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Housing Victory: MemorialCare Senior Housing Project Moves Forward
OCBC was proud to support MemorialCare in achieving approval from the City of San Clemente to reuse a former hospital site for 250 senior housing units, 20 of which will be affordable to very low-income units. The project also includes an adjacent medical office. OCBC testified at the Planning Commission and City Council to make the business community’s support for new housing clear. This project adds sorely needed housing for elderly residents, who are the only population segment expected to grow in Orange County between now and 2060, per OCBC’s 2022-23 OC Community Indicators Report. Seniors moving in to the new MemorialCare site could also open up housing opportunities for younger residents and families. OCBC thanks Councilmembers Chris Duncan, Steve Knoblock and Laura Ferguson for voting YES on this crucial project. For more information, click here.
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Concordia University Irvine Receives $3 million Hispanic-Serving Institution Grant
The U.S. Department of Education awarded Concordia University Irvine a $3 million Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) grant, the largest federal grant in the university’s history, to enhance support services for undergraduate and Hispanic students. “This grant enables us to provide support to help students thrive in college and beyond,” said Concordia Vice President Dr. Peter Senkbeil. The university’s HSI initiative, Avanzando: Access and Success, will increase early success of Hispanic, first-generation and low-income students by expanding already existing programs and student services and adding new ones. Concordia, the fourth HSI university in Orange County, joins UCI, Cal State Fullerton and Vanguard University in preparing this group of students for the workplace.
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OC Students Outperform State Peers
According to the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), a report released last month by the California Department of Education revealed that despite the academic impacts of pandemic-era disruptions, Orange County students are continuing to outperform their peers across the state. Orange County students in grades three through eight and 11 scored consistently higher in English language arts, mathematics and science than the rest of the state. Local scores also topped the neighboring counties of San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino in all grade levels. 
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Business Professionals Needed for Student Leadership Summit
Vital Link, an Orange County-based nonprofit that prepares students for their future careers, is looking for volunteer speakers for its Nov. 30 Student Leadership Summit in Garden Grove. Business professionals from a cross section of businesses, who are willing to help shape the future workforce, are encouraged to lead a workshop, have an exhibit booth or be a panelist or student mentor. For details and to learn how to get involved, contact Emily Jackson at
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Judges Needed for Student Business Management Competition 
OC Pathways, a program of the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), is looking for volunteers from local businesses to score student business plan presentations Dec. 5 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at OCDE’s Costa Mesa offices. Middle and high school students from around Orange County will be participating in the Virtual Enterprises International Western Region competition as part of a Business Management CTE pathway which provides skills-based career experiences. Email Julie Arias if you or your organization are interested in volunteering.  
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2022 Holiday Reception
Join OCBC, Orange County Realtors and the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to celebrate a successful year and the holiday season at the 2022 Holiday Reception at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine in Irvine. This is a members-only, complimentary event. The standing reception will offer drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Space is limited and RSVPs are required. If you are a member of OCBC or OC Realtors, please RSVP to Yasmin McGough at If you are a member of OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, please RSVP to Edna Ruiz at Thank you to sponsor T-Mobile.
2023 Annual Dinner and
Installation of Board of Directors
The 2023 Annual Dinner and Installation of Board of Directors will be a night dedicated to reflecting on the year’s successes while looking toward opportunities. Join us in recognizing the leadership of 2022 Board Chair Dave Bartlett and welcoming new 2023 Board Chair Jodi Duva. Thank you to chairman sponsor Cox Communications, silver sponsor Automobile Club of Southern California, and bronze sponsors Girl Scouts of Orange County and Verizon. Additional event and registration details coming soon.
Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to Business Council investors.
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November 16
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

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November 17
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

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December 2
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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December 13
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

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January 11, 2023
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

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  • The Arts and Learning Conservatory is seeking a Chief Operating Officer. The Costa Mesa-based nonprofit, which offers accessible and equitable performing arts to all children throughout Southern California, serves 1,000 children annually. Learn more here.  
  • With tourism being a critical sector to Southern California’s economy—especially Orange County—learn about OC destination updates and more at Visit Anaheim’s Annual Meeting 2022 on Dec. 15. Presenters include John Wayne Airport Director Charlene Reynolds, Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta and Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock. Registration required.
  • Join the OC Sports Commission as they partner with ESPN for the annual Wooden Legacy Tournament Nov. 23-24 in Anaheim. Now in its 16th year, the NCAA basketball tournament features D1 teams. Click here for discounted tickets.
  • Join Orange County Department of Education for the virtual Ninth Annual OC Pathways Showcase on Dec. 7. The free event marks 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. Learn how Orange County's education system is preparing middle and high school students for careers in your business. Registration required.
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