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Policy Pulse: April 12, 2024

We are excited to share highlights from ACC-OC's Sacramento Advocacy Trip. Participants had the exclusive opportunity to engage directly with legislative leaders and advocate for policies crucial to our region. Discussions centered around key areas such as energy, infrastructure, housing, public safety, water, and other vital issues all aimed at representing OC's interest in lOCal government.

ACC-OC members had the privilege of meeting on the floor of the California State Senate Chamber with Senator Janet Nguyen, who shared insights on legislative history, procedures, and processes with our delegation.


Next Week!

ACC-OC Economic Development and Tourism Committee OCV!BE Tour

Hosted by ACC-OC's Economic Development and Tourism Committee, Chaired by Hon. Norma Campos Kurtz, Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Anaheim, we invite you to join us at our inagural committee meeting. This luncheon program will include an exclusive opportunity to see ocV!BE’s Immersive Technology Experience and preview the premiere mixed-use community and live-entertainment district, coming soon to Orange County.

Space is limited, register today!


The Golden Hub of Innovation Awards will recognize and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of individuals, organizations, and initiatives that have significantly contributed to innovation and regional development. These awards are a testament to the hard work, dedication, and brilliance of our community's changemakers.

Categories Include:

Technology-Driven Transparent Governance Excellence

Collaborative Community Development & Innovation

Community Safety and Resilience Excellence

Environmental Sustainability & Energy Efficiency

Transportation Innovation and Mobility Solutions

ACC-OC Innovator of the Year

City Staff Leader of the Year

City Manager of the Year

First Responder of the Year

Legacy Award (Judges' Choice)

In addition to the awards ceremony, we will also be installing our 2024 Board of Directors. These visionary leaders have been selected to lead our organization and drive regional innovation and growth. You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet and connect with these influential individuals shaping our country's future.


Join the Conversation on ACC-OC's City Square Podcast

-Where Orange County Comes to Connect-

Tune into the City Square Podcast coming on Monday, April 15, with ACC-OC Board President Stephanie Klopfenstein and President of Disneyland Resort Ken Potrock, discussing Disneyland Forward and the incredible investment, job growth, and revenue the initiative will provide Anaheim, Orange County, and the State of California.

Listen on all platforms


We're thrilled to announce our upcoming events and can't wait to share them with you all! Visit our website to register and secure your spot for these exciting opportunities.

MWD Colorado River Aqueduct Tour

Registration is now open! Join ACC-OC and MWD to tour their state-of-the-art Colorado River Aqueduct. 

May 17-19


ACC-OC Washington DC Legislative Advocacy Trip

Join us as at the Nation’s Capital to advocate on Orange County’s top issues at the federal level.

September 16-19th

Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington DC


The Children's Education Foundation of Orange County is hosting their first Orange County Local History Day!


Explore CDIAC's comprehensive education series, the "Debt Issuance and Administration Series" and the "Pension Fundamentals Series".

Debt Issuance and Administration Series:

  • Module 1: "Why Do Public Agencies Use Debt Financing" (15 minutes)

  • Module 2: "What You Need to Know Before Issuing Debt" (13 minutes)

  • Module 3: "Strategy Drives Structure" (25 minutes)

  • Module 4: "The Use of Debt Policies to Manage Risk" (22 minutes)

  • Module 5: "It Takes a Team: The Roles of External Professionals in a Successful Issuance" (29 minutes)

  • Module 6: "Marketing and Structuring Strategies for a Win-Win Debt Insurance" (29 minutes)

  • Module 7: Implications and Documentation of Your Long-term Debt Commitments" (17 minutes)

  • Module 8: " Becoming a Model Borrower" (19 minutes)

Pension Fundamental Series:

  • Part 1: "Pension Introduction" (27 minutes)

  • Part 2: "Elected Officials' Role in Pension Management" (40 minutes)

Access all these invaluable resources and enhance your understanding of public finance through CDIAC's Education Portal. Registration is free.

View the Flyer Here!

CDIAC Elect Ed Course Descriptions M1-M8 20240213
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KCAL/KCBS featured a segment spotlighting CalOptima's Street Medicine Program in Garden Grove during their 4:00 PM news broadcast. This story does an excellent job of showing how the program works and fulfilling its ultimate goal of helping people find housing.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently provides two types of grants. One focuses on climate initiatives, while the other is dedicated to environmental justice efforts

EPA has announced two competitions for CPRG implementation grants – a general competition for applications from states, municipalities, tribes, tribal consortia, and territories, and a competition only for tribes, tribal consortia, and territories. These competitions are open to entities that received planning grants to develop Priority Climate Action Plans (PCAPs) under phase 1 of the CPRG program, as well as entities that did not directly receive a planning grant that are applying for funds to implement measures included in an applicable PCAP. Eligible applicants may only apply for funding to implement measures contained in an applicable PCAP.

EPA’s new Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants program (Community Change Grants) has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for approximately $2 billion dollars in Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funds in environmental and climate justice activities to benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges. These place-based investments will be focused on community-driven initiatives to be responsive to community and stakeholder input. They are designed to deliver on the transformative potential of the IRA for communities most adversely and disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, and historical disinvestments.


U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) announced its Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2024 funding opportunity (DE-FOA-0003158). This funding opportunity will invest up to $30 million across nine topic areas to research, develop, and validate technologies with the potential to significantly advance building decarbonization.

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