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The OCBC through the years: a timeline

The Orange County Business Council’s roots date back to the late 1800s. Here’s a look at the organization’s evolution.

by steve churm and tori richardsPublished: July 01, 2011

1893
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Board of Trade is established with 50 members to help lure businesses to the newly formed Orange County. It helps establish the border with Los Angeles County.

1893
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Board of Trade is reorganized under the name of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and has 130 members.

1901
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The Chamber entertains the Canadian Press Association.

1904
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The Chamber helps secure the right of way for Pacific Electric Railway.

1909
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The Chamber is folded into the Associated Chambers of Commerce of Orange County, which “fostered a spirit of county amity and harmony,” according to the Santa Ana Daily Register.

1970
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The Greater Irvine Industrial League is formed as an advocate for business and later becomes the Industrial League of Orange County.

1990
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Orange County voters approve Measure M, a 20-year program for transportation improvements funded by a half-cent sales tax.

1992

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Partnership 2010 is formed by the Board of Supervisors to devise a plan for economic growth.

1994

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Orange County files for bankruptcy.

1995

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The Orange County Business Council (OCBC) is formed by combining the Orange County Chamber, the Industrial League, and Partnership 2010. Todd Nicholson serves as president and CEO.



JULY 2011 COVER STORY PACKAGE
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The Orange County Business Council through the years
OCBC Investors  |  OCBC Board Members

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