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Mark Percy, President, CLA-OC Welcome to the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County
A bi-monthly update from your CLA-OC team


With this being our final newsletter of 2020, we want to extend our gratitude to the many business and community leaders who came together this year around our shared mission to grow Orange County into a top tier innovation region in America. This is what we see as the best path forward to help build a thriving OC for all.

We have tried to listen carefully and find points of engagement with our members - purposeful business leaders who are each navigating one of the most challenging economies in modern memory. The progress we have made - and it has been significant - is due to their deep commitment to our community and belief in its long-term future.

The record-level participation at our recent CLA-OC annual meeting is highlighted below and signifies the importance of all sectors working together. Success metrics are now in place and we collectively plan to execute on our flywheel strategy in 2021 to strengthen our talent pipeline (Brighter Futures), especially from underserved communities, and to grow innovation jobs (Better Jobs).

We are thankful to be part of such an extraordinary community.

Be well and safe this holiday season,

Mark Percy
Mark Percy
CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County
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The third annual meeting of the CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County (CLA-OC) highlighted a hopeful silver lining amid the myriad challenges of 2020. Business, education and nonprofit leaders engaged around a framework to elevate OC to compete worldwide as a top-tier innovation region fostered through a vision of creating brighter futures and better jobs.

More than 150 stakeholders joined virtually to focus on the components of this framework put into effect during the year, and provide individual feedback and input to help inform and guide its focus moving forward.

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