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|Tuesday, March 1, 2011 |
|OC SUPERINTENDENT'S "BIG HAIRY AUDACIOUS GOALS" FOR EDUCATION SYSTEM|
|OCBC Board Member, Bill Habermehl, Orange County Superintendent of Schools, gave his annual State of Education |
address on February 24 to a packed house of over 300 business, education and community leaders. Under the theme, "Succeeding the New Reality," Habermehl said, "California needs to become a business friendly state. When businesses thrive, the state thrives and education gets the funding it needs to be successful."
Habermehl reported that Orange County is at the top of state performance metrics and test scores compared to the other counties, but improvements are needed. Habermehl outlined his "Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goals" for 2011, which include elimination of tenure: "Good teachers don't need tenure," he stated; pension reform; approval of a graduated tax extension, splitting excess taxes in a better economy between business and education; reform in collective bargaining agreements.
Preceding Supervisor Habermehl was OCBC's own Dr. Wallace Walrod, Vice President of Research and Economic Development and Dr. Ding-Jo H. Currie, Chancellor of Coast Community College District. Dr. Walrod presented Orange County's economic status with good news on job creation. "By focusing on international trade and industry clusters now, Orange County has the potential to see a very robust growth in the future," stated Dr. Walrod.
CLICK HERE to view Dr. Walrod's PowerPoint slides. For more information, contact Alicia Berhow, Director of Workforce Development.
|LAST CALL! JOIN US IN WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR OCBC'S ADVOCACY TRIP|
|The deadline to register for OCBC's "One Voice, Two Capitols" Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. is fast approaching. Travel with OCBC and a delegation of civic and business leaders from Orange County by registering no later than March 4!
Washington, D.C. - March 14 - 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 welcome reception, two issue briefing breakfasts, a marquee evening event, and unparalleled business networking with fellow participants. Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Sacramento - May 10 - 11, 2011
A second advocacy trip is planned for May 10 - 11 to Sacramento. 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.
|INTERNATIONAL TRADE SYMPOSIUM TO HIGHLIGHT GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES MARCH 30|
|Join UPS, Orange County Business Council, U.S. Commercial Service, and U.S. Export-Import Bank at an International Trade Symposium. Learn tangible insights to cultivate and manage your international growth. Top business leaders will help guide the discussions and inspire your thinking, including complimentary personal consultations. Lean:|
- Global Trends: Strategic issues of international business, assessing the risks and opportunities;
- U.S. Commercial Services: Growing international sales through market research, trade events, international partnership and advocacy;
- Export Logistics: Expedite international expansion through logistics and supply chain efficiency; and
- Financing International Orders: "So I won the order - now how do I finance the sale?"
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011Time: 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Place: Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine
Register: Online at www.ocbc.org.For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
|IRVINE COMPANY BUILDS HOMES, STIMULATES ECONOMY AND CREATES 8,000 NEW JOBS|
|The Irvine Company
recently announced plans to construct 2,600 new townhomes and single-family
homes in Orange County, adding to the company's success in 2010 and spurring economic growth through the creation of 8,000 new jobs. Unprecedented homes sales last year played a critical role in expanding the property tax base and providing infrastructure improvements in the City of Irvine. The Irvine Company's "New Home Collection" has sold 1,234 homes since its debut, and is one of the most successful developments in the U.S., according to industry experts.
According to OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, "The Villages of Stonegate and Laguna Altura are just the latest examples of the bold leadership demonstrated by The Irvine Company. Last year they truly implemented their own 'local stimulus package' and literally jump-started our construction economy by bringing much-needed jobs to our county. Their leadership and unprecedented success convinced other developers to get off the sidelines and restart construction in our county and that means more jobs too." CLICK HERE
to read more. For more information contact Dr. Wallace Walrod
, Vice President of Economic Development and Research.
CELEBRATE MEASURE M1 SUCCESS WITH US MARCH 31!
Join OCBC-OCMoves, Mobility 21 and WTS at a reception celebrating 20 years of OCTA transportation projects and accomplishments resulting from Measure M1.
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
CLICK HERE to view the flier. CLICK HERE to register.
A big thank you goes out to our generous sponsors:
Sponsorship opportunities are still available: $1,000 Partner Level and $500 Supporter Levels. Sponsorships include event tickets, pre-event marketing and signage at the event, among other features. For details, please contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
|OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS' CHAIRMAN CAMPBELL SHARES 2011 GOALS FOR COUNTY|
On February 15, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors' Bill Campbell presented his "State of the County" address,
sharing his 11 goals for 2011 that focus on reducing unemployment, creating jobs, and maintaining a high quality of life in the county.
In addressing county finances, Supervisor Campbell discussed the importance of living within our means with balanced 2011 and 2012 county budgets without tax increases, maintaining the county hiring freeze and reducing costs. To address pension shortfalls, the county will work with OC's Congressional delegation, the Treasury Department and the IRS on new law changes to allow for implementation of an Orange County hybrid pension plan. CLICK HERE
to read more. For more information contact Alicia Berhow
, Director of Workforce Development.
|ATTENTION NONPROFITS: BANK OF AMERICA'S GRANT APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN|
Great news for your grant portfolio - Bank of America Charitable Foundation's "Neighborhood Excellence
provides grant funding to local nonprofits serving the community through arts and culture, health and human services, neighborhood stabilization/revitalization and education. The Foundation partners with local leaders and stakeholders to identify and meet the most pressing needs of the community. Bank of America is providing essential funds with an emphasis on unrestricted operating support, meaning the grant money can be used any way the Board of Directors or the management team deems best.
All nonprofits in Orange County are strongly encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Let Bank of America Charitable Foundation help serve the needs of your community today! To apply, visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation
. Application due dates vary depending on area of specialization. For more information contact Alicia Berhow
, Director of Workforce Development.
|CAN YOU TAKE THE "HEAT?" ROAST AND TRIBUTE OF SUPERVISOR CAMPBELL - APRIL 21|
Join Orange County Business Council's BIZPAC Trustees as they honor Supervisor Bill Campbell, Chairman of the
Orange County Board of Supervisors on Thursday, April 21, 2011. The event will take place at The Disneyland Hotel from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
The night is sure to bring hearty laughs and sincere tributes for a man who has done so much for the County of Orange. Registration and sponsorship information will be coming soon! CLICK HERE to view the event flier. For more information contact Kate Klimow, Vice President of Government Affairs.
|CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST SOLD OUT! NEXT EVENT MAY 26|
The inaugural event of the 2011 Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Series has sold out! Dr. Richard Afable, President and CEO of Hoag will kick-off the series on Wednesday, March 2. OCBC's Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Series features high-level guest speakers who share their tools for success and leadership philosophy. The series is hosted by Thomas Phelps of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and takes place quarterly at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.
The second Chairman's Leadership Breakfast Series event will take place on Thursday, May 26, and will feature Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPS. CLICK HERE to register for this event. For more information contact Leslie Dods, Events Manager.
NEWS YOU CAN USE
More great apps this week from the OCBC staff. Enjoy!
Dial Zero: This free app provides the direct customer service number for major companies. Cut down your search time and wait time to speak to a live agent. AP Mobile: Read top stories on-the-go from the Associated Press. Get the latest headlines, weather, sports and local news. ClockIn: Manage and track the hours you spend at each company you visit. This is a great tool for freelance professionals. Square: Receive payments anytime, anywhere. You can accept donations, payments for your services, babysitting...anything! Even provides a receipt for all transactions, including cash. CameraBag: The most simple and fun way to take pictures from your phone. Adds cool filters to create a new look for your scrapbook.
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.
|ORANGE IS THE NEW "GREEN" -- WELLS FARGO FOCUSES ON SUSTAINABILITY |
As part of OCBC's Green Task Force, each E-Indicator newsletter will feature an investor company's actions to "go green." This edition highlights the steps taken by Wells Fargo to reduce their environmental footprint and enhance sustainability.
Wells Fargo's efforts to be a sustainable company is seen through the steps they have taken over the years to protect the environment through smart, sustainable financing methods. Wells Fargo is concerned about the impacts of climate change, and has set a goal to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 20% below 2008 levels by 2018.
Wells Fargo has invested approximately $2 billion in 230 renewable energy projects that account for more than 3,600 megawatts of new renewable energy capacity across 24 states. Combined, these projects generate more than 12 billion kilowatt-hours per year, which is enough clean renewable energy to power about 1.1 million households.
Wells Fargo supports its customers with innovative new financial products and services as the nation transitions to less carbon intensive forms of energy and greater energy efficiency. Their commitment to sustainability benefits the economy, their customers and the environment. For more information, contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.
|QUICK HITS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY|
|Speaker John A. Perez Appoints OCBC's Alicia Berhow to California Board of Accountancy|
Congratulations to OCBC Director of Workforce Development, Alicia Berhow, for her recent appointment to the California Board of Accountancy by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez. Ms. Berhow's term is effective February 15, 2011 and will last until January 1, 2015. The Board of Accountancy protects consumers by ensuring only qualified licensees practice public accountancy in accordance with established professional standards. Ms. Berhow will be a tremendous representative for Orange County at the statewide level, and an asset in having the region's voice heard on important issues.
Building Industry Association Names Bryan Starr CEO
The Building Industry Association of Orange County (BIA/OC) Board of Directors announced the appointment of Bryan Starr as the new Chief Executive Officer. Bryan Starr replaces Kristine Thalman, who will retire March 15 after serving BIA/OC for nearly seven years.
Starr has been with BIA/OC for the past six years, previously serving as the Deputy Executive Officer of External Affairs. In this new role, Starr will assume responsibility for leading BIA/OC in advancing its mission to advocate on behalf of the homebuilding industry in Orange County. Starr is involved with numerous philanthropic and community organizations, such as the Irvine Land Trust and Orange County Housing Providers. He currently serves as Vice Chair for Orange County Waste and Recycling and is actively involved with the OCTA Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and the Orange County Fire Authority / Building Industry Advisory Task Force. Starr also serves as a private sector representative to the Board of Directors of the Orange County Council of Governments.
OCBC Around Anaheim's ARTIC
Kate Klimow, as OCBC spokeswoman, and Lucy Dunn, as California Transportation Commissioner, spoke in favor of "staying the course" on ARTIC before OCTA on February 14. The OCTA board voted overwhelmingly to proceed with the fully funded public-private partnership to build a new transportation center in Anaheim. Lucy Dunn also participated in a Sacramento conference, "California Transportation Foundation 2011," to highlight the need for clarity in infrastructure funding, unity on regulatory reform demands of Congress, and consistency in long term planning infrastructure needs for a growing population. Congress is clearly focused on debt reduction, not on spending; thus, it is very difficult to get their attention on a reauthorization for federal highway spending. OCBC partners with OCTA, Mobility 21 and SCAG for the regulatory reform measures needed to eliminate, for example, duplicative environment reviews at the state and federal levels that add cost but no value to traffic improvements.
|OCBC COMMITTEE MEETINGS: MARCH|
Community College Working Group Committee
Thursday, March 3, 2011 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM (postponed from 2/4/2011)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | 7:30 - 9:00 AM
Latino Educational Attainment Committee
Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Economic Development Committee
Monday, March 14, 2011 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Workforce Development Committee
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | 7:30 - 9:00 AM
Golf Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 2011 |9:00 - 10:00 AM
(Contact Leslie Dods if you would like to attend this meeting.)
Community College Working Group
Thursday, March 24, 2011 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM
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 email@example.com.
|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:
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 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your holiday party today while there is still space.
California Forward Civic Dialogue - Wednesday, March 2, 2011
OCBC is hosting a civic dialogue to discuss state and regional government reform issues featuring California Forward, the non-partisan, non-profit government reform "think, and do tank," which has been at the forefront of budgetary reforms, fairly drawn legislative districts, and "open-primary" campaigns. California Forward recently embarked on a statewide public outreach effort, soliciting input from engaged citizens in order to develop public policy worthy of this great state. Join us for an eye-opening and engaging conversation, and share your ideas about how to return California's luster as "The Golden State." Your participation is important - critical in fact - to finding ideas to fix our state. Registration has been closed for this event.
Veteran's Affairs $80 Million Project Program Luncheon - Thursday, March 3, 2011
COL Robert L. Klein of the US Army Corps of Engineers will be the keynote speaker at the March 3 BDA/OC luncheon. COL Klein will share with luncheon attendees how the newly implemented Strategic Capital Investment Planning (SCIP) process will aid in prioritizing construction projects and enhance long range strategic planning. For registration information, visit www.bdaoc.org.
14th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Thursday, March 17, 2011
Join Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly for his 14th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration on March 17. The reception will be held at The Catch in Anaheim, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. For more information or to RSVP, call 714.842.8683 or email email@example.com.
Launch a Creative Revolution - Wednesday, March 30, 2011
During the Annual Creative Edge Lecture, guest speaker Sir Ken Robinson will focus on the vital questions: Why is it essential to promote creativity? Why do so many adults think they're not creative? Can creativity be developed? Sir Ken Robinson urges leaders, managers and educators to upend the status quo and launch a creative revolution to reap the rewards. For registration information, visit www.scfta.org.
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.
Orange County Scholars Luncheon - Friday, May 6, 2011
On May 6, 2011, the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF) will host the Orange County Scholars Luncheon at the Marriott Newport Beach. The event will celebrate Orange County students who are going to college despite incredible odds, thanks to programs like the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif. Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, will be the featured speaker at the luncheon, with industry leaders from both public and private sectors in attendance. Proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and the growth of its programs in Orange County which include the Earl Woods Scholarship program and the Tiger Woods Learning Center. For more information on the Tiger Woods Foundation scholarship program or to attend the Orange County Scholar Luncheon, please call 949-725-3003.
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