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Disney Announces Storyliving, New Residential Communities
Disney enthusiasts who want to make that special brand of magic a bigger part of their lives will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves through Storyliving by Disney. The first of these master-planned communities, Cotino in Rancho Mirage, will feature estates, single family homes, condominiums, a senior section for residents 55 and older, a hotel, shopping, dining and more. Learn more.
SoCalGas Leads the Way in Hydrogen Energy
Did you know SoCalGas plans to develop the United States' largest green hydrogen energy infrastructure system to help decarbonize LA Basin and accelerate California's climate goals? The proposed Angeles Link would deliver green hydrogen to the Los Angeles Basin for use in dispatchable electric generation, hard to electrify manufacturing, and heavy-duty transportation, creating a cornerstone for California's hydrogen economy. Read more or check out this video to learn more. 
OCBC's 2022 OC Healthcare IT & Cybersecurity Workforce Report
Thanks to generous financial support from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and research from OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Wallace Walrod, the Council is proud to release this report on the state of Healthcare Information Technology and Cybersecurity in Orange County and where the two industries are headed. Read the report, which provides a comprehensive understanding of the demand for these occupations and the skills necessary to be proficient in them.
Understand Impact to Business Electric Rate Options with New OC Power Authority
Changes to electricity bills are coming for businesses in Buena Park, Huntington Beach, Irvine and Fullerton. Business customers will be automatically switched to new energy sources with renewable energy options from the Orange County Power Authority. These changes are effective in April, and the recently released rate structure is 4% to 7% higher than current rates. Business customers can choose to not be enrolled or select an alternative renewable energy sourced plan at a lower cost. Residential customers will face a similar choice later in the year. Learn more
Q&A with The Council's President and CEO Jeff Ball
Q: What's the best piece of leadership advice you've received?
A: You have to be positive, love what you do and lead by example.
Q:What aspect of your job excites you out of bed in the morning?
A: I value having the opportunity to work with people -- every person comes with their own unique story and base of experiences, and I enjoy learning about others through day-to-day collaboration. 

Q: How do you manage high-pressure situations?
A: I try to focus on what I can control and prioritize myself accordingly.
Q: What is your favorite way to unwind after a long week?
A: When you love what you do, it isn't necessarily unwinding but rather focusing on other activities. On the weekends, I enjoy any opportunity to be outdoors, especially if it's near a baseball field. 
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Orange County?
A: The weather! I feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful place with fabulous beaches, fantastic food choices and wonderful people who appreciate how unique Orange County is -- I am so proud to live and work here!

Read the full Q&A here, and watch for more Leadership Spotlights with Orange County's key business and government leaders soon!
Workforce Development: Child Care Impact on Business
OCBC's Workforce Development Committee recently hosted First 5 Orange County for a discussion on how inadequate child care impacts Orange County's economy. First 5 OC's findings show that the lack of child care options in the county creates $4.3B in lost productivity and wages, $372M annually in lost tax revenue and 67,000 lost jobs. Stakeholders at all levels, including the business community, must do more to overcome these shortfalls. Read more in the Orange County Child Care Landscape Analysis. To learn more, contact Jesse Ben-Ron, OCBC's VP of Workforce and Economic Development.
Workforce Housing: Real Estate Trends, Affordable Developments
During OCBC's latest Workforce Housing Committee meeting, Steven Thomas, Chief Economist for Reports on Housing, and OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor, Dr. Wallace Walrod, outlined economic factors influencing a "supply catastrophe" that results in new homes being bought at alarmingly fast rates. Laura Archuleta of Jamboree Housing, and Helen O'Sullivan of NeighborWorks OC and Orange County Housing Trust provided updates on numerous significant affordable housing projects in the pipeline, including the Trust's support of the Center of Hope in Anaheim. To get involved, contact Connor Medina, OCBC's Government Affairs Manager.
Celebrating Trailblazing Leadership of Black Women in Politics
OCBC celebrates the leadership of Black women who have gone on to run, win and make history as the first Black women in their elected seats, including Letitia Clark, Mayor of Tustin. Join Emerge California for an Instagram Live on Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. for a conversation on what it means to change the face of elected power! Know a Black woman leader in your community who should run for office? Recommend her.
TOMORROW! Your Health is Your Wealth: Health & Wellness in Business
Join the US SBA OCIE District Office on Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. for a dynamic webinar focused on full body, mind, and spiritual wellness, which is essential to run a successful business. This program will feature entrepreneurial speakers who help make a difference in their communities and recognize the importance of healthy choices to live a full life. Take the first step toward a more successful future as an entrepreneur as your health is your wealth.
OCBJ Special Report: Celebrating Black Business
Check out OCBJ's special report celebrating Black Businesses, featuring a segment honoring Black Chamber Business Diamonds -- including OCBC Board Member Samuel Johnson! These Diamonds are the epitome of positive motivation and embody professionalism and dedication to Orange County Communities. For 38 years and counting, Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce’s strong relationships and partnerships have been a fundamental part of their success.
National CORE Issues $100M In Series 2022 Social Bonds
National CORE's recent issuance of $100M in Taxable Bonds, Series 2022 (Social Bonds) marks only the second time bonds have been made available by a nonprofit affordable housing developer in the United States. The bond proceeds will finance the acquisition, development, and preservation of high-quality affordable multifamily housing. Learn more.
Congratulations to KLM Strategies' Kris Murray!
Congratulations to Kris Murray on her recent appointment to serve as Chair of the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board! Water is a vital part of infrastructure that requires thoughtful planning for the future. The Council appreciates your service! Learn more.
Join OCBC and connect with the most influential companies and top executives actively engaged in creating a pro-business environment and prosperous economy. Hundreds of Orange County's leading businesses, cities and non-profit organizations represent an elite group from every industry cluster. But we need YOUR VOICE! For more info, contact Natalie Rubalcava, OCBC Chief Operating Officer.
OCBC Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to OCBC members.
Click the committee meeting link to learn more about the specific topics and issues that will be covered and any special guest speakers.
Special thanks to our Title Sponsor: Southern California Edison! Thank you to all our sponsors: AAA, Disneyland Resort, American Career College & West Coast University, Irvine Ranch Water District, KLM Strategies and SoCalGas.
A special thank you our sponsors! Title Sponsor: The Orange County Register; Platinum Sponsor: Amazon; VIP Reception Sponsor: UCI; Gold Sponsors: Brookfield Properties, Disneyland Resort, Experian and FivePoint Holdings, LLC; Silver Sponsors: AAA, Bank of America, The Boeing Company, BIA-SC, City of Hope Orange County, HNTB, JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, Ontario International Airport, SDG&E, SoCalGas, Southern California Edison and U.S. Bank; and bronze sponsors, American Career College & West Coast University West Coast University, Anaheim Public Utilities, CalOptima, Cal State Fullerton, Charter Communications, Chevron, Cox Business, CSUF College of Business, Curt Pringle & Associates, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Goodwill of Orange County, Idea Hall, Jamboree, LSA, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, MemorialCare, Nossaman LLP, Orange County Department of Education, Rancho Mission Viejo, SCAG, South Orange County Community College District, Transportation Corridor Agencies, Tri Pointe Homes, University of Massachusetts Global, UPS, Verizon, Wells Fargo and WSP USA.