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GO-Biz recognizes the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
4/1/2014 9:55:00 AM
GO-Biz recognizes the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for awarding local government entities for their best practices and innovative services.



We recognize the Silicon Valley Leadership Group for their “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” awards program. The program commends local government agencies for improving service to citizens and encourages an environment that furthers economic development and job creation.

The Leadership Group, in partnership with other business associations in the Silicon Valley, held their first awards ceremony on December 13, 2013. The awards program was judged by former public sector officials and private sector business leaders in Silicon Valley. Awards highlighted 5 specific categories: Business Retention and Expansion, Responding to Globalization, Sustainable Green Development, Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse, and Use of Innovative Technology.

“All too often, private citizens complain about public agencies,” said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino.  “We should also remember to commend public agencies when they are innovative, responsive and creative in efforts to grow the economy and jobs.”

“In Silicon Valley, we are often at the epicenter of innovation,” continued Guardino.  “However, our Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet awards program was actually borrowed from Lucy Dunn at the Orange County Business Council, proving that great ideas can be created or emulated.”

Over 30 applications were submitted from 21 public agencies and were judged on the extent of economic impact, achievement of stated goals through measurable results, public-private partnerships, innovation, and ability to be re-created.  The panel of judges selected seven award winners in the five categories (two categories included two winners) from projects submitted by the City and County of San Francisco, Dublin, Redwood City, San Jose, San Jose Mineta International Airport and Santa Clara County.   The award program is proof that public-private sector partnerships can work to improve efficiency of service and improve business climate and create jobs.   The Leadership Group will begin soliciting applications from public agencies in mid spring, and the 2014 “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” award reception will be on December 11, 2014 in San Jose.

GO-Biz recognizes the Orange County Business Council
3/24/2014 10:07:00 AM

GO-Biz recognizes the Orange County Business Council for awarding local government entities for its best practices and innovative services.



We recognize the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) for its “Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet” awards program. The program applauds local municipal programs and projects that go above and beyond to cut through bureaucratic red tape and encourages business development, growth, jobs creation and success.

OCBC’s Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet Awards was developed to honor local governmental agencies for implementing innovative policies and programs that cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth, and open doors to private sector job creation.  By recognizing those programs, OCBC encourages other public sector agencies to follow in the same footsteps, creating policies and programs that have a positive impact on Orange County’s economy.

Program Awards are presented annually 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 is presented to the nominee demonstrating a steadfast commitment to public-private partnerships, and the Leadership Award is presented to an outstanding leader in the public sector who is advancing economic development in their community.

“Orange County is producing diverse, high-quality and innovative solutions to ‘cut red tape’ and ‘roll out the red carpet’ for job creators,” said Lucy Dunn, OCBC President and CEO. “The winners of this prestigious business honor will not only positively impact Orange County, but all of California. These new strategies are a welcome change of culture in government that comes at a time when the economy is recovering, and when efficiency and effectiveness in government guarantee business success.”

The winners are selected by a committee of diverse business industries, chaired by Dan Miller, Senior Vice President, Entitlement and Public Affairs, The Irvine Company. Since the beginning of the program in 2011, the nomination pool has consistently comprised of high-quality applications in each award categories.  Nominations are received from a diverse number of public agencies including county departments, cities, special districts, and school districts.  OCBC has also witnessed increased media coverage and replication of the program, particularly with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group in San Jose, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership in San Bernardino, and other economic development organizations interested in job creation.