SOURCE: Orange County Business Council

Orange County Business Council

July 01, 2011 11:00 ET

OCBC to Honor Local Governments "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet"

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 1, 2011) - Orange County Business Council (OCBC) is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the first annual "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet" Awards, honoring Orange County's local governments and special districts that have cut through regulatory red tape in order to stimulate job creation, business growth, and economic prosperity.

Program Awards will be presented at an afternoon reception on November 17, 2011 for achievement in the following categories: Business Retention and Expansion, Responding to Globalization, Sustainable and Green Development, and Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse. The Partnership Award will be presented to the nominee demonstrating a steadfast commitment to public-private partnerships, and the Leadership Award will be presented to an outstanding leader in the public sector who is advancing economic development in their community.

Nominations are due by September 15, 2011, and may be completed online at The entry fee is $75 per nomination, and there is no limit to the number of entries an agency or jurisdiction may submit.

OCBC's 2011 theme, "Turning Red Tape Into Red Carpet," is not just a rallying cry for fewer government regulations, but an acknowledgement of the good work local government can do in tough times to help business produce, grow and hire. In February OCBC recognized the efforts of local government to cut through red tape and contribute to the region's economic recovery at their Annual Dinner. Honorees included Orange County Transportation Authority, Southern California Association of Governments, County of Orange, Orange County Department of Education, Irvine Ranch Water District, Orange County Sanitation District, Anaheim Union High School District, and the Cities of Anaheim, Orange, Huntington Beach, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Brea, Fullerton, and Irvine.

For more information about the "Turing Red Tape Into Red Carpet" Awards, visit or contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications, at 949.794.7221 or

About OCBC:
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. OCBC serves member and investor businesses with nearly 250,000 employees and 2,000,000 worldwide. In providing a proactive forum for business and supporting organizations, OCBC helps assure the financial growth of America's fifth largest county. For more information, visit

Contact Information

    Katherine Reedy
    Director of Communications