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Policy Pulse: April 5, 2024

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-

Catch up on the latest episode of City Square, Where ACC-OC Board President Stephanie Klopfenstein hosts Michael Hunn, CEO of CalOptima. Together, they explore the crucial services provided by CalOptima, ensuring equitable access to health and human services for all Californians. A special thanks to our sponsor, AIM Youth Mental Health, for supporting this episode.

Our latest episode of City Square podcast is live!

Stay tuned for our next episode-its something you won't want to miss!

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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.

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. Register Here


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


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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