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OCBC'S 2022 ANNUAL DINNER, CLB FEATURING KEN POTROCK RECAP, THANK YOU VETERANS, DROUGHT EMERGENCY AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SAVE THE DATE FOR OCBC'S 2022 ANNUAL DINNER:
  • Mark your calendar to join OCBC at Disneyland Hotel on Feb. 10 for OCBC's Annual Dinner and Board Installation. It will be a magical night dedicated to reflecting on the previous year's successes while looking toward future opportunities and #EmbracingChange. The evening will honor OCBC's 2021 Board Chair, Jena Jensen, CHOC, and install the 2022 Board Chair, Dave Bartlett, Brookfield Properties. OCBC is grateful to title sponsor, The Orange County Register, for their commitment to ensuring this year's event is more incredible than ever! More details to come!
ICYMI: OCBC'S CHAIRMAN'S LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST FEATURING KEN POTROCK:
  • OCBC hosted its first in-person event of 2021 on Nov. 9, the Chairman's Leadership Breakfast featuring Ken Potrock, President of the Disneyland Resort, and it was magical! The engaging conversation led by OCBC Board Member, Steve Churm, unearthed how Potrock overcame pandemic challenges to lead Disney's "legendary comeback." The 180 community stakeholders in attendance could feel the impact of Potrock's infectious optimistic spirit to embrace change as an opportunity for growth. Pictured are Steve Churm, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, FivePoint Holdings, LLC; Jena Jensen, Chief Government Relations Officer, CHOC; Ken Potrock; and Lucy Dunn, President and CEO, OCBC.
DROUGHT EMERGENCY - TIME TO CONSERVE: 
  • Metropolitan Water District declared a drought emergency on Nov. 9. “We need immediate action to preserve and stretch our limited State Water Project supplies,” Gloria D. Gray, chair of the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors, stated. “Southern California on average gets about one-third of its water from Northern California via the state project. Next year, we’ll be lucky to get a small fraction of that.” Learn more.
OCBC SALUTES VETERANS
TODAY IS VETERANS DAY
  • Each year on Nov. 11, America observes Veterans Day—a day to express one’s deepest gratitude and sincerest appreciation to American military veterans. OCBC honors their sacrifices and is humbled by their selflessness, bravery, and courage in defense of the nation’s freedom. To all the men and women who have served our great country, we see you, we honor you, we thank you.

UNITED WAY ROCKS! NEW MILESTONE 100+ VETERANS HOUSED:
  • Through United to End Homelessness’ WelcomeHomeOC program, over 100 veterans experiencing homelessness have found a place to call home! Keep the momentum by referring property owners with rental units who may be interested in joining WelcomeHomeOC.
ADVOCACY
HOUSE PASSES HISTORIC INFRASTRUCTURE BILL:
  • After prolonged negotiations, the House passed the $1.2T Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, sending the massive deal to the President’s desk. OCBC thanks OC Representatives Lou Correa, Mike Levin, Alan Lowenthal, Katie Porter and Linda Sánchez for voting yes on this crucial bill. CA is set to receive roughly $23.5B for roads and bridges, $9.45B for transit and $3.5B for water infrastructure over the next five years, among other investments in EV charging, broadband, and additional infrastructure to support a resilient economy and create jobs. OCBC will help ensure OC receives its fair share of funding to improve regional infrastructure.
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET WINNER'S SPOTLIGHT:
COUNTY OF ORANGE’S OC ONE-STOP CENTER MOBILE UNIT:
  • Congratulations to County of Orange for winning the Business Retention and Expansion Award for the Orange County One-Stop Center Mobile Unit! The Mobile One-Stop is a reinvention of the brick-and-mortar OC One-Stop Center, providing business, employment and workforce development services. Since debuting in Feb. 2021, the Mobile Unit has served over 300 clients at numerous locations, providing labor solutions for those who may not be able to commute.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
S&P GLOBAL RATING UPGRADES SAN JOAQUIN HILLS TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCY BONDS: 
  • Transportation Corridor Agencies, aka The Toll Roads of Orange County, S&P Global Ratings has upgraded the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency’s (SJHTCA) senior-lien and junior-lien bonds to A and A- respectively, with outlook stable. The SJHTCA operates the 73 Toll Road. The 73 Toll Road’s robust and ongoing recovery from impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated effects were acknowledged by S&P. The Toll Roads system overall has seen recovery and the negative financial impacts have diminished. Keep up the great work! Learn more.
BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
2021 OC PATHWAYS SHOWCASE: 
  • Join OC Pathways on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. for this year's OC Pathways Showcase - an annual celebration of the partnership between industry and educational leaders and their joint efforts to equip the next generation with the skills necessary to bolster the county's future workforce through Career Technical Education. Register here.

LIGHTING OF THE BAY: 
  • Join Newport Dunes for their 31st Annual Lighting of the Bay on Nov. 26 at dusk. The bay will transform into a winter wonderland for visitors and campers to enjoy. Guests can also check out their annual Christmas Tree Lot open through Nov. 20 to Dec. 21. Learn more.

SPRING 2022 EDITION OF TITAN TAKEOVER:
  • CSUF Career Center invites you to participate in the Spring 2022 Edition of Titan Takeover: Career Exploration Program. Titan Takeover is a mutually beneficial experience for companies to showcase their organization with a hands-on, insider look for students seeking to explore career opportunities in various industries. Options will be available for virtual and in-person. The program is free for businesses to participate and a chance for students to gain insight into the specific skills and qualifications your company seeks in employees. For more information, contact Jesse Ben-Ron.
OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
COMMITTEE MEETINGS*
November 16 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
OCBC's guest speaker will be Dr. Bobbie Porter, Assistant Vice President, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Programs for Cal State Fullerton. Hear how Cal State Fullerton, which employs over 4,000 people, identifies, recruits, attracts and retains a diverse workforce. OCBC members, register here.

November 16 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The meeting will feature updates from San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison.
OCBC members, contact Connor Medina, OCBC Government Affairs Manager, to register.

November 18 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
OCBC's guest speakers will be Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor for OCBC, and Katie Kalvoda, President and Board Chair of AdvanceOC, which brings together leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors to champion equity-oriented, data-driven strategies. Dr. Walrod will discuss migration data and its impact on Orange County's population, and Katie will discuss the work of her organization and their OC Equity Map. OCBC members, register here.

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