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Policy Pulse: April 19, 2024

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

ACC-OC's Economic Development & Tourism Committee, chaired by Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Norma Campos Kurtz, embarked on an exciting journey through OCV!BE's Immersive Technology Experience. This groundbreaking project is poised to redefine downtown Anaheim, transforming 100 acres into a dynamic district where culture and entertainment intersect. A future where the Anaheim Duck's home, the Honda Center, will be surrounded by tranquil park spaces, eclectic dining options, and immersive entertainment experiences unique to Orange County.

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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)

You have two options to submit your nomination: this link or the form below (Nomination Form). If using the link, please ensure you're using Chrome. If you choose to fill out the Word document, please submit the finalized document to Lauren Kline at

Golden Hub Nomination Form
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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, which has officially launched. ACC-OC Board President Stephanie Klopfenstein and President of Disneyland Resort Ken Potrock discuss Disneyland Forward and the incredible investment, job growth, and revenue the initiative will provide Anaheim, Orange County, and the State of California.

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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.

Metropolitan Water District Colorado River Aqueduct Tour

The Colorado River Aqueduct is a 242-mile system comprised of open canal, tunnels and siphons that carry millions of gallons of water a day from the Colorado River across the desert to the people of Southern California. Owned and operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the engineering marvel was built in the 1930s as the nation was emerging from the Great Depression, and immediately became an essential element in creating the vibrant Southern California we know today. The system works by pumping water up to higher elevations at five different points along the aqueduct, and then allowing it to flow downhill by gravity.

Join us as we visit the regional water system that delivers clean, reliable water to 19 million residents in Southern California. We will visit the Robert B. Diemer Water Treatment Plant in Yorba Linda, Lake Mathews in Riverside, Whitsett Intake Pumping Plant on Lake Havasu, and beautiful Copper Basin reservoir in the hills above Gene Camp. You will learn about the history of the Colorado River Aqueduct, how Colorado River water is managed, and what it takes to maintain this critical infrastructure that is nearing 100 years old.


ACC-C Washington DC Advocacy Trip

Join us as at the Nation’s Capital to advocate on Orange County’s top issues at the federal level. The trip includes a three-night stay at the Phoenix Park Hotel, OC Legislative Delegation Reception and Dinner, plus exclusive meetings and networking opportunities. Plane fare is not included. Registration opens soon!


In Other News

Goodwill of Orange County recently unveiled a new donation center, conveniently located in the parking area of Irvine United Congregational Church. This addition provides an accessible drop-off point, offering a seamless way to contribute to the community. Operating on Fridays and Saturdays, the center ensures that donors have ample opportunities to contribute their items. The strategic location aims to facilitate easy access for residents of Irvine and surrounding areas, promoting convenience and encouraging participation in the donation process. Nicole Suydam, the president and CEO, emphasizes the importance of donations in fueling the organization's mission to connect people with meaningful career opportunities and expresses gratitude for the community's support. Read the article HERE!


UCI Health welcomes new co-workers and patients from Fountain Valley, Lakewood, Los Alamitos, and Placentia. It expanded its presence by acquiring four hospitals and associated outpatient locations from Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Read the article HERE!


The Children's Education Foundation of Orange County is hosting its 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!

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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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