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WHO'S TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET? $100M TO SPACE ELECTRICITY, CA UPDATES MASK GUIDANCE, GET VACCINATED AT OC FAIR AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
OCBC NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET AWARDS: 
  • Do you know of a public agency policy, program or leader that is cutting through red tape, eliminating barriers to economic growth and supporting a resilient OC? OCBC can honor them at the 11th Annual Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet Awards on November 4! The Awards recognize the tireless work of local agencies and governments, including cities, special districts, educational institutions and more. Learn more and submit your nomination. For questions, please contact Connor Medina.

IRVINE CO.’S CHAIRMAN DONATES $100M TO CALTECH SPACE ELECTRICITY PROJECT:
  • Donald Bren, Chairman of the Irvine Company, has made a multi-year commitment of more than $100 million to power Caltech project that aims to generate solar power in space and beam it back to earth. The project could change how the world creates and distributes electricity and has the potential to revolutionize everything from overhead power lines to emergency power supplies to more environmentally friendly solar panels and refueling electric cars. Learn more.

BUSINESS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IMPLEMENT VACCINE VERIFICATION AND TESTING:
  • OCBC, along with other statewide business leaders and some of CA’s largest employers,  received recognition in Gov. Newsom's recent announcement regarding their proactive efforts to keep businesses open safely. Learn more.

DISNEYLAND REQUIRES ALL SALARIED AND NON-UNION EMPLOYEES TO GET VACCINATED:
  • With employee safety the top priority, Disney has given employees two months to get fully vaccinated in light of the highly contagious delta variant and the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Read more.

CA UPDATES MASK GUIDANCE AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES REQUIREMENTS:
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OCBC CONGRATULATES BOARD MEMBERS HORI AND BALSAMO FOR NEW LEADERSHIP ROLES:
  • OCBC commends the leadership of Susan Hori, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and Co-Chair of OCBC's Workforce Housing Committee, who was selected as 2021-2023 Chair of Urban Land Institute's Orange County/Inland Empire District Council, and applauds Mike Balsamo, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Rancho Mission Viejo, for his Chairmanship of South Orange County Economic Coalition. OCBC is thrilled to see its Board Members serve in these additional regional leadership roles, which amplifies OCBC's voice on core pillar areas of housing and economic development.

CSUF RECEIVES $2M IN FUNDING:
  • $1 million of CSUF's state budget appropriations will go toward the Fullerton Arboretum. Another $1 million will be dedicated as seed money to begin planning on “The Gateway” pedestrian bridge that will link the campus’s College Park building with the main campus across Nutwood Avenue. Read more.

SOCALGAS TO FUND DEVELOPMENT OF HYDROGEN FUEL CELL SWITCHER RAIL LOCOMOTIVE:
ADVOCACY
OCBC CONTINUES ADVOCACY ON MAJOR BILLS IN LEGISLATURE:
  • While there have been numerous legislative victories for OC’s business community, many bills are still moving in Sacramento. Bills OCBC supports include AB 537 and SB 556, two bills expanding reliable high-speed internet access, and SB 9 and SB 10, which help address CA's housing supply crisis. OCBC strongly opposes AB 701, which would cause increased litigation risks for warehouses, and AB 1041, which burdens employers by broadly and unnecessarily expanding employee leave. Click here to learn more about OCBC’s priority bills. 
BUSINESS RESOURCES
NEW FUNDING ROUNDS FOR CA SMALL BUSINESS COVID-19 RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM:

CYBER SECURITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MISSION TO SOUTH AMERICA:  
  • From Oct. 18 to Oct. 25, U.S. firms and trade associations will learn from South America's most rapidly growing information and communication technology (ICT), security, and critical infrastructure protection markets. The mission will help U.S. companies find business partners to export their products and services to the region. Learn more.  
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
VISIT THE OC FAIR AND GET VACCINATED:

UNITED WAY'S UNITED TO END HOMELESSNESS MONTHLY UPDATE:  
  • WelcomeHomeOC has housed over 473 individuals in 311 homes. There are currently 72 property owners in the network and 36,015 people engaged through public awareness, events and social media. View the full update.  
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
EVENTS
LEA Reception
August 31 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Formerly “Latino Educational Attainment,” LEA is now “Leading Educational Attainment for Families” as the program has expanded to meet the needs of Orange County’s ever-growing ethnic diversity. LEA changes the lives of hundreds of families every year by educating and empowering them to be active in their child’s educational attainment. Join OCBC virtually on August 31 to celebrate 17 years of helping these families succeed! Register for free here. Thank you title sponsor, SoCalGas.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS*
August 4 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Hear from major employers in Orange County on how to construct a DE&I plan and how to hold yourself accountable through metrics and benchmarks. 
OCBC members, register here.

August 11 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Featuring a discussion with Ian Williamson, Dean of UCI Paul Merage School of Business and Sridhar Sundaram, Dean of CSUF College of Business and Economics.
OCBC members, register here.

*OCBC Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to OCBC members.
NOT AN OCBC MEMBER? JOIN TODAY!
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.