that exemplifies commitment to service through employee volunteerism to receive this special honor. Nominate up to three deserving businesses by completing this form. Nominations are due by January 3, 2011. The Giving is Living Award will be presented at the 35th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon on April 14th, 2011. For more information, visit www.oneoc.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:


HEALTH & LONGEVITY EXAMINATION: The Mission Center for Longevity & Aesthetic Medicine is currently offering special pricing for OCBC members on the Center's Health & Longevity Examination. Clients who schedule an examination prior to December 31, 2010 will receive a special price of $2700. The regular price for this examination is $3000. The examination does not need to occur before December 31, 2010,  it simply needs to be scheduled prior to that date. For more information on this promotion, visit www.missionlongevity.com.

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

OFFICE FURNITURE PROMOTION: As Orange County's Haworth Preferred contract furniture dealership, Interior Office Solutions specializes in developing functional, productive and beautiful workplace environments tailored to each client's unique requirements. Purchase $2500 of product and receive a $500 coupon; Purchase $5000 worth of product for a $1000 coupon; Purchase $10,000 worth of product and receive a rebate based on your total furniture. Call Jesse Bagley or Brian Airth to schedule a consultation: (949) 724-9444 (Offer valid 7/1 - 12/31/2010)

BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU!
Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs.  Looking for a classy yet fun setting for a holiday party of up to 125 collegues, clients, and associates?  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.  Live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights is a great way to reward a hard week of work.  Please contact Garett Savage (garett@bacchussecretcellar.com) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
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