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OC COMMUNITY INDICATORS ONE WEEK AWAY, REGIONAL BROADBAND WORKSHOP, CONGRATS NINA BOYD AND MORE!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
2021-22 ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY INDICATORS REPORT ROLLOUT:
  • Join OCBC virtually on Sept. 16 for the release of the 2021-22 OC Community Indicators which tracks the which tracks the region’s health and prosperity and shows where the county is performing well and making progress. Hear from Dr. Wallace Walrod, OCBC's Chief Economic Advisor, on how the COVID-19 pandemic's "lost year" will impact OC's economy, which pandemic-driven shifts in consumer behavior will last beyond 2021, how the rise of remote work affects OC’s housing and labor markets and much more! A special thank you to report and event partners, CalOptima, First 5 Orange County, Orange County Community Foundation and Orange County United Way. Thanks to our partner and sponsor support, attendance is complimentary. Register today!

REGIONAL BROADBAND WORKSHOP: CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE:
  • Join OCBC and the members of the Los Angeles / Orange County Regional Broadband Consortia for a virtual workshop on Oct. 8 highlight examples of successful public-private partnerships and regional leadership to bring high quality internet service to residents, students, and businesses across SoCal. Register here.

NINA BOYD PROMOTED TO DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF OPERATIONS:
  • OCBC congratulates Nina Boyd on her new role as Deputy Superintendent of Operations at Orange County Department of Education (OCDE). OCBC is excited to have Boyd's continued leadership on our Board of Directors.
ADVOCACY
OCBC, BIZ LEADERS CALL FOR EMPLOYER LIABILITY PROTECTIONS WITHOUT PAID SICK LEAVE EXTENSION:
  • OCBC urged state legislators to not include last-minute budget language that would tie critically important efforts to increase employee vaccination rates with expensive and onerous mandates on businesses. While the business community supports liability protections for employers looking to increase vaccination rates among employees, efforts were underway to tie extended paid sick leave to these protections. Thanks to our efforts this bill is not advancing, but stay tuned for potential executive orders from the Governor's Office. Read the letter.

EDD REFORMS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
  • OCBC encourages the Governor to sign AB 110, a bill by OC Assemblymembers Cottie Petrie-Norris and Phillip Chen, passed unanimously by the State Senate and Assembly. The bill requires the Employment Development Department (EDD) to cross-check incarceration records with the CA Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to prevent paying fraudulent benefits. EDD has failed to detect and prevent as much as $31 billion in fraud by inmates ineligible for unemployment benefits. AB 110 helps curtail organized fraud schemes.
COVID-19 FACTS
OCHCA'S LATEST UPDATES:
OC Health Care Agency urges residents to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
  • Get vaccinated if you are not yet fully vaccinated
  • Wear a mask indoors
  • Avoid crowded areas and events, especially indoors
  • Maintain physical distancing in poorly ventilated areas
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer regularly
  • Avoid traveling if you are unvaccinated
  • Get tested if you are exposed to or experience symptoms of COVID-19

These precautions help protect others who are most at risk of contracting COVID-19, particularly those who are immune compromised, at increased risk of severe disease, not fully vaccinated, or not yet eligible for vaccination (children under age 12). Learn more.

MESSAGE FROM CHOC:
  • "Children's Hospital of Orange County, along with many other children's hospitals in our nation, are asking all Americans to take the scientifically proven measures to protect our children: Vaccinate, wear masks, social distance, and wash hands. Together, we can keep our children safer." View here.
TURNING RED TAPE INTO RED CARPET NOMINEE SPOTLIGHT
CITY OF PLACENTIA’S LYNCH EMS PARTNERSHIP FOR 911/ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT SERVICES:
  • The City of Placentia’s partnership with Lynch EMS for 911/Advanced Life Support services is nominated for the Public-Private Partnership Award! Over the next 15 years, Placentia is projected to save approximately $49.8 million in taxpayer dollars while reducing local response times by several minutes. The City’s new service model has created a more resilient, emergency oriented and resident focused approach to serve the community. Which nominees will win this year’s prestigious awards? Find out Nov. 4 from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Details to come!
MEMBERS IN THE NEWS
SOCALGAS FACILITIES SWITCH TO 100% RENEWABLE POWER UNDER GREEN RATE PROGRAM:
  • SoCalGas announced yesterday that it began purchasing 100% renewable electricity under SoCal Edison’s (SCE) Green Rate programs. SoCalGas will purchase nearly 53.7 million kilowatt hours of power from renewable sources each year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 38,000 metric tons annually, the equivalent of taking more than 8,000 gasoline-powered cars off the road each year. The purchase also makes SoCalGas one of the largest SCE renewable energy customers. More information.

VERIZON AND ORANGE UNIFIED CONNECT UNDERSERVED STUDENTS WITH FREE TECHNOLOGY:
  • In partnership with Digital Promise, Portola and Yorba middle schools have joined Verizon's Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) grant program. The program equips every student and teacher at select schools with a device and data plan, and provides students without reliable home internet access with a mobile hotspot. The initiative currently serves nearly 500 schools nationwide, equipping more than 200,000 students with technology resources. Learn more.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND MEETINGS
EVENTS
2021 Workforce Development Conference
October 7 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join OCBC virtually for the 2021 Workforce Development Conference to hear how Orange County leaders are strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, how childcare impacts employees, some of the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and much more!
Thank you, Title Sponsor, Union Bank; Gold Sponsors, Amazon and California State University, Fullerton; and Silver Sponsor, Wells Fargo. Register today!

CSUF/OCBC 27th Annual Economic Forecast Conference
October 20 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join OCBC and California State University, Fullerton virtually for the 27th Annual Economic Forecast Conference: A Brave New World – Resiliency, Recovery and Reflation on October 20! You won’t want to miss critical economic insight presented by Dr. Anil Puri and Dr. Mira Farka, CSUF. Thank you Title Sponsor, U.S. Bank, Platinum Sponsor, Commercial Bank of California, and Gold Sponsors, Infinity Bank and Wells Fargo. Thanks to our incredible sponsors, this event is complimentary to attend. Register today!

For more information about OCBC Events contact Lauren Martin, OCBC Events Manager.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS*
September 10 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Join OCBC virtually to hear from Congresswoman Katie Porter and County of Orange Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich.
OCBC members, contact Connor Medina, OCBC Government Affairs Manager, to register.

September 14 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Join OCBC virtually for a meeting with Jim Herberg, General Manager of Orange County Sanitation District, for a briefing on OC San’s capital improvement program and other updates.
OCBC members, contact Connor Medina, OCBC Government Affairs Manager, to register.

September 15 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Join OCBC virtually for the opportunity to hear Jim Mayfield, Director, U.S. Export Assistance Center-Orange County, discuss the impacts of the pandemic on trade in the Orange County and Southern California region and Treyland Bradley, Senior Business Development Specialist – Los Angeles Region, Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development discuss California's pandemic business recovery programs.
OCBC members, register here.

*OCBC Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to OCBC members.
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