OCBC Honors Government Agencies Cutting Red Tape in 11th Annual “Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet” Awards
Irvine, CA – November 4, 2021 – Orange County Business Council (OCBC) presented its prestigious “Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet” awards to cities and agencies throughout Orange County whose efforts eliminate barriers to economic growth and foster private sector jobs creation.
Now in its eleventh year, OCBC’s groundbreaking awards program received a record-breaking 44 nominations for the following six award categories: Business Retention and Expansion, Building & Land Reuse and Community Development, Incorporating Innovative Technology, Sustainable and Green Development, Public-Private Partnership, and Leadership in Public Service. Winners were selected by a committee of seven leaders in business and local government. OCBC applauds each applicant for its dedication to Orange County’s growth and prosperity and congratulates all public agencies striving to streamline bureaucracy and support business as the region continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
To view details on all the nominees, click here.
This year’s award winners are:
Business Retention and Expansion Program Award, which recognizes development projects that are purpose-built or adaptively reused to create jobs and housing.
County of Orange: Orange County One-Stop Center Mobile Unit
The Mobile One-Stop Center, a reinvention of the brick-and-mortar version, has provided more than 300 clients with business, employment and workforce development services since debuting in February 2021. Learn more.
Building & Land Reuse and Community Revitalization Program Award, which applauds economic development initiatives that grow and retain businesses within communities.
City of Stanton: Project Homekey
Through Project Homekey, and in collaboration with Jamboree Housing and the County of Orange, the City of Stanton committed $5 million to acquire and rehabilitate two motel properties into 132 permanent supportive housing units for homeless individuals. Learn more.
(Honorable Mention) City of Santa Ana & Community Development Partners: Casa Querencia
Casa Querencia is a 56-unit permanent supportive housing community for chronically homeless individuals in Santa Ana featuring a partnership with Mercy House for supportive services to residents and on-site case management by OC Health Care Agency. Learn more.
Incorporating Innovative Technology Program Award, which highlights creative use of technology and modernization of infrastructure.
South Orange County Community College District: Fully Online Bidding, Contracting and Public Procurement Organization
The District’s online transition of its public procurement activities, including the district-wide implementation of the Jaggaer Contracts Management System (CMS) and the PlanetBids system, has processed 2,686 contracts valued at over $327 million and increased contractor outreach by 300%. Learn more.
(Honorable Mention) City of Newport Beach: Online Data Dashboards
The City of Newport Beach’s online Dashboards are an interactive mapping and data app that enables residents to view all City-related activities, including construction projects, recent police/fire response calls, flight paths and noise, and short-term lodging rentals, in real-time. Learn more.
Sustainable and Green Development Program Award, which acknowledges the important connection between economic and environmental sustainability.
Irvine Ranch Water District: Water Banking Program
Irvine Ranch Water District’s (IRWD) water banking projects in Kern County gives IRWD the rights to portions of State Water Project stores 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. Learn more.
(Honorable Mention) Transportation Corridor Agencies: Conservation Grazing Pilot Program
The first program of its kind in Orange County, Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) uses grazing livestock to manage the 23.2-acre Live Oak Plaza Conservation Area northeast of the 241 Toll Road, which maintains biodiversity, supports the habitat of threatened native species and mitigates fire risk. Learn more.
Public Private Partnership Award, which showcases outstanding initiatives developed with collaboration between the public and private sectors.
The City of Placentia sought to enhance fire and emergency medical services (EMS) services through a partnership with Lynch EMS, who provide ambulances and staff to the City for $1 million a year, $3 million less annually than they previously paid. This public-private partnership resulted in 19% more daily calls than the previous service provider, an 85% reduction in aid required from neighboring cities, and faster response times. Learn more.
Leadership in Public Service Award, commends leaders who are stepping up to support the private sector and working diligently to help their communities thrive.
City of Anaheim: Community Care Response Team AND
City of Anaheim and Orange County Conservation Corps: Mission Task Request – CalOES
OCBC recognized the City of Anaheim with this year’s Leadership in Public Service Award for the City’s exemplary work on two programs’ combined impacts in assisting vulnerable community members during a time of crisis.
Anaheim Community Care Response Team (CCRT) is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to address homelessness by expanding and enhancing outreach. CCRT answers all non-emergency homeless calls and provides mental health and transitional services and resources. On average, 27% of all contacted homeless individuals accept shelter. Thus far, 726 individuals have entered shelter or housing and 32 are in permanent housing. Learn more.
Orange County Conservation Corps (OCCC), a nonprofit providing community support, the City of Anaheim and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), provided critical assistance to the community during the pandemic. OCCC Corpsmembers and staff dedicated more than 180,000 hours aiding residents, helped distribute over 25 million pounds of food and completed about 6,000 COVID tests daily. Learn more.
Orange County Business Council represents and promotes the business community, working with government and academia, to enhance Orange County’s economic development and prosperity in order to preserve a high quality of life. OCBC is comprised of the region’s most influential global businesses and organizations in the region, working to assure effective investment in infrastructure, an advanced education system that produces skilled workers, growth of venture capital and high tech companies, and housing solutions for the workforce. OCBC membership is comprised of some of the world’s largest global corporate leaders as well as representation from local government and academia.
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