Saddleback College and the South Orange County Economic Coalition released the inaugural 2015 South Orange County Economic Report, a data and market analysis of south Orange County, at a luncheon at Saddleback College on Friday, February 27th. More than 200 guests were in attendance, including the following local elected officials:
City of Aliso Viejo
Mayor William Phillips
Dave Harrington, Council Member
City of Lake Forest
Scott Voigts, Council Member
City of Laguna Hills
Barbara Kogerman, Mayor Pro Tem
City of Laguna Woods
Shari Horne, Council Member
Carol Moore, Council Member
City of Mission Viejo
Greg Raths, Mayor Pro Tem
Wendy Bucknum, Council Member
Ed Sachs, Council Member
City of Rancho Santa Margarita
Carol Gamble, Council Member
Mike Vaughn, Council Member
Jennifer Cervantez, City Manager
City of San Juan Capistrano
Sam Allevato, Council Member
Kerry Fergeson, Council Member
Karen Brust, City Manager
South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees
Tim Jemal, Trustee
David B. Lang, Trustee
Keefe Carillo, Student Trustee
Long Beach City College
Jeff Kellogg, Trustee
Capistrano Unified School District
John Alpay, Trustee
Gila Jones, Trustee
Martha McNicholas, Trustee
Amy Hanacek, Trustee
Larry Dick, President, Municipal Water District of Orange County
Duane Cave, Director, Mouton Niguel Water District
Joone Lopez, General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District
Francisco Barajas, Parks Commissioner, City of Lake Forest
Robert DeAlmeida, Planning Commissioner, City of Lake Forest
Additionally, representatives from the following elected officials were in attendance: Congressman Darrell Issa, Congresswoman Mimi Walters, Office of Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey, Office of State Senator Pat Bates, Office of Assemblyman Bill Brough, Office of Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner, and Office of Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett.
The report is the first of its kind to provide extensive data analysis and predictions for economic growth in the cities of south Orange County specifically, which contribute over $25.6 billion annually to the Orange County economy. The report, which was authored by Anthony Teng, dean of business science and workforce and economic development, covers the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, as well as the region’s unincorporated communities.
Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, stated, “We are proud to partner with the South Orange County Economic Coalition and strive to continue to make our region the place where businesses want to grow and people want to live, and where opportunities for prosperity continue to be discovered.”
Duane Cave, chair of the South Orange County Economic Coalition, stated, “This event shines a spotlight on the vital role our region plays in the broader Orange County economy, underscoring how important it is that the South Orange County Economic Coalition continues its effort to ensure a healthy and strong economy, business climate, and workforce. Our partnership with Saddleback College is critical to this effort.”
Guests received a hard copy of the report and heard presentations from Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, Duane Cave, chairman of the South Orange County Economic Coalition, and Anthony Teng, interim dean of business science and economic and workforce development. South Orange County Community College District Trustee David B. Lang led the Pledge of Allegiance.
To view the report, visit https://www.saddleback.edu/uploads/ewd/south_oc_economic_report_2015.pdf.
Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community. Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu.
The South Orange County Economic Coalition is the premier voice of business in the south county region and your opportunity to make a difference. Working hard to promote a strong economic climate, we provide current updates on issues discussed at the state, county and local levels. With this knowledge, you can make informed decisions to strengthen your business. To learn more about our efforts and to join the coalition, visit the www.economiccoalition.com.