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OCBC CEO'S PURPOSE AND PLAN, 2022 OCBC ANNUAL DINNER, BLOOD DONORS NEEDED AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
EYES ON THE BALL -- A PURPOSE AND A PLAN:
  • "I have come to lead The Council after a 40-year career in banking which took me from the teller line to CEO. It was through those experiences that I developed a deep passion for advocating the importance of a strong business community. And that is also a reason why you see me in this role. I have been advocating for the overall business community for many years. In our first meeting together, as OCBC's new leader, I provided this great team with a strong Core Vision and shared a refocused purpose of this organization: To enhance the standard of living for everyone who resides, works or plays in Orange County. OCBC’s purpose is the reason we exist. And this purpose reflects the fact that a strong business community is critical not just to the economy, but to the well-being of society as a whole," said Jeffrey Ball, OCBC's President and CEO. Read the full message.
REGISTER FOR 2022 OCBC ANNUAL DINNER:
  • Join us on Feb. 10 at Disneyland Resort for the 2022 OCBC Annual Dinner presented by The Orange County Register! Help us 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!

*All guests are required to present either proof of full vaccination (two weeks since your final dose) or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the event date. Face coverings are also required for all guests, unless actively eating or drinking.
OC'S MOST 125 INFLUENTIAL:
  • The Orange County Register recently released an article on OC’s 125 top influencers for 2021. The diverse list highlighted people who made a difference throughout the year and included OCBC’s President and CEO, Lucy Dunn, and OCBC’s 2021 Chair, Jena Jensen. Lucy and Jena have done a phenomenal job guiding OCBC as a business of impact and County resource throughout the pandemic. Many of OCBC's members made the list as well. OCBC congratulates Annette Walker, President of City of Hope Orange County, Michele Richards, CEO of the OC Fair & Event Center, and Maricela Rios-Faust, CEO of Human Options, Inc. Keep up the great work!  
COMMUNITY RESOURCES
CITY OF HOPE NEEDS BLOOD DONORS:
  • Join City of Hope Newport Beach Fashion Island on Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the monthly community drive. There is a nationwide shortage of much-needed blood products, and the blood donation center is critically low on inventory. Schedule your appointment here and enter sponsor code COHN or call (626) 218-7171. More details.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
IRWD RECEIVES HIGH HONORS:
  • Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) has received The Climate Registry's gold-level status for demonstrating exceptional leadership in meeting rigorous voluntary greenhouse gas reporting criteria. The distinction was bestowed after nine years of verified greenhouse gas inventories reported through 2019. IRWD’s 2020 greenhouse gas inventory is being processed for approval and will soon qualify the District for 10 years of verified reporting. Read more.
DISNEYLAND RESORT IS A COMPANY THAT CARES:
  • The OCBJ recently recognized the Disneyland Resort for outstanding service to the local community through its Companies that Care 2021 Awards. Last year, Disneyland Resort gave $20M in cash and in-kind donations, donated a half million pounds of food to local food banks, distributed 79,000 pounds of personal protective equipment to healthcare workers, and provided 40,000 hours of service by Disney VoluntEARS.
OCTA BOARD SELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN:
  • Orange County Transportation Authority announced yesterday the unanimous election of Orange Mayor Mark A. Murphy as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. He served as the Board's Vice Chairman for the last year and is responsible for planning, funding, and delivering transportation improvement projects and public transit for OC. Yorba Linda Mayor Pro Tem Gene Hernandez will serve as Vice Chairman. Learn more.
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 VIP reception sponsor, UCI; gold sponsors, Brookfield Properties, Disneyland Resort, Experian and FivePoint Holdings, LLC; silver sponsors, AAA, The Boeing Company, BIA-SC, City of Hope Orange County, HNTB, JPMorgan Chase, Ontario International Airport, SDG&E, SoCalGas, Southern California Edison and U.S. Bank; and bronze sponsors, Anaheim Public Utilities, Cal State Fullerton, Charter Communications, Curt Pringle & Associates, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Goodwill of Orange County, Jamboree, LSA, MemorialCare, Nossaman LLP, Orange County Department of Education, South Orange County Community College District and Transportation Corridor Agencies.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS*
TOMORROW! January 12 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held virtually.
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.

January 19 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held virtually.
OCBC's Economic Development Committee will be discussing China's Economy, the Biden Administration's policies towards China and how they impact Orange County's economy. The featured speakers are Robert Mead, Associate Professor of Economics at California State University Fullerton and Jeremie Waterman, VP of China Policy and President of the U.S. Chamber's China Center.

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.

February 9 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held in a hybrid format.
In partnership with First 5 Orange County, hear from representatives from SoCal Gas, Applied Medical and others on the significant benefits of having strong childcare services for your employees, as well as a conversation on how your organization can expand your childcare offerings.
OCBC members, to attend in person, please notify, Jesse Ben-Ron, OCBC VP Workforce and Economic Development OR register here to attend 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.