Grow OC into a top tier innovation region in America

The key to building vibrant communities lies in cross-sector collaboration that creates new opportunities and solves persistent challenges. We convene the right people, the right business practices and the right resources to help make that happen.


Our priorities for Orange County are:

A better jobs strategy for the county
Growth in innovation jobs that have a 5 to 1 multiplier
Growth in the talent to fill those jobs
Cultivate a workforce of diverse viewpoints and skillsets
Lessen social problems through this better jobs strategy

Our unique flywheel approach

We face important challenges in creating and sustaining jobs that enable people to live a quality life in an expensive region like Orange County while improving their health, longevity and overall well-being. In addition, better jobs can help address social problems.

A strategy was needed with a ripple effect and a focus on innovation. Each innovation job can generate five additional jobs. Moreover, an innovation economy can attract dollars from around the country and the world.

CLA-OC represents diverse business sectors with guidance from talented leadership who are passionate about our community. We seek to be a catalyst and collaborator to move the county forward around a common vision.

Our four-part strategy is designed to create a multiplier effect as a flywheel that spins and builds momentum.  Those workstreams reinforce each other as key leverage points to build compounding impact over time.


Impact in Orange County

Vision: A business-led system of 21st century K-14 career pathways that aligns with education and nonprofit innovation, leading to jobs and a quality future for all OC students, especially the underserved.  Remove hunger as a barrier to learning.

2020 Goals
  • Design pilot around a systematic approach to work-based learning that gets younger students interested in promising career paths, taking relevant courses, and piquing their interest in careers where the jobs are in demand
  • Involve at least 3 companies in the Career Pathways pilot
  • Recruited CEO leaders: CHOC and PIMCO
  • Formed working partnerships with OCDE and OC STEM
  • Organized roundtable for community leaders and announced CLA Career Pathways pilot
  • Created and raised funding for the 2nd ePrize with the goal to encourage educators to work with industry on the design and implementation of scalable pilot(s) to greatly expand WBL opportunities that contribute to career trajectory pipelines for students beginning in high school and leading into community college.
  • Launched the 2nd ePrize on work-based learning in collaboration with Chapman University Attallah College of Educational Studies
  • Recruited some of the largest employers, e.g. UCI
  • CHOC & PIMCO as part of the 2nd ePrize work-based learning (WBL) Project
  • Leveraged CLA seed funding for pilot with 8:1 ratio through community
  • Launched pilot to provide nutritious meals to students in grades K-6

Vision: A vibrant OC business community that attracts and develops talent, meeting the dynamic and evolving needs of individuals and business.

2020 Goals
  • Launch pilot for collaborative levels of commitment
  • Organize a long-term solution for interface between companies and universities, including a University Reference Guide
  • Launch Orange Fellowship pilot program which is designed to connect and develop the next generation of Orange County business and community leaders
  • Held quarterly Employer Coalition meetings (currently 37 companies)
  • Mapped collaboration opportunities with relevant university deans
  • Established workgroups to target areas of highest need and impact
  • Collected data for University Reference Guide to connect employers and universities
  • Launched Partner Pathways - a program to address the importance of continued employment for all partners in dual-career families

Vision: A distinct regional identity that celebrates OC’s inclusive and opportunity-rich communities, engaging relevant stakeholders to attract and retain innovative talent and enterprises.

2020 Goals
  • Update EnvisionOC.org v2.0 website with improved links, build out interactive map feature, and invest paid search and paid social media to drive traffic/engagement
  • Launch social media, opt-in email and quarterly event-based campaigns, with click and attendance metrics
  • Crowd-source campaign to grow content
  • Build strong collaboration between companies for engagement/improvement of site
  • Staffed working team and steering committee
  • Launched V1.0 website (June 17 2019) based on “Have It All” narrative
  • Linked site to: member company career pages; community resources; city information; and vignettes
  • Selected metrics to measure usage and inform future upgrades

Vision: A top-tier innovation economy with connected deep talent pools, mentors/ advisors and world-class support services, fueled by abundant local capital

2020 Goals
  • OC Master Fund AUM of $60M
  • Launch OC Master Fund Board
  • Build relationships with next VC cohorts
  • Map OC’s distinctive clusters
  • Strengthen innovation ecosystem connections as a convener
  • Validated structure and capital needs
  • Created an OC Master Fund with goal of $500M in 3-5 raises
  • Selected and validated first two local VC’s for $100M Fund 1
  • Kicked off fundraising
  • Completed McKinsey study comparing OC start-up ecosystem to others with a definitive list of possible next steps to bridge gaps