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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
 

NATIONAL COMMENTATOR PEGGY NOONAN HEADLINES OCBC ANNUAL DINNER - FEB. 3

The Wall Street Journal columnist and bestselling author Peggy Noonan will serve as Keynote Speaker for the 2011 Peggy Noonan HeadshotAnnual Dinner, taking place Thursday, February 3. Noonan's essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.
 

With this year's Annual Dinner theme of "Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet," we're looking for those heroes of local government helping business to grown and create jobs in a tough economy. Share the story of how your city is Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet and we'll highlight the best of these efforts. OCBC's Annual Dinner brings together more than 700 business and community leaders and elected officials for one of Orange County's premiere events. With special thanks to our title sponsors, Bentley Prince Street and UPS, join us: 

 

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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Thanks to gold sponsor Kaiser Permanente of Orange County, silver sponsors Automobile Club of Southern California, CH2MHill, Chevron, The Disneyland Resort, and HDR, and sustaining partners Hoag Memorial Hospital and The Disneyland Resort. To register for the Annual Dinner, or for more information, contact Leslie Dods at (949) 794-7241.
 

OCBC 2011 ACTION PLAN: TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET
On Friday, January 14 the OCBC Board of Directors met at First American Title Insurance for the 2011 Strategic Annual Dinner 2011 Logo BlockPlanning Meeting. The Board recommitted to OCBC's four strategic initiatives: Infrastructure Investment, Workforce Development, Workforce Housing, and Economic Development. Particular emphasis was placed on Economic Development, with a focus on jobs creation and the potential for international trade and relations in 2011. For more information about OCBC's strategic initiatives, click here.

 
Chairman Eddie Northen of UPS led the first meeting of the new year, recognizing the leadership and vision of outgoing 2010 Chair Linda Martin of Porter Novelli. This year's theme, "Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet," will highlight the good that can result when business and government work to create a climate of thoughtful regulatory restraint and reform. For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.
 
ECONOMIC UPDATE FROM DR. WALLACE WALROD
At last Friday's Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting OCBC Vice President of Economic Development and Globe financialResearch Dr. Wallace Walrod presented an updated economic outlook. Dr. Walrod discussed employment trends, OC's fastest growing occupations and industries, business expectations and consumer sentiment. Of great interest was his research on OC and California's unemployment rates, which are typically under-reported due to the exclusion of those individuals who are no longer looking for jobs. Currently OC is reporting 9.3% unemployment, which according to Dr. Walrod is more likely between 12% and 15%. California is currently reporting 12.4%, but a more accurate assessment puts the unemployment rate closer to 18%. Dr. Walrod's full presentation can be found here.
 

For more information, or to schedule a presentation for your business, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

 
WHAT IS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY?

Recently, the Southern California Association of Government, comprised of 190 cities, and partnering with the Jobs

business community representing six counties, retained five top economists, including OCBC's Dr. Wallace Walrod, to begin to develop an economic development strategy for Southern California as a roadmap toward creating top jobs as expeditiously as possible. An outline was begun, using the good work of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation under Bill Allen, Orange County's own Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy developed by OCBC, and economic work of John Husing of the Inland Empire. From this outline, an in-depth strategy will be coordinated and SCAG has asked OCBC President Lucy Dunn to help lead the efforts. We will keep you informed on the progress of this important work and welcome your input along the way.

 

In the meantime, SCAG has developed a legislative agenda for Sacramento to protect a recovering economy with the following:

  1. Request the Governor and State leaders reject legislation that negatively impacts businesses for 3 years.
  2. Grant the Governor the same emergency powers as for a natural disaster to alleviate any law or regulation that acts as a barrier to economic recovery, to remain in effect until unemployment in the state declines to 7%.
  3. Retain and expand the region's high-tech manufacturing and Research and Development base by restoring investment credits, establishing enterprise counties and funding infrastructure.
  4. Work together to "Beat" the Panama Canal by implementing the infrastructure improvements the LA/Long Beach ports, roads and bridges need to stay globally competitive.With the new capacity improvements occurring in Panama, California's need for more public-private partnerships is stronger than ever.
  5. Accelerate and extend successful State film incentives to keep Hollywood in California.

Read the Op-Ed by former Gov. Gray Davis and Glen Becerra, second vice president of SCAG, published recently in the LA Daily News titled: Jack's legacy is state plan for recovery honoring SCAG's lead economist, Jack Kyser, on his untimely passing last month.  For more information, contact Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.

SAVE THE DATE! OCBC "ONE VOICE, TWO CAPITOLS" ADVOCACY TRIPS
Join OCBC, civic and business leaders for the region's premier advocacy trips to the Nation and State capitols for Capitol - DCthe Business Council's One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trips.

Washington, D.C. - March 15 - 16, 2011
OCBC will lead an annual delegation of business leaders and public officials to Washington, D.C., to advocate for Orange County and its business community.  Participants meet with members of Congress and the president's administration on key issues. The trip includes a marquee evening event with Congressional leaders and unparalleled business networking with fellow participants. 


Sacramento - May 10 - 11, 2011
Meet with legislators on state issues vital to Orange County. Participants will meet with state lawmakers, members of the Governor's administration and other decision makers on issues including education, health care, housing, transportation, and water.


More details and registration information coming soon! For more information, contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

What are your favorite apps? OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn challenged OCBC staff to give her their favorites. IPHONE APPHere are four ideas from OCBC staff for you:

Lucy Dunn
: CardSnap - takes a photo of a business card and configures it automatically into your Contact list.
Dan Nasitka: Shazam - lets you discover, name and buy that tune playing on the radio.

Kate Klimow: LucyPhone - never wait on hold again!

Katherine Reedy: Beat the Traffic - know the traffic conditions before you go.   


If you know of an app that should be featured in the E-Indicator, send OCBC an email. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

RECEPTION CELEBRATING MEASURE M1 SUCCESS - MARCH 31  

Promises Made. Promises Kept. OCBC-OCMoves, Mobility 21 and WTS are pleased to announce a reception celebrating 20 years of OCTA  transportation projects and Measure M1 Logoaccomplishments resulting from Measure M1. The half-cent sales tax ushered in by Measure M provided $12 billion dollars to improve Orange County's roads, highways, and commuter rail infrastructure over 30 years. Join Orange County's transportation leaders on March 31 to celebrate the amazing traffic improvements completed and the OC voters who made them all possible. 

 

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Place: 6ix Park Grill, Hyatt Regency Irvine

Reception: 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 per person, includes parking, hosted bar and light refreshments

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.

QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY

On Monday, January 10th OCBC Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs Kate Klimow represented the orange globeOrange County business community at the Los Angeles Focus Forum on Corporate Community Investment. Ms. Klimow spoke about the value of public-private partnerships, citing the successful Measure M1 completion and the importance of KOCE assuming the PBS mantle. Speakers included PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce President Gary Toebben.

On Tuesday, January 11th Tom Donohue delivered his annual State of American Business
Address, where he highlighted the business community's priorities for growing the economy and putting millions of Americans back to work in the year ahead. His speech outlined four immediate priorities that the U.S. Chamber will address to boost America's competitiveness in the global economy-regulatory restraint and reform; expanding American trade; rebuilding our economic platform; and reducing deficits and debt. Watch his presentation here.

Dr. Wallace Walrod was the Keynote Speaker at the Business Development Association's January 6th luncheon where
he presented "Orange County's Business Climate Update." Dr. Walrod spoke about the local state of the economy, how the November elections results will effect doing business in the architectural, engineering, environmental and construction industry, and where future development in the County will be occurring.

OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn attended the January 6th meeting of the Metropolitan Water District's Blue Ribbon Committee. Progress was made in finalizing the committee's recommendations to Met for water security, infrastructure and sustainability over the next fifty years for a growing Southern California population.

OCBC MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: JANUARY
Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
| 7:30 - 9:00 AM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 2 Park Plaza)
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Economic Development Committee
Monday, January 24, 2011| 4:00 - 5:30 PM
(NOTE: Meeting will be held at 4 Park Plaza, Suite 320)
 

Community College Working Group Committee

Thursday, January 27, 2011 | 3:00 - 4:30PM

(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.
 
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:

 

DISCOUNT OFFER FOR HAIR AT SEGERSTROM CENTER FOR THE ARTSOCPAC

OCBC members can enjoy exclusive discount offers at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Receive a special discount for the Thursday, February 3, 2011 performance of HAIR. Click here, enter code 12087, and purchase your tickets. This offer ends January 28, 2011 or when tickets are sold out.
 

USC OFFERS DISCOUNTED EXECUTIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM

In just two to four days, you can update your knowledge, improve your skills, advance your career, and impact your entire organization through USC Marshall Executive Education programs.OCBC members will receive a special 20% discount on this course. Use code "OCBCmem20" when registering. For a complete list of in-person and on-line course offerings, visit www.marshall.usc.edu/execed, or call (213) 740-8990.


DISCOUNTED SHIPPING RATESUPS
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.

BACCHUS' SECRET CELLAR WINE BAR CAN HELP YOU!
Bacchus' is the perfect place for your business to turn to for all your holiday needs. 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. Please contact Garett Savage (garett@bacchussecretcellar.com) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
COMMUNITY EVENTS

Business & Entrepreneurship Center Informational Meeting - Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Business & Entrepreneurship Center and the Orange County Small Business Development Center are partnering with the OC Market Place to provide resources for small business and entrepreneurs to reach potential new customers. For more information contact Martha Payan-Hernandez at (714) 564-5218.

 

Front and Center 2011: Earth, Wind & Fire - Saturday, February 19, 2011

Front and Center 2011 is an annual community outreach concert event presented by Cal State Fullerton. Net proceeds from the event benefit student scholarships. This year Earth, Wind & Fire will be performing on February 19, 2011 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. For more information visit www.fullerton.edu/frontandcenter.

 

2011 Health Care Forecast Conference - February 24 - 25, 2011

The Paul Merage School of Business at UCI presents its 20th Annual Health Care Forecast Conference. This event will benefit employers who deal with the problem of ever increasing health care costs while attempting to increase employee choice and access. For more information visit www.merage.uci.edu.

 

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. Also presenting is OCBC Vice President of Economic Development and Research Dr. Wallace Walrod. For more information call (714) 966-4377 or visit http://nregister.ocde.us.

 

Tiger Woods 2011 Scholars Celebration Luncheon - March 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. Industry leaders from both public and private sectors will be in attendance. For more information visit www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org.

 

Urban Land Institute Best of the Best Awards - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Announcing the first annual Sustainable Communities Awards program! Applications are now being accepted for awards that will recognize the "Best of the Best" examples of sustainability-driven community projects, programs, policies. Click here for more information and to download the application.

 

One OC 35th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon - Thursday, April 14, 2011

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. Nominate up to three deserving businesses. Nominations are due by January 3, 2011. For more information visit www.oneoc.org.

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