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OCBC APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO, NEW INFRASTRUCTURE BILL TO BENEFIT OC, PERFECT STORM HOUSING SERIES AND MORE!
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OCBC APPOINTS JEFFREY BALL AS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO:
  • Last Thursday evening, OCBC announced the appointment of Jeffrey Ball as its new President and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2022. An accomplished executive and financial industry leader with experience in both the private and public sector, Ball currently serves as President and CEO at Friendly Hills Bank in Whittier where he utilized his entrepreneurial abilities to lead the bank through its initial founding, state and federal bank charter status, Initial Public Offering, development of new products and services, and continual revenue growth. We are excited to welcome Jeff to the organization as we continue #EmbracingChange into 2022 and beyond. Read the full press release and OC Register article.
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.
NEW INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WILL HELP OC:
  • Last week, Congress approved a sweeping federal infrastructure bill that will bring billions of dollars in new transportation funding nationally and help elevate OC transportation. The $1.2T Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is a balanced program that will bring improvements to highways, and bus and rail transit. In all, nearly half of the bill, or $567B, will go toward transportation programs. Learn more
OCBC COMMITTEE MEETING RECAPS:
DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION:
  • On Nov. 16, OCBC hosted Dr. Bobbie Porter, CSUF's Assistant VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to discuss how CSUF identifies, recruits and retains a diverse talent pool. Some major takeaways included the importance of a diverse workforce, diversity in your industry or organization, creating equitable policies, and unspoken rules that drive your culture and may affect your diverse workforce. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
  • On Nov. 18, OCBC hosted Katie Kalvoda, President and CEO of AdvanceOC and Dr. Wallace Walrod, Chief Economic Advisor for OCBC. Katie discussed AdvanceOC's creation of a Social Progress Index to measure, track and map inequities in OC, which covers topics such as basic medical care, education, home ownership, broadband access and much more. It is a great resource for policy makers, educators, healthcare providers philanthropists and residents alike. Dr. Walrod gave an economic update on the SoCal and OC economy as well the flow of people residing in OC during 2019.  

For more information on either of these topics, please contact Jesse Ben-Ron
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET WINNER'S SPOTLIGHT:
IRVINE RANCH WATER DISTRICT’S WATER BANKING PROGRAM:
  • Congratulations to Irvine Ranch Water District (IRWD) for winning the Sustainable and Green Development Award for the Water Banking Program! IRWD’s water banking projects in Kern County gives IRWD the rights to use portions of State Water Project water to ensure reliability during dry years. By capturing water that would otherwise be lost to the ocean in wet years, the stored water can be recovered during dry years to meet 15% of IRWD customers’ needs.
*HONORABLE MENTION* TRANSPORTATION CORRIDOR AGENCIES’ CONSERVATION GRAZING PILOT PROGRAM:
  • Congratulations to Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) for receiving the Sustainable and Green Development Honorable Mention for the Conservation Grazing Pilot Program! TCA is using grazing livestock to improve and maintain the biodiversity of natural areas as a science-based approach to manage the 23.2-acre Live Oak Plaza Conservation Area northeast of the 241 Toll Road. Grazing supports the habitat of threatened native species and mitigates fire risk. The cattle grazing program is the first of its kind in OC.
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
CHRYSALIS HITS MAGICAL MILESTONES:
  • Since Nov. 2018, Chrysalis has served over 2,000 individuals and placed 600 in jobs through the support of the OC community. This month, Chrysalis celebrates their third year as a member of the Anaheim community as well as receiving a cumulative $1M in support from fellow OCBC member, Disneyland Resort, which has been a champion for Chrysalis’ mission, and the partnership continues to be a driving force in helping break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Keep up the great teamwork! Photographed are three Disney VoluntEARS helping fill Chrysalis resource room.
BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
TODAY! "NO LUNCH" LUNCH:
  • Join Second Harvest Food Bank at 11:45 a.m. their second ever virtual "No Lunch" Lunch. Hear a 20-minute update on the state of hunger in OC and nutritional security. Join here.

PERFECT STORM HOUSING SERIES:
  • Join Building Industry Association of California (BIASC) on Nov. 4 at noon for the kickoff their Perfect Storm Educational Series. The series aims to give builders, associates, and all their employees a deeper understanding on how strict building industry regulatory elements will impact them. Learn more.

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 is open until Dec. 21. Learn more.

PROTECT SENSITIVE AND PERSONAL INFORMATION FROM DATA BREACHES:
  • With Black Friday and Cyber Monday quickly approaching the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is working to ensure everyone takes the proper steps to protect sensitive and personal. Read CISA's fact sheet to learn how to to prevent a ransomware attack and practice good cyber hygiene. 
OCBC'S UPCOMING EVENTS
EVENTS
2022 Annual Dinner and Installation of Board of Directors
February 10, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Mark your calendar to join OCBC at Disneyland Hotel on Feb. 10 for 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!
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.