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OCBC celebrates Red Tape to Red Carpet awards

The award program lauds government agencies that have streamlined systems and saved money

by Gabriel CortésPublished: November 30, 2012 10:45 AM

Last night, the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) celebrated its second-annual Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet honorees at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. The awards recognize municipal programs and projects that have best cut the bureaucratic red tape so often associated with government work.

“Orange County and its cities are producing diverse, high-quality and innovative solutions to ‘cut red tape’ and ‘roll out the red carpet’ for job creators,” OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn told OC Metro. “The 2013 award winners of this prestigious business honor will not only positively impact Orange County, but all of California. These new strategies are a welcome change of culture in government that comes at a time when the economy is recovering, and when efficiency and effectiveness in government guarantee business success.”

In all, 10 leaders in the city and county government were recognized for their effort so be more efficient and more cost effective. Chase was the title sponsor for the awards. Other sponsors included The Boeing Company, The Center Club, County of Orange, OC Metro, C.J. Segerstrom and Sons, Disneyland Resort, San Diego Gas and Electric, and Apartment Association of Orange County, and Newmeyer and Dillion, The Irvine Company. Here’s a list of the honorees and their respective award categories:

Business Retention and Expansion
The City of Los Alamitos:
The city developed the Business and Residential Improvement Program to reinvest in the local economy, incentivize and promote improvements to properties and reduce construction costs. The program reimburses residents who “buy” locally when upgrading their property, thereby increasing tax revenues for the city.

Honorable Mention:
The City of Mission Viejo:
The city’s Improve Don’t Move and Commercial Building Fee Reduction programs save taxpayers money, encourage residential and commercial building improvements and stimulate the local economy.

Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse
City of Laguna Hills:
The city developed the Moulton-La Paz Commercial/Open Space Redevelopment Program to redevelop and expand the Moulton-La Paz Commercial Center, renovate the remaining unimproved open space and sell the property at fair market value.

City of Anaheim:
The city created the Anaheim Packing District project in partnership with the Lab LLC, to create a food-based themed campus with three components: Farmers Park which features cafes; Farmers Market which is anchored by the Packing House; and former Packard dealership buildings that showcase the historic preservation and reuse of the buildings.

Responding to Globalization
John Wayne Airport:
The John Wayne Airport Air Service Development Program works to obtain additional air service to support O.C. business and leisure travel. The program’s goal is to bring new international, nonstop service to JWA, thereby stimulating the local economy.

Sustainable and Green Development
City of Huntington Beach:
The city’s Sustainable Surf City program eliminates energy waste and uses cost-effective, on-site renewable energy. The program protects the quality of life through sustainable development, while improving the bottom-line performance of the business community and the city’s operations.

Public-Private Partnership
OC Community Resources:
The Community Services Division of the OC Community Resources Department received the Partnership Award for its significant partnerships formed to support economic development. By partnering with the public/private Working Group, the OC Community Resources Department successfully developed and finalized the county’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness. OC Community Services was also critical in forming partnerships that led to the creation of OC4Vets, a program that resulted in highly coordinated, seamless wrap-around services for military veterans, including job training services.

Public Sector Leadership
Will Kempton, CEO, Orange County Transportation Authority:
Will Kempton has cultivated extensive contacts throughout the transportation community and has used these connections to execute many policy and legislative objectives. Since taking the helm of the OCTA three years ago, Kempton has been responsible for completing or starting over $2 billion in transit projects throughout the county, including the Breaking Down Barriers program, through which OCTA collaborated with over 30 other organizations to bring local and national leaders from the transportation industry together and identify opportunities for expanding transportation projects.

Bureaucracy Buster
City of Laguna Niguel:
The city developed and implemented an Administrative Process for Cell Sites in the Public Right-of-Way, which creates a process to implement wireless coverage in residential and other hard-to-reach areas. The result is a new, long-term revenue source for the city and improved system capacity and reliability.

Honorable Mention:
OC Health Care Agency/Environmental Health:
The Orange County Health Care Agency created food safety and inspection tools to expedite the inspection and permit process for OC Fair food vendors, thus allowing the vendors to open on time and remain open for the duration of the fair.

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