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Join us on June 15 for the 2022 Energy Forum!
NEXT WEEK! Don't miss the chance to learn from our top local energy experts on the status and implications of California's climate goals, emerging technology that could revolutionize the power industry, what practices businesses can implement to satisfy both climate goals and energy needs, and more topics impacting Orange County businesses!
Hear from expert panelists from Southern California Edison, SoCalGas, UCI, Clean Energy Fuels, Western States Petroleum Association and Bloom Energy. Thank you to Business Council Board Members, Rick Nogueira of JPMorgan Chase and Jodi Duva of Cox Business for moderating these important discussions.

A special thank you to title sponsor Southern California Edison, gold sponsor SoCalGas and silver sponsors AT&T, OCREI and Verizon. Register today!
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OCDE's $18.1 million grant will provide new pathways to career opportunities
OCBC investor Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) is one of the first six recipients to be awarded an $18.1 million grant from California’s K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program. Designed to create regional education-to-career pipelines, the award will provide new pathways to career opportunities—a long-standing commitment of OCDE—for students in their local communities, addressing equity challenges in higher education and workforce education. Partnering with OCDE will be Rancho Santiago Community College District, CSU Fullerton, and UC Irvine to bring programs in education, health care, business management, and engineering/computing that offer career preparation and college credit attainment. If you’re an employer that wants to get involved in helping our local schools and colleges build coursework and programs that can fill your talent needs, please contact Jesse Ben-Ron at
Photo courtesy of OCDE.
Hear from Business Council CEO at ACC-OC Quarterly Dinner Mixer
Join the Association of California Cities, Orange County on Thursday, June 23 for their dinner mixer which will focus on Orange County Economic Development and include a moderated panel discussion with our Business Council President and CEO Jeff Ball and President of CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County Mark Percy.
Photo courtesy of ACC-OC.
Big legislative deadline reached – Which bills are still moving in Sacramento?
Bills in CA had until May 31 to pass their house of origin or be considered dead for the year. The Business Council vigorously advocated on many high-impact bills. Here is a recap of good bills that passed and bad bills we still need help stopping.
  • AB 2893 (Daly), the Business Council’s sponsored bill, sailed through the Assembly unanimously. AB 2893 is a good government bill adding helpful oversight and transparency reforms for agencies proposing major regulations (rules that would have an economic impact of >$50M). Read the 20-member coalition letter.
  • AB 1951 (Grayson), will create a full sales and use tax exemption for the purchase of manufacturing equipment, supports CA manufacturing businesses and jobs. Read the support letter.
  • AB 2836 (E. Garcia), will extend an inventive program that helps businesses reach cost-effective criteria pollutant emission reductions and provides creditable emission reductions toward federal air quality attainment goals. Read the support letter.
  • AB 2840 (Reyes), a job-killer threatening housing and the supply chain by arbitrarily limiting warehouse development. It passed the Assembly on a razor-thin margin. Despite proposed amendments to limit the bill’s scope to Riverside and San Bernardino Counties only, the bill’s detrimental economic impact cannot be understated or ignored. Read the oppose letter.
  • AB 2237 and AB 2438 (Friedman), two related bills that ignore local transportation needs by putting CA on a “road diet” and freezing goods movement. Both bills met the bare minimum number of votes needed. Read the oppose letter.
  • SB 1157 (Hertzberg), a bill the Business Council opposes unless it is amended to be more workable for water districts. Currently, the bill would set indoor residential water use standards so low that water agencies would need to invest billions just to reduce statewide water use by an estimated .5%. Read the oppose-unless-amended letter.
  • SB 1162 (Limón), would publish the pay data reports of employers that could spark frivolous litigation against businesses, despite that data not being intended to compare similarly situated workers or establish unlawful conduct. Read the oppose letter.
Find your Assemblymember and State Senator here to share your thoughts on these key bills! See all bills the Business Council is tracking here.
CHOC'S $2 million gift will help increase school-based mental health services
Business Council investor Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) received a $2 million gift from the Tsao Family Foundation in collaboration with another Business Council investor, Orange County Department of Education, to open 17 WellSpaces on campuses throughout Irvine Unified School District over the next four years. The spaces provide a space of calm with activities such as aromatherapy and journaling to help students build resilience in order to gain a better sense of control and return to learning.
Photo courtesy of CHOC.
2022 Health Care Forum
Embracing Change in Health Care
Don’t miss a candid conversation with Orange County’s health care leaders discussing how they are embracing change in health care. Featured panel announced soon.

A special thank you to title sponsor City of Hope Orange County and gold sponsors Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Kaiser Permanente and MemorialCare.
2022 Washington D.C. Virtual Advocacy Summit
Help make the voice of business heard and advance Orange County’s competitive advantage even further! Join us virtually for targeted meetings with legislators and federal agency leaders to advocate for Orange County’s priorities and gain unparalleled access to elected officials. Registration opening soon. 
Committee meetings are an exclusive benefit offered to The Business Council's investors.
Click the committee meeting link to learn more about the specific topics and issues that will be covered and any special guest speakers.
  • Join the Business Council's team as the new Business Initiative Specialist and support programs and initiatives designed to create measurable change in Orange County's economy. If interested in applying, contact Jesse Ben-Ron, Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development at
  • Business Council investor Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is reimagining OC bus service to better connect residents, workers and visitors to their destinations. Public input is critical to providing efficient public transit service. That’s why OCTA is launching a series of in-person and virtual community meetings and a survey beginning June 14.
  • Join Gospel Voices of OC on June 19 at Chapman University for a Juneteenth concert celebrating the diverse and multi-generational accomplishments of African Americans through the lens of music and dance.
Join Orange County Business Council 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, The Business Council's Chief Operating Officer.