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JOIN OCBC'S 2022 ANNUAL DINNER, DISNEYLAND LEADS THE WAY WITH 19% EMPLOYEE PAY INCREASE, HOLIDAY RECEPTION AND MORE!
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REGISTER FOR OCBC'S 2022 ANNUAL DINNER:
  • Registration is now open for OCBC’s 2022 Annual Dinner on Feb. 10, presented by The Orange County Register! Join us at Disneyland Resort to welcome OCBC's new President and CEO, Jeff Ball, recognize the leadership of 2021 Board Chair, Jena Jensen, install 2022 Board Chair, Dave Bartlett, and wish Lucy Dunn well in her retirement! You won’t want to miss it! Register today!
OCBC A PART OF NEW INNOVATION COUNCIL:
  • Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan recently announced the creation of an Innovation Council comprised of representatives from local businesses, education, and government. The Innovation Council will work to define specific actions needed to help position Irvine as a regional hub of innovation and technology, ultimately aiming to create a collaborative and multifaceted Strategic & Action Plan to help attract, retain, and support scalable, sustainable, and high-growth technology businesses. Learn more
DISNEYLAND LEADS THE WAY WITH 19% EMPLOYEE PAY INCREASE:
  • After first rejecting the proposal last month, on Friday, Dec. 3, the union representing Disneyland cast members agreed on a new contract that includes a 19% pay increase of $3 per hour over three years and bonuses for long-time employees. This agreement avoided a potential disruptive strike that would have impacted Disneyland's park operations in OC. Read more.
NEXT WEEK! JOIN OCBC AT OCPAA'S HOLIDAY RECEPTION:
  • OCBC is pleased to sponsor OCPAA's 25th Annual Holiday Reception and hope you will join us on Dec. 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature a "Who's Who" of Orange County elected officials, staff members, public affairs pros as well as business and community leaders. RSVP today.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
OC PATHWAYS INITIATIVE EARNS GOLDEN BELL AWARD:
  • The California School Boards Association recently presented the prestigious Golden Bell Award to OCDE’s OC Pathways initiative, which connects educators and industry leaders to equip students for college and career success. Congratulations and keep up the great work! Learn more.
BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
GET VACCINATED TO PROTECT AND RECONNECT WITH LOVED ONES:
  • All individuals over the age of 12 are eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. For more information, and to register for an appointment, visit here. If you need help registering for an appointment, call 714-834-2000.

SOCAL'S ECONOMY REMAINS RESILIENT:
  • SoCal has reclaimed 70% of the jobs it lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Wallace Walrod, OCBC’s Chief Economic Advisor, is optimistic about SoCal’s economic recovery noting that the region’s unemployment rate in Oct. was 6.9%, well below the high of 18.1% in May 2020. “By next year’s economic summit the region will likely have regained all of the jobs it lost,” Dr. Walrod said. Orange County continues to lead as the capital of Southern California demonstrating a faster and more robust economic recovery. Read more.

UCI'S 2022 HEALTH CARE FORECAST CONFERENCE:
  • Join UCI’s Center for Health Care Management and Policy’s 2022 Health Care Forecast Conference virtually, Feb. 23 - Feb. 25. The conference will present a near-term forecast of the health care economic and political landscape, with a focus on health care equity. Hear from national experts on what to expect from state and federal policymakers in the coming year, tools available to advance health equity through delivery transformation and much more! Register today for early bird pricing!
OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS
EVENTS
2022 OCBC Annual Dinner and Installation of Board of Directors
February 10, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Register here!
A special thank you title sponsor, The Orange County Register. Thank you to gold sponsor, Experian; silver sponsors, AAA, The Boeing Company, City of Hope Orange County and HNTB; and Bronze Sponsors, Girl Scouts of OC, SDG&E and SoCalGas.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS*
December 14 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
This meeting will feature an update on supply chain issues from speakers representing various transportation modes.
OCBC members, contact Connor Medina, OCBC Government Affairs Manager, to register for this virtual meeting.

December 15 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
This meeting will feature a presentation and discussion on innovative financing mechanisms for workforce housing being explored in Orange County. 
OCBC members, contact Connor Medina, OCBC Government Affairs Manager, to register for this virtual meeting.

January 12 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held in a hybrid format.
OCBC will be hosting the Orange County Workforce Development Board to discuss the no cost services they can provide to the business community, including recruitment services, workplace compliance and workforce training funds. The Workforce Board has the authority to reimburse up to 75% of an employee’s wages while they are receiving On-the-Job Training. These services are available to for-profit businesses, private non-profit organizations, and public sector employers.
OCBC members, to attend in person, please notify, Jesse Ben-Ron, OCBC VP Workforce and Economic Development OR register here to attend via Zoom.

February 4 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The meeting will be held in a hybrid format.
OCBC will host State Senator Pat Bates for a discussion with members. OCBC members, contact Connor Medina, OCBC Government Affairs Manager, to attend in person or register for via Zoom.
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.