IRVINE, CA - As the fate of California's proposed Infrastructure Bond Package draws near, Bill Campbell, Chair, Orange County Board of Supervisors and an Orange County Transportation Authority Boardmember, and other esteemed experts will talk about workforce housing, environmental impacts, and the mobility implications from Measure M [the 20-year, one-half-cent-sales-tax-funded transportation improvement program that began in 1990] - considered vital for achieving smart growth objectives in the area during the Orange County Regional Growth Dialogue. The event is hosted by the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) and the California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL) on Tuesday, September 12, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the OCBC office, 2 Park Plaza, Irvine.
OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn, who will lead the discussion at the Orange County Regional Growth Dialogue, indicates that the goal of the event is to increase efforts in developing shared regional infrastructure priorities and funding criteria. For more information on the Orange County Regional Growth Dialogue, call 949.476.2242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orange County Regional Growth Dialogue speakers joining Mr. Campbell and Ms. Dunn are: Barry Sedlik, Undersecretary: Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, State of California; Marian Bergeson, Chair, California Transportation Commission; and Steve Lenzi, Senior Vice President, Automobile Club of Southern California. Infrastructure topics they will discuss include transportation enhancement; what Measure M means for the county; prioritizing and funding needs; and the next steps to take.
"Workforce housing is one of the more significant challenges facing Orange County," adds Ms. Dunn. She notes the findings of local economists that a significant number of county residents between the ages of 20 and 40 are relocating outside of the region to pursue more affordable housing options - even though job opportunities are increasing at the local level. "Their continuing exodus will have a drastic effect on our area's future education system, job growth and quality of life." Statewide, only 23 percent of California's first-time buyers meet the minimum requirements to purchase a $482,000 home [based on a ten percent down payment, with a 6.48 percent adjustable rate mortgage], according to a recent report released by the California Association of Realtors.
In addition to partnering with the OCBC, CCRL is co-hosting Regional Growth Dialogues with several other Regional Collaboratives throughout California. The next Regional Growth Dialogue will be in held in the [San Francisco] Bay area on Thursday, September 21.
Sponsors of the Regional Growth Dialogues are Bank of America; Caltrans; The Nature Conservancy; the Morgan Family Foundation; and the following CCRL Regional Collaboratives and partner organizations: the Bay Area Council; the Fresno Area Collaborative Regional Initiative; the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; the Orange County Business Council; the San Bernardino Associated Governments; and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.
The Orange County Business Council is the leading voice of business in Orange County, California. OCBC 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.
The California Center for Regional Leadership, with offices located in Los Angeles and San Francisco, is a statewide nonprofit organization, established to support, facilitate, and promote innovative regional solutions for the state's major economic, environmental, and societal- challenges, to help achieve a more sustainable California.
David W. Fleming, Esq., who is of counsel to Latham & Watkins, is the Chairman of CCRL; he is also Board Chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley and the incoming Board Chair of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Other CCRL Board of Directors are: immediate past CCRL Chair David Abel, President, Metro Forum Project, and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; Hope Boonshaft, California Film Commissioner and consultant; Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, the City of West Sacramento, and President of EdVoice; Robert Garcia, Executive Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest; Randal J. Hernandez, Senior Government Relations Executive, Bank of America; former California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg, Partner: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D., Bedrosian Chair in Governance, University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning & Development; John A. Perez, Political Director, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 324; Julie Meier Wright, President and CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation; and Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council. Bonny L. Herman is the CCRL President and CEO.