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Policy Pulse: February 2, 2024

ACC-OC Policy Dinner: Governing in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

We're thrilled to share the success of our recent event on the transformative impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in local governance. The audience engaged actively with our esteemed panelists, including Dr. Kostas Alexandridis, GIS Analyst at OC Survey Geospatial Services, OC Public Works, Keith Strier, Vice President of Worldwide AI Initiatives at NVIDIA, and Dr. Erik Linstead, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor in Machine Learning at Chapman University. Together, we explored how AI can transform processes, enhance services, and benefit our county. Thanks to everyone involved, especially our sponsors, Alpha Vu, CLAOC, CR&R, and Disneyland Resort, for their invaluable support in making this event successful.

ACC-OC City Square Podcast

ACC-OC’s City Square Podcast has officially debuted! Tune in on all platforms to catch our Board President Stephanie Klopfenstein hosting special guests Sue Parks, President & CEO of Orange County United Way, and Elizabeth Andrade, Executive Director of Orange County United Way's 2-1-1 program. Discover the extensive services Orange County United Way offers countywide. Special thanks to National CORE for sponsoring our episode!

Upcoming Events!

In Other News

DisneylandForward Project

City of Anaheim Announces Unprecedented Package of Community Benefits for Residents as Part of the DisneylandForward Project.

DisneylandForward development agreement fact sheet winter 2023-24_202401241628125894
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As part of the Development Agreement under consideration for the project, Disney has agreed to significant investments to address issues facing Anaheim. The majority of Disney’s cash contributions would happen upfront and enable the City to jumpstart key initiatives.

Some Key Commitments by Disney Include:

  1. Invest a Minimum of $1.9 Billion in New Theme Park and Lodging Experiences in the First 10 Years

  2. Contribute $30 Million in the First Five Years to Fund Affordable Housing Projects in Anaheim

  3. Provide $8 Million to Park Improvements in Anaheim Outside the Anaheim Resort

  4. Contribute $85 million for Improved Traffic Flow, Pedestrian Circulation and Safety

  5. Continue Disney’s Successful Jobs, Mentorship and Career Development Program for Anaheim Residents

Learn more about how the DisneylandForward project is directly benefiting Anaheim residents here.

Orange County Sanitation District

Explore the world of wastewater with OC Sanitation Districts's FREE Spring Virtual Wastewater 101 Citizens Academy starting March 7th. Engage in four workshops covering environmental protection, the intricacies of wastewater treatment, and the vision for the future through our Capital Improvement Program. Secure your spot!

Click Here for more Details!

The Academy Dates location is below!

WW 101 Curriculum- Spring
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CalOptima Health

CalOptima Health is pleased to share that the Housing and Homeless Incentive Program (HHIP) Round 3 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) went live on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. Materials and the application portal link are available on the CalAIM webpage.

In line with CalOptima Health’s mission to serve members’ health needs and the HHIP purpose, this NOFO will be centered around three priority areas, including Equity Grants, Transitional Housing and Systems Change projects. Funding amounts/limits for each priority area are as follows:

Funding Priority

Grant Request Limit

Total Amount Available

Equity Grants

$100,000 maximum

$1 million

Transitional Housing

$5 million maximum

Up to $25 million

Systems Change Projects

$2 million minimum

Up to $10.18 million

All applications are due on February 22, 2024 (5:00 p.m. PST).

Please reach out to CalOptima Health’s CalAIM Program Development team at with any questions about the funding opportunity or bidders conference.

OCCOG 2024 Annual Conference Sponsorships Now Open!

OCCOG will be returning to Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda for the 2024 OCCOG Annual Conference on March 28th @9AM.

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